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But who could? Even the writers don't have the nerve to make this mayor either a buffoon or a villain. Based on the film's content, he's either one or both. Yet it seems that somehow we're being asked to see him as he sees himself--a lonely, heroic figure. So, what could have been a fast, funny, down-and-dirty dish of city politics is instead a startlingly sanctimonious, sentimental and pompous melodrama of self-justification.

A few quick notes: Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, Frieda Lee Mock's documentary portrait of the designer of the Vietnam War Memorial, among other stirring (and controversial) public works, plays this week at Valley Art Theatre in Tempe.

The film version of Clifton Taulbert's novel Once Upon a Time ... When We Were Colored, the directorial debut of actor Tim Reid, will have a single screening at Harkins Cine Capri at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The cost of tickets--$50--is steep, but it's a benefit for the Special Friends Program of Arizona Planned Parenthood, and Reid is scheduled to attend. (More info: 277-7526.)--M. V. Moorhead

Rumble in the Bronx:
Directed by Stanley Tong; with Jackie Chan, Bill Tung and Anita Mui.
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