MOVIE'Malcolm X'"Malcolm X" is Spike Lee's brilliant life...

WEEKEND PICKS

November 21, 1992|By Stephen Hunter

MOVIE

'Malcolm X'

"Malcolm X" is Spike Lee's brilliant life of Malcolm, a complex, sweeping, passionate movie that gives its complex hero his rightful place in our culture. Denzel Washington does a brilliant job as the charismatic X, born Malcolm Little, who comes up the hard way: through racism, poverty, crime and bitterness. The movie follows him from zoot suit days to petty crime to prison to his emergence as a troubling avatar of black separatism to his final embrace of a more forgiving humanism. It's a great film. *** 1/2 . Rated PG-13.

Tom Dulack's comedy, "Breaking Legs," takes place in an Italian restaurant, and though the plot is slim, the performances -- particularly those of Vincent Gardenia, Joseph Mascolo and Gary Sandy -- are delicioso. The show may not broaden your mind, but at least it's one way to spend an evening in an Italian restaurant without broadening your waist. Weekend performances at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, and at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $22.50- $42.50. Call (410) 625-1400.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

ART

Old works get fresh look

There are a number of old friends in Grimaldis' 15th anniversary show, but they communicate a sense of the fresh and challenging thanks to creative juxtaposition. One Theodoros Stamos painting brings out the intensity in another. Two of Grace Hartigan's paintings look quite different, but in essence the one is as abstract as the other. Anthony Caro's sculpture seems unusually referential. And so on. The show also contains works by John Baldessari, Jonathan Silver, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Eugene Leake and Alice Neel. Through Nov. 29 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery, 1006 Morton St. Call (410) 539-1080.

By John Dorsey

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