VIDEO'Grand Canyon'"Grand Canyon" is a little touchy-feely...

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July 04, 1992|By Stephen Hunter MOVIES Playing ball in 'League of Their Own'

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'Grand Canyon'

"Grand Canyon" is a little touchy-feely for some critics (including this mean one), but many people loved its evocation of regular folks trying to come to terms with the random violence and spiritual despair in modern-day L.A. Kevin Kline plays a lawyer who befriends tow-truck driver Danny Glover, and from this central relationship all sorts of interesting complications ensue. A snotty version of a big-time movie producer very much like Joel Silver, played with parvenu's relish by Steve Martin, doesn't help much. ** 1/2 . R.

"A League of Their Own" is probably the best of the big summer movies. It examines the first year of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a stopgap measure started up by baseball execs in 1944 that took on a life of its own. Madonna has a minor role as a saucy outfielder, but the show belongs to Geena Davis as the team's catcher and most mature player and Tom Hanks as its besotted and begrizzled manager. A wonderful summer movie. *** 1/2 . PG.

Stephen Hunter Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' small-scale musical "Once on This Island" -- currently at the Kennedy Center in Washington -- is low on glitz but high on the more essential components of theater: storytelling, creativity and the sheer exuberance of live performance. Adapted from Rosa Guy's novel "My Love, My Love," which is, in turn, a West Indian version of "The Little Mermaid," the show is a Caribbean delight as infectious as its calypso rhythms. Weekend performances are scheduled for today and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50- $41. Call (800) 444-1324.

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J. Wynn Rousuck Savor the clips; ignore the analysis -- well, most of the analysis anyway. That's the way to watch most TV salutes and retrospectives. That's the way to watch "James Cagney: Top of the World" at 8 tomorrow night on cable channel TNT. Michael J. Fox is the host, which is something else worth ignoring, to these collected flashes of Cagney brilliance. The special is followed by Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

David Zurawik

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