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-$ I I1 II 'Sling Blade,' sublime bent characterizations by Barney Basin Gazette Reviewer "Sling Blade" is a film that has replaced action with interaction. This film is a character study told in a narrative fashion, which makes it almost like reading a book. This story doesn't happen, it unfolds through the rich recre- ations of the residents involved. It's a video that should be viewed twice, once for the story line and once for the characterizations. Director, writer and star, Billy Bob Thornton, gives an extraordinary performance as the mentaly challenged lead character. Not content with just giving his best as an actor he then turns his directing skills to get the best from his cast, which in turn raised the entire level of the production. Just think, what a film "Metro" could have been if Billy Bob Thornton had a hand in it. Dwight Yoakam, who basically is known as a good guy country crooner turns in a powerhouse performance as the abusive boyfriend. His portrayal is so believable that you find yourself saying, "I've known guys like that." In watching, you wonder what make a woman, in this case, Natalie Canerday, stay in the relationship? As the reels roll on Yoakam reveals not only the violent side of his character but also the vulnerable side and the question is at least partially answered. John Ritter, who for two years was known as TVs leading hetero-sexual, jumped the fence in "Sling Blad." r It was a bold move for Ritter to try. It was also a bold success. The story is about a man who comes home from a mental hospital after 25 years of confinement for a brutal crime. He is befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother. He is confronted by her abusive boy friend. This is the collision course that leads to the climax. "Sling Blade" is the weapon of choice as well as a choice film. Pahrump Valley Gazet,'3huayl July 24, 1997 AA1 [] I. 11 ]lack 2. o . Ya Vatlon 4. bolut Por g. !;croam (o. Turllanco 7. Mlcll q. 1 11 rtm lO.l or  Two I: 727-5010 9.30am - lOimn 1500 [. HwV. 312 Pabmnm, NV r FREE BCKJACK TOURNAMENT " EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON at2 p.ml (sign ups at 1;30 p,m,) $100 GUARANTEED PRIZE MONEY Re-buy money wili  added to guaranteed cash Drize. 1st = 60% of total prize money 2nd = 30% 3rd 10% Att Rules posted at 21 pit Ask for your Free 'GET OUT OF TOWN 2 ] TOURNEY CARD* every Wednesday night: For more information cat! Longstreet !nn & Casinol 21 pit aEer 5 PM (702) 372-]777 Live entertainment July 25-26 M.T. Pockets 8 p.m. to midnight Friday night Seafood Buffet and Prime Rib only $10.95 Includes two Lobster Tails per person. (Four lobster tails only $14.95) A feast from the sea featuring lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams and delicious fresh fish. A slice of juicy prime rib as a bonus RV PARK SLIMMER SPECIAL: $5 per night w/full hook-ups through August BEEF WELLINGTON COMPLETE DINNER only $10,95 per person with "all you Stateline 373" can eat,' Salad Bar, Dessert included, (Saturday night only,) Amargosa Valley, Nevada 89020 702-372-i777 Fax 702-372-1280 ,.- , #