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MOVIE CHATTER

Funny but true

Curtain Up! celebrations aren't just for live theater any more. Movie theaters have gotten in on the act, too! Tonight, when Buffalo toasts the start of the fall theater season, the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre will be featuring live music by jazz songstress Barbara Levy Daniels, along with sushi refreshments and a cash bar. There'll also be a second chance to see the comedies featured last Friday at the theater, including "City Slickers," "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and shorts by the Three Stooges. Proceeds will be donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The fun goes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more info, call 855-3022.

Parental guidance

When the kids are nagging to be taken to a movie, when they're whining and claiming that Zack and Tiffany and Hannah got to go . . . who you gonna call? Try a Web site called www.kidsinmind.com A godsend for the wary parent, the site offers the skinny on what's really going on in current movies - specifically, who's saying what and who's doing what to whom. Three numbers after the title rate the movie's preponderance of sex, violence and profanity, from 0, for none, to 10, for a lot. Take "Bait," the new Jamie Foxx movie. It rates 5 on the sex scale, 7 on the violence scale and a perfect 10 on the profanity scale. (There must be discouraging words in every sentence!) A click brings details - most of which, in the case of "Bait," we wish we hadn't investigated. Videos are included, too. It's a good way to get the real lowdown - and, in most cases, rent "Mary Poppins" instead.

Short subjects

The Cleveland Film Society, which runs ongoing movie series such as "The Magic of Movie Musicals," is soliticing proposals for future series. Knowledgeable instructors are invited to step forward, and from what we gather from their brochure, if you've written extensively on film or led an adult education class, you could be qualified. Interested? Call (216) 623-FILM, Ext. 10. ... The Bogart brouhaha continues at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre through September (call 855-3022 for information). Starting Saturday, it's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

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