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MOVIES OF THE WEEK / Kevin Thomas

April 08, 1990|Kevin Thomas

James Toback's 1983 Exposed (Channel 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a drenchingly romantic thriller lots stronger in style than credibility in which an ambiguous angel of death (Nastassja Kinski) captivates a concert violinist (Rudolf Nureyev) and also a Paris-based terrorist (Harvey Keitel).

The 1977 Annie Hall (Channel 13 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is landmark Woody Allen, a declaration of maturity and a witty semi-autobiographical romance in which he stars with Diane Keaton.

The new TV movie Crossing to Freedom (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) is a World War II drama starring Peter O'Toole as a reluctant hero intent on leading a band of French children to safety in England.

Twin Peaks (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) is the new David Lynch TV movie, which launches the series of the same name and lays bare the dark underside of a small Pacific Northwestern town.

King of the Gypsies (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.) brought Peter Maas' engrossing 1978 multi-generational saga to the screen in synthetic, all-star fashion.

Capital News (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) is a new TV movie/series pilot set in a Washington newspaper and starring Lloyd Bridges and Helen Slater.

The 1985 That Was Then, This Is Now (Channel 13 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is a sincere film about two delinquents starring Craig Sheffer and Emilio Estevez (the latter adapted the script from an S. E. Hinton novel).

Forbidden Nights (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is a new TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert and based on American teacher Judith Shapiro's experiences in China.

Switching Channels (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), that frenetic, misfired 1988 attempt to update "The Front Page" to the cable business, traps Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve in an enervating, joyless endurance course.

Julien Temple's Earth Girls Are Easy (Channel 11 Wednesday at 8 p.m.) is a jazzy, snazzy 1988 rock musical about a dumped-on Valley Girl (Geena Davis) who ushers three girl-crazy extraterrestrials (Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans) around town after they crash-land in her swimming pool. Fluff, but fun.

Chariots of Fire (Channel 13 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), the 1981 multi-Oscar winner, traces the parallel lives of two very different British athletes who competed in the 1924 Olympics.

Break of Dawn (Channel 28 Wednesday at 9 p.m.) is an awkward yet moving biography of Pedro Gonzalez (Oscar Chavez), a Mexican singer who became an influential recording and radio star whose career ran afoul of corrupt, exploitative Anglo politicians.

The 1985 Stick (Channel 5 Thursday at 8 p.m.) took a gem of an Elmore Leonard novel and turned it into a mediocre Burt Reynolds vehicle.

Like all anthology comedies, the 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.) is a hit-and-miss affair, with the hits outweighing the misses to yield an amiable enough diversion.

Reckless (Channel 5 Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a shallow, irresponsible 1984 feature teaming then newcomer Aidan Quinn as a small-town Brando-Dean type entangled with bored rich girl Daryl Hannah.

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