The Monitor Movie Guide
Red stars denote the reviews of Monitor movie critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor panel ( blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs, sex/nudity, and profanity is compiled by the Monitor panel.Skip to next paragraph
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And Baby Makes Two (Not rated)
Directors: Judy Katz, Oren Rudavsky. With Jan, Debbie, and other New York women. (60 min.)
Skillfully made documentary about several women who, for a wide variety of reasons, have decided to become single mothers. Absorbing and enlightening.
Coming Apart (Not rated)
Director: Milton Moses Ginsberg. With Rip Torn, Sally Kirkland, Viveca Lindfors. (110 min.)
Reissue of a unique 1969 melodrama about a manipulative psychotherapist who uses a hidden movie camera to record his interactions with patients, friends, and sex partners. The aptly named film vividly crystallizes the mixture of artistic adventurousness and emotional anarchy that characterized the cultural extremes of the 1960s era; it's weirdly engrossing if you can handle its crudities, cruelties, and bursts of barely contained craziness. Contains explicit sex.
My Son the Fanatic (R)
Director: Udayan Prasad. With Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Stellan Skarsgard, Akbar Kurtha, Gopi Desai. (86 min.)
The venturesome Hanif Kureishi wrote this colorful drama about a hard-working Pakistani immigrant who agonizes over his son's decision to become an Islamic fundamentalist instead of blending into their adopted English culture. The story loses momentum when it wanders into the father's friendships with a businessman and a prostitute, but overall it's intelligently written and appealingly acted.
Regret to Inform (Not rated)
Director: Barbara Sonneborn. With Barbara Sonneborn, Xuan Ngoc Evans. (72 min.)
Documentary about the troubled lives, harrowing experiences, and bittersweet memories of women who lost their husbands in the Vietnam War, including the filmmaker herself. The movie gains depth and breadth by including interviews with women from North and South Vietnam as well as the United States, although its brief running time limits the thoroughness of its exploration.
The Wedding March (Not rated)
Director: Erich von Stroheim. With Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, Zasu Pitts, Matthew Betz, George Fawcett, Maude George. (112 min.)
Revival of a 1928 masterpiece by one of silent film's most legendary and extravagant artists, who also plays the central role of a pampered Austrian prince caught between the poor girl he loves and the aristocrat his mother wants him to marry. Assets include a major performance by Wray five years before "King Kong" made her a full-fledged Hollywood star, Stroheim's outsized portrayal of the hero, and the zealous attention to detail that was both the glory and the curse of his directorial career.
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An Ideal Husband (PG-13)
Director: Oliver Parker. With Jeremy Northam, Julianne Moore, Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, John Wood, Minnie Driver, Peter Vaughan, Jeroen Krabb. (97 min.)
Oscar Wilde's play inspired this supple comedy, centering on a well-starched British gentleman who's hiding a secret that could touch off a political scandal if a beautiful blackmailer doesn't get what she wants. The dialogue is witty, the cast is appealing, and modern-day moviegoers will spot more than a few parallels between their morally checkered age and London of a century ago.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (PG-13)
Director: Jay Roach. With Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green, Robert Wagner. (100 min.)
The silly secret agent returns in his first sequel, wherein the evil Dr. Evil time-travels to the '60s and steals the "mojo" that powers our hero's sex appeal. The satire is crammed with sexual and scatological humor; some may find this Rabelaisian and refreshing - others, the end of civilization as we know it.
Dr. Evil steals the show, "shagadelic," witty.
Sex/Nudity: 12 references to sexual activity. Violence: 4 slapstick scenes. Profanity: 35 expressions. Drugs: 12 scenes with drinking and/or smoking.
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci. With David Thewlis, Thandie Newton. (92 min.)