tantalize

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RICH ON atmosphere, heavy with metaphor and short on the kind of vitality that might fix an audience's interest, ``Ask the Dust'' is Robert Towne's latest meditation on Los Angeles' past, a place that tantalizes immigrants, throws them together and asks them to get along.
The unique character of Jerusalem tantalizes the senses.
In many of the paintings Harms takes a recognizable image from the landscape and attacks it with arbitrary marks until it nearly disappears from view - an old Willem de Kooning trick - and the resulting bramble tantalizes the viewer with the insistence of a half-remembered name.