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June 15, 1997|Kevin Thomas

Burt Reynolds directs as well as stars in the 1993 TV movie The Man From Left Field (KCBS Sunday at 9 p.m.), which seems skewed toward grade-schoolers, despite an air time that ends past their bedtimes. With Reynolds playing a soft-spoken amnesiac who coaches a ragtag juvenile baseball team toward Little League glory and punches out abusive dads, think more of a very lowbrow "Bad News Bears."

Pacific Heights (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.), a moderately entertaining 1990 psychological suspenser directed by John Schlesinger, stars Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine, who rent one of the apartments in their San Franciscan Victorian to Michael Keaton's renter from hell.

Robert Epstein and Richard Schmeichen's 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk (KCET Thursday at 10 p.m.) is a powerful and incisive study of the political career and assassination of one of the nation's first openly gay elected officials.

Garry Marshall's 1984 slyly amusing The Flamingo Kid (KTLA Saturday at 6 p.m.) stars Matt Dillon in a cheerily cynical memoir of growing up, circa '60s, as a Jewish kid torn between big money and family devotion while working at a beach club. Notable for a terrific cast-against-type turn by Richard Crenna.

Albert Pyun's 1993 Nemesis (KCOP Saturday at 6 p.m.) is that rarest of rarities: a hard-action thriller that actually has some provocative ideas to balance out the ultra-violence expected of exploitation pictures. A shoot-'em-up set in 2027, it stars well-muscled Olivier Gruner as an L.A. cop whose mission is no less than to save humanity from annihilation by cyborgs intent on replicating the entire human race, starting with the world's leaders.

Tony Scott's 1990 Revenge (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.) is about how a Navy pilot (Kevin Costner) falls desperately in love with the wife (Madeleine Stowe) of a Mexican millionaire overlord (Anthony Quinn); what might have been a galvanizing pulp thriller bogs down in melodramatic murk.

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