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Director: Garry Marshall. With Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo. (114 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** Andrews is excellent as the queen of an itsy-bitsy European principality who decides the nation's next ruler should be her granddaughter, a San Francisco teenager. With its leisurely pace and unfancy filmmaking, this is a likable throwback to an old tradition of family-friendly Disney comedies.
Staff *** Benign, whimsical, bland.
VS/N: None. VV: None. VP: None. VD: 2 scenes with drinking.
Director: Jerry Zucker. With John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Goldberg, Seth Green. (112 min.)
Staff *1/2 When a millionaire (Cleese) sets up a cross-country race between a group of contestants, they have little idea of the mishaps that will ensue as they strive to beat the others to a $2 million prize. "Naked Gun" director Zucker adds plenty of energy to the madcap episodes the all-star cast find themselves in, but the laughs are scattershot.
By Stephen Humphries
Staff *1/2 Flashy, nonsensical, simplistic, cocky. S/N: 5 instances of innuendo. VV: 12 comic scenes, one fairly unpleasant. VP: 33 occasionally harsh expressions. VD: 5 scenes with alcohol, 1 with cigarettes.
Director: Bret Rattner. With Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Zhang Ziyi, Chris Penn, Don Cheadle. (88 min.)
Staff **1/2 Just put Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker together for 90 minutes, and you've got a hit movie. Here, the detectives chase Triad counterfeiters from Hong Kong to Las Vegas. Never mind that the sequel's stunts and fight-scene choreography aren't as impressive as those of the first movie - the amped-up comedy more than compensates to carry the day.
By Matthew MacLean
Staff *** Flashy, nonsensical, simplistic, cocky.
VS/N: 4 scenes of innuendo; 3 scenes of male posterior nudity. VV: 11 scenes. VP: 40 expressions, many harsh. VD: 3 scenes with alcohol, 3 scenes with smoking.
Director: Olivier Assayas. With Emmanuelle Béart, Charles Berling, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Perrier. (180 min.)
uu After his marriage in the early 1900s, a French clergyman gives up his religious calling and devotes himself to running his family's porcelain business. This historical drama is literate and ambitious. But its novelistic sweep doesn't suit Assayas's idiosyncratic talent, and much of it is duller and talkier than one expects from the director of "Irma Vep," still his best movie. In French with English subtitles
In stores sept. 25
Director: David Mirkin. With Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman. (124 min.)
Staff ** A mother (Weaver) and daughter (Hewitt) use their looks and low-cut dresses to scam their way through life by marrying, and then divorcing, millionaires. The cast is better than the material, especially Gene Hackman. At over two hours long, you may be left feeling a little bit conned by the end. By Stephen Humphries
Staff ** Predictable, unoriginal, vapid
Director: Stephen Sommers. With Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, The Rock. (125 min.)
Sterritt ** A handsome adventurer and his Egyptologist wife dash through an Indiana Jones-style story about the resurrection of a three-millennium-old nemesis. Writer-director Sommers serves up sword-swinging action, but there's not a moment of real feeling in this expensive but empty-hearted epic.
Staff **1/2 Good romance, witty references to other films, over the top.
(In stores Oct. 9)
Director: Harald Zwart. With Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas, John Goodman. (93 min).
Serritt ** Tyler plays a loose-living woman whose beauty bedazzles every romance-starved man who takes a look at her. There's plenty of sex and violence in this "Pulp Fiction"-style comedy, but it's all so fast and frenetic that you may notice its MTV-style energy more than its gross-out moments.
Staff ** Poor story, aimless, Tyler vamps well.