Picks and Pans Main: Screen

updated 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

All businesses ought to be like the movies in one way: When a director such as Tim Burton has a huge success as he did with Batman, he is often allowed at least one vainglorious, box-office-be-damned follow-up—Edward Scissorhands in Burton's case. So why shouldn't a good bus driver be allowed one day to follow a route of her or his choosing, passengers' destinations aside? A surgeon who had saved a patient could just hack out whatever piece suited her or him the next time he went in the operating room. An award-winning chef could forget the menu and cook up a batch of canned spaghetti. Maybe—sigh—a movie reviewer who had turned a grammatical phrase could stay home and just watch videotapes of The Searchers, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Wizard of Oz all day.

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