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Summer Cinema 2000
Coming soon to a multiplex near you: rampaging dinosaurs, fireball-dodging heroes, horny teens and hated mutants sworn to defend mankind.
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Volume III, Issue 48
May 22 - May 29, 2000

News & Opinion

If the West wants to sell the concept of democracy without cynicism, it had better care about what happens to places like East Timor, writer/director John Sayles reports. Everyone in Washington is digesting the latest punditry concerning George W. Bush's possible vice-presidential running mates. Thirty years ago, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the appearance of President Nixon at a Billy Graham rally sparked anti-war protests. Also, getting tickets when there aren't any, the implications of global warming, and more.

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Film & TV

You're bound to find something to get excited about in our Summer 2000 cinema preview. The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen is an episodic yarn that features escaped convicts on a seriocomic journey through 1930s Mississippi. Disney's "Dinosaur" roared into the nation's movie houses this weekend. Does triumphant animation merge with cartoon voices and a slim story line? Also, reviews of Woody Allen's new "Small Time Crooks," the videos of Chris Elliot, and more.

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The Clash homed in on their concerns like sharpshooters, articulating much more clearly than the latter-day hardcore bands or the muddle cooked up by hippies with punk haircuts. Knoxville's most storied band, road warriors of some 500 shows and three albums spanning over a decade, defunct now for the last seven years, together again. Rhino's new diskdedicated to the delights of barbecue is also packed with lots of juicy information. Plus, comparing the latest Veruca Salt album with the new one from former frontwoman Nina Gordon, Nashville musicians who don't follow the mainstream, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Little Engines That Can
Better Than Myths
Strange Museums Online
One Of Their Own
Triumph in River City
and more...

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Summer is often the time for light reading, but life's too short to waste on disposable literature, so check out some of these titles. George Saunders isn't interested in the way things are in real time, but he is interested in the internal skeleton, the spiritual truth below the truth. Two new books of photographs celebrate the joys of sex with differing results. One is a bare-skin memoir of old girlfriends, the other just a step below porn. Plus Carl Hiaasen's latest, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes K. Rat and Random Shots.

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