MOVIESWho murdered hubby?''Mortal Thoughts'' is not always...


April 20, 1991|By Lou Cedrone


Who murdered hubby?

''Mortal Thoughts'' is not always plausible, nor is it particularly surprising when it wants to be, but this murder/mystery doesn't bore, and there are some nice performances by Demi Moore, Glenne Headly and Ms. Moore's star husband, Bruce Willis. Ms. Moore and Ms. Headly play good friends who are questioned about the death of Mr. Willis, who plays Ms. Headly's abusive husband. Harvey Keitel is the police detective who questions the two women. Language, sex, violence. Rating: R ** A delightfully funny version of the Czech playwright/president Vaclav Havel's excellent sociological farce, "The Increased Difficulty of Concentration," is being performed in the Studio Theatre at Towson State University. Part of the TSU/Theatre Project Experimental Theatre Festival, the two-act play centers on the frenzied activities of Huml, an intellectual trying to survive in a highly mechanized and repressive society. The student cast, headed by Joey Scherr, shines in all roles. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets: $8/$5. 830-ARTS.

Winifred Walsh


The lure of the waterway

In rivers and oceans we see "the ungraspable phantom of life," wrote Herman Melville in "Moby Dick." That fascination with, and connection to, the waters around us provides the lure of a new 13-part series premiering tonight on Maryland Public Television. "On the Waterways" (at 9, channels 22 and 67) is hosted by Jason Robards and offers a look at the people and issues of shoreline North America. Tonight's debut is set on the North Atlantic coast, but a future show spends time in the Chesapeake Bay. Robards, by the way, can also be seen this weekend as Abraham Lincoln in a new ABC movie, "The Perfect Tribute" (at 9 p.m. tomorrow, Channel 13).

Steve McKerrow Artist Barbara Kassel combines visions of real and imaginary landscapes with ideal interiors, some inspired by medieval frescoes. The paintings can seem meditative and disquieting. Her latest series, drawn primarily from images of Africa and the Middle East, is on display at Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. In one painting, barbed wire and watchtowers threaten the beauty of the land. In another, a solitary leopard crosses camp, establishing a tentative link between natural and artificial worlds. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 539-1080.

Linell Smith


Film with an ending

''Bonfire of the Vanities'' was finished before it started, brought down by critics who resented the fact that the movie moved away from the book. It was good that it did. The book had no ending. The film does. It also turns the story into a comedy, which may be the best way to go with this particular tale. Tom Hanks is the broker who is accused of having run down a inner city youth. Melanie Griffith is the broker's ditsy mistress who knows the truth, and Bruce Willis is the reporter who acts as observer to all this. Language. Rating: PG-13. ***

Lou Cedrone

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