CINEMA: ONE LIFE TO LIV--BUT CAN SHE ACT?

Start with the already famous, indeed controversial lips. just say she's got Bette Davis mouth; she kisses like Gelsey Kirkland; her Cinema-Scope pout could belong to Soupy Sales after he's been smacked with a cherry pie. Now let's move on. There must be more to discuss in the burning media matter of Liv Tyler. Can she act? Does she possess a screen radiance? Are her new movies any good? Quick answers: hard to tell; could be; and no.

In Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, Tyler visits a Tuscan villa where the regulars rhapsodize over her innocence, her naturalness, her cutiful-beautifulness. In James...

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