Productivity and the sort of go-getter attitude we need for a better economy are enhanced by an interlude of enlightenment. This latest look at our ecosystem comes from Chris Parsons, one-time head of the BBC's natural history unit and producer of David Attenborough's Life on Earth series and the widely acclaimed The World Around Us series. Parsons, recognized the globe 'round as an authority on wildlife filmmaking, works this time with IMAX cameras.
The wildlife in this instance is plants: our little green friends who are busily pumping out oxygen and holding the soil in place and providing food. Patrick Stewart narrates this visually stunning film, loftily explaining the interdependence of all forms of life and using his round, pear-shaped tones to talk about really neat stuff like plants that eat bugs. The new IMAX film plays weekdays at 11 a.m., 1, 3, & 7 p.m. Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park, 639-IMAX. $5, $3.50 children under 12.