Following is a partial look at films screening today at the Mann's Westwood Triplex.
'HEARTS AND DIAMONDS' United States, 1984, 83 minutes 12:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
This is Lucinda Jenney's distressingly inept posing of the old dilemma: Can a poor girl can find happiness with a rich boy, or is she better off sticking with her own kind? Incredibly, there's even a crudely interjected Three Mile Island subplot. The heroine does get a laugh, although possibly unintended, when she reveals that her autograph-seeking mother was run over by Loretta Lynn's tour bus.
'THE HORIZON' Japan, 1984, 135 minutes 12:30 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.
Said to be inspired by the experiences of the sister of its veteran writer-director, Kaneto Shindo, and spanning 1920 to the postwar era, "The Horizon" is a highly uneven epic of the Japanese-American experience told from a Japanese point of view. The first part, which tells of a picture bride's adjustment to a harsh life in a new world, is most impressive; subsequently the film wavers badly, developing a shaky sense of time and place, only partially redeemed by Nobuko Otowa's performance of the bride in maturity. The concentration camp sequences are powerful, but virtually every Anglo on screen is portrayed as a shrill stock-company villain.