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Stories for July 5, 2008

Midnight Movie: Pee Wee's Big Adventure

July 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Written by Reubens, Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol and directed by Burton, the film delivers something quite magical. The filmmakers create a zany and surreal world for Pee-wee yet it all seems perfectly natural and credible. Plus, it's all infused with a subdued yet rampant silliness that's enchanting. The film succeeds because it continually throws comic surprises at you. At one point, Pee-wee encounters a tough escaped convict who's been serving time for cutting off the do-not-remove-tags from pillows, and the con ends up having a soft spot for Pee-Wee. Later Pee-wee wins over a gang of bikers with his coolly nerdy dance to

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 5
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting