Capsule reviews by Desson Howe unless noted.


COME SEE THE PARADISE (R) -- Director Alan Parker leaves "Mississippi Burning" behind for another look at a dark chapter in American history. Dennis Quaid is a New York union organizer who moves to Los Angeles in 1936. He falls in love with Tamlyn Tomita, whose Japanese-American family is about to be swept up by the events of World War II. Area theaters.

EVE OF DESTRUCTION (R) -- Dutch actress Renee Soutendijk follows countryman Rutger Hauer's route with a starring role as an android in her first Hollywood film. But she also gets to play the destructive robot's creator. Gregory Himes is the blade runner, oops, "counter-insurgency expert" who must track the android down. Area theaters.

FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER (PG-13) -- Brad Johnson is Navy Lt. Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton, pilot of an A-6 Intruder during the Vietnam War who conducts an unauthorized bombing raid deep behind enemy lines. This adaptation of Stephen Coonts's best-selling novel also stars Willem Dafoe as bombardier Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole and Danny Glover as squadron leader Commander Frank Camparelli. Area theaters.

FREEZE -- DIE -- COME TO LIFE (Unrated) -- The title of this bleakly beautiful but emotionally brittle Russian film refers to a children's game, but it is also an obvious metaphor for the barren spiritual life of the boy protagonist. So chilling is it, in fact, that you'll have to take his rebirth on faith. Director Vitaly Kanevski's autobiographical first film is set at the end of World War II in a small mining town in the Soviet Orient which encloses, and is as stringently impoverished as, a POW labor camp. Against the entrenched bullying and brutality of the shantytown residents, young Valerka's truancies and petty vandalism seem meant to be proof of his vitality and artistic rebellion, but he makes few leaps of the imagination; this is a picaresque adventure with no peak. Still, the two child actors -- Pavel Nazarov as Valerka and Dinara Drukarova as his closest ally, rival and rescuer -- have a deeply troubling, dark intensity. Drukarova especially has a preturnatural wariness that transcends even the stereotypical script. Shot in black and white, "Freeze -- Die" has impressive pictorial moments, though none unfamiliar: miners emerging from the long larynx of the wood-ribbed tunnel, claustrophobic shanty halls, an Escher-raftered bell tower, a misery-crazed woman who strips herself naked and rides a broom. (The camera's position is sometimes stable and narrative, sometimes distorted, sometimes off-kilter home-movie style, though the changes don't seem to correspond to any character development.) Everything is doomed here, and yet the sense of tragedy comes less by right than by rote. Kanevski's Tolstoy would have said that all Stalinist-era children are stunted in the same way. At the Key. -- Eve Zibart

WHITE FANG (PG) -- Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke and an unidentified wolf star in the Walt Disney production of Jack London's novel about survival in the wilderness.