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September 18, 1992 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "School Ties," Brendan Fraser plays David Greene, a '50s working-class Jewish kid from Scranton, Pa., who is recruited by a hoity-toity New England prep school to become its star quarterback. The coach (Kevin Tighe) and headmaster (Peter Donat) are aware that he's Jewish but look the other way; they want their team to win. David quickly becomes Big Man on Campus but at a personal price--to avoid almost certain ostracism, he doesn't reveal his religion or his background to his buddies.
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December 25, 1989 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Perhaps, in our movies, we've grown too accustomed to the slick, the violent and the ersatz. When great pure dramatic subjects come up--evil in our century, brutality vs. conscience--do we know how to handle them anymore? Costa-Gavras' "Music Box" (at the AMC Century 14) focuses on a crisis of conscience within a young Chicago lawyer (Jessica Lange) defending her father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) at a deportation hearing where he is accused of Holocaust-era crimes.
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February 6, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
To many people who grew up after the '50's, perhaps including film maker Paul Schrader, rock 'n' roll was not just party music but a form of redemption: an anthem with a jackhammer beat flung against the joylessness of life. The fact that parents often dismissed it as noise or, worse, an incitement to evil, only intensified that feeling.
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November 7, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON
Jeannine Claudia Oppewall came to production design by an odd route. She pursued a liberal arts education in college, studying art history with thoughts of becoming a writer. As a result, says the designer whose work for "L.A. Confidential" and "Pleasantville" received Oscar nominations, she knows that there are designers with better technical skills. She says what she brings to the job, though, "is my understanding as much as I can about the history of Western culture and other cultures.
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