Movies:It takes nerve to make a World...



:It takes nerve to make a World War II film, one that includes all the familiar ingredients, but "Memphis Belle" delivers. Most of the film takes place aboard the fabled B-17 as its crew members fly their 25th and final mission over enemy territory. You've seen it all before, but you'll be moved by this film. There is lots of excitement. Matthew Modine, right, is the pilot and Eric Stoltz, Sean Astin and Harry Connick Jr. are members of the crew. Language. Rating PG-13. ***

Pennsylvania artist David Hopkins examines the simple, often bleak, strengths of Pennsylvania farm country in a show at Steven Scott Gallery. In one painting, a modest white building serves as a vault into limitless thoughts of mountains and sky. Another painting crackles with the uncertainty of brooding clouds. Hopkins shares the show with sculptor Jerome Collins, technician of the sculpture studio at the Maryland Institute, whose painted cast bronzes give form to subjects ranging from the burden of Atlas to the troubled global environment. The show runs at the gallery, 515 N. Charles St., through Oct. 27. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Call 752-6218.

Linell Smith


"Dracula...The Musical?" at the Spotlighters Theatre Is a spoof on the old "Dracula" story. The show, by Rick Abbott, has some funny moments and some talented actor-singers. Count Dracula moves to the English countryside where he is frustrated in his attempts to seduce young women with his quasi-romantic songs. Paul Nicholas delights as a suave and comical Dracula. Mandy Kriss, above, Allison Adams and Mike Moran add to the fun. 817 St. Paul St. Tickets: $7. 752-1225.

Winnie Walsh


Gods Must Be Crazy II"s not quite as charming as the first film, but the laughs -- many of them visual -- are frequent. Xixo is the bushman whose children jump aboard a truck that is being used by poachers. Father tries to find the children before the poachers do. Lena Farugia and Hans Strydom are a New York lawyer and a zoologist who take part in the chase. Language. Rating: PG. **

Lou Cedrone


Dwight David Eisenhower Below, America's 34th president, would have been 100 on his birthday tomorrow. The occasion is being marked with special retrospective reports on both of the good public affairs network shows tomorrow morning, NBC's "Sunday Today" at 8 on Channel 2 and "CBS Sunday Morning" at 9 on Channel 11. Ironically, the Texas-born man who would win the White House on the strength of his World War II Army leadership was the son of parents who belonged to a religious sect opposed to war.

Steve McKerrow

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