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LOFTY THOUGHTS `TIBET' GETS THE AUDIENCE PONDERING

Tabulations are based on an exit poll averaging at least 300 film-goers per movie. Viewers rate the movie between 1 and 4 stars. "Audience Approval" is the percent who gave the film either 3 1/2 or 4 stars.

AUDIENCE NUMBER
MOVIES APPROVAL OF STARS
PUBLIC CRITICS
THE FULL MONTY
1. 90% 3.83.4
THE EDGE
2. 90% 3.73.3
SOUL FOOD
3. 89% 3.83.1
L.A.
4.CONFIDENTIAL 86% 3.63.6
SEVEN YEARS
5.IN TIBET 80% 3.52.9
KISS THE GIRLS
6. 80% 3.62.3
IN & OUT
7. 78% 3.42.8
THE GAME
8. 75% 3.52.9
MONEY TALKS
9. 70% 3.42.0
GANG RELATED
10. 69% 3.32.6
ROCKETMAN
11. 65% 3.32.6
THE PEACEMAKER
12. 63% 3.32.8
A THOUSAND
13.ACRES 63% 3.22.3
SHE'S SO LOVELY
14. 61% 3.03.0
MOST WANTED
15. 59% 3.22.0
WISHMASTER
16. 55% 3.2N/A
THE MATCHMAKER
17. 49% 3.02.9
EXCESS BAGGAGE
18. 43% 2.82.8
MIMIC
19. 42% 2.82.6
U-TURN
20. 35% 2.92.4
TOP 20 AUDIENCE APPROVAL AVERAGE: 67 PERCENT

COMMENT

"Seven Years in Tibet" stars Brad Pitt as a former Nazi who abandons his pregnant wife to dash off for a bit of mountain climbing for Third Reich glory. Captured by the British and interned in India, he escapes to the remote reaches of Tibet. After he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, a friendship ensues that transforms Pitt into a global thinker and Buddhist pacifist. The film's principal virtue is its ability to bring attention to the ruthless treatment Tibetans have suffered at the hands of the Red Chinese.

Moviegoers said: "I enjoyed every bit, even though it moved slowly in parts," "Convincing story and superb acting" and "The spectacular scenery really added a lot to the movie." (News Critic Jeff Simon: "The story is good, Brad Pitt looks good and is good, David Thewlis is good, everything about the movie is good. So why does Jean-Jacques Annaud's movie feel like penance for some sin you don't remember committing? A most insoluble question." He gave it 3 of 5 stars.)

NEW RELEASES

"Gang Related": James Belushi and Tupac Shakur are crooked cops with a lucrative scam: They murder drug dealers and keep the goods for themselves. Unfortunately, a DEA agent is among their latest victims, and the heat comes down strong. This dark comedy contains troubling but realistic themes. This was Shakur's last film; he was murdered shortly after completing "Gang Related." Viewers said: "It was really kind of frightening," "It seems like the way things could really be" and "Aren't there any good guys out there?" (News Staff Reviewer Rafer Guzman: "A clever, funny and very weird movie in which everything is upside-down: The cops are killers, the FBI agents are persecutors, and nobody is who he seems to be. It's full of delightful surprises and nasty shocks." He gave it 4 stars.)

"RocketMan": This is one of those films you just hate to admit you liked. Harland Williams is a computer geek with a lifelong ambition to become an astronaut. He's working as a guidance specialist when the intended pilot of a spacecraft headed for Mars is hospitalized. Williams is the only one available to journey forth with the rest of the crew, and the results are what might happen if Jim Carrey and Curly Howard were along for the ride.

Moviegoers said: "It made me happy," "Everybody around me laughed out loud with it" and "My whole family laughed through the entire movie." (News Staff Reviewer Mary Kunz: "How do astronauts go to the bathroom? What gross foods do they eat? All kids' space questions are answered in this loony comedy." She gave it 3 1/2 stars.)

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