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THE WEEK'S FILM PICKS BY TIMES CRITICS

April 01, 1990|Kevin Thomas

DESERT BLOOM

In his 1986 film, writer-director Eugene Corr does what you never thought possible: makes you feel nostalgic about being 13 in the 1950s. Corr deftly parallels a coming-of-age story with the dawning of the nuclear era. The cast includes Annaaeth Gish, Jon Voight, Ellen Barkin and JoBeth Williams.

Sunday at 11 a.m. HBO

MRS. SOFFEL

At once unpredictable yet captivating, Gillian Armstrong's 1984 film was based on an actual 1901 incident involving the dutiful wife (Diane Keaton) of the warden of Pittsburgh's forbidding Allegheny County Jail, whose life is transformed when she encounters two new prisoners (Mel Gibson and Matthew Modine) sentenced to hang in a controversial case. What happens unfolds with completely credible psychological validity.

Tuesday 9:20 p.m. TNT

THE WOMEN

This 1939 classic, directed by George Cukor and based on Clare Booth Luce's play, stars Norma Shearer as the perfect suburban wife whose husband has nevertheless been snared by a hard-as-nails Joan Crawford. There's not a man in sight in this delightful comedy, but its array of stars includes Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell.

Saturday 11:30 p.m. TNT

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