Director: Andrew Davis. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francesca Neri, John Leguizamo, Cliff Curtis. (110 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *See review, page 15.
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances innuendo. Violence: 16 scenes. Profanity: 33 expressions, including 21 mild. Drugs: At least 4 scenes with drinking and smoking.
Director: Mira Nair. With Shafiq Syed, Nana Patekar, Chanda Sharma, Raghubir Yadav. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** Nair made a highly acclaimed feature-filmmaking debut with this 1988 drama about an 11-year-old Indian boy who's abandoned by the circus troupe he works for, makes his way to the city, and sustains a precarious existence in a wildly crowded, utterly unpredictable, poverty-stricken urban jungle. The story sometimes seems hesitant to confront the most harrowing implications of the harsh realities it portrays. But it benefits greatly from Syed's close-to-the-bone performance as the boy - he was an urban refugee himself when Nair discovered him - and from its vivid depiction of Bombay's teeming community of homeless children and adults. In English and Hindi with English subtitles.
Director: Wang Xiaoshuai. With Cui Lin, Li Bin, Shou Xun, Gao Yuanyuahn, Zhao Yiwel. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** See review, page 15.
Sex/Nudity: 1 brief scene. Violence: 6 scenes. Profanity: 8 expressions. Drugs: At least 7 scenes smoking.
Director: Jez Butterworth. With: Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, Vincent Cassel. (93 min.)
Staff ** It must have taken Nicole Kidman months to learn this script. For her role as Nadia, an Internet-order bride from Russia, the actress spends half the movie speaking Russian. Arriving in England, Nadia is met by her intended, John, a lonely, crushing bore of a banker wanting to spice up his life. Nadia isn't all she seems; John soon finds his British reserve punctured as his life spirals out of control. The movie, alas, isn't as lively as Kidman's performance. A quirkier sensibility and a fleshed-out plot are the missing ingredients. By Stephen Humphries
Staff **1/2 Odd, forgettable, edgy, lots of plot twists, ultimately shallow.
Sex/Nudity: 10 scenes, including 4 with innuendo. Violence: 17 scenes. Profanity: 19 expression, 10 of which are mild. Drugs: At least 16 scenes of smoking and drinking.
Director: Ridley Scott. With Josh Hartnett, Sam Shepard, Tom Sizemore. (148 min.)
Sterritt * The fact-based story focuses on US troops sent to Mogadishu in 1993 to disable a powerful Somali warlord by kidnapping high lieutenants who've helped him rule by terror. Their obstacles include aggressive enemy soldiers and hostile civilians, and the nightmare grows worse when two helicopters are shot down, sparking a hard-fought battle to rescue crash survivors. The screenplay lauds the resolute spirits of the troops, and Scott uses hard-hitting images. But the nature of warfare merits more thoughtful examination at this precarious time. Since the filmmakers offer no insights, their motives must be to sensationalize war's horrors and capitalize on its thrills. We deserve better.
Staff ***Gut-wrenching, extremely violent, savage, lacks content, well directed.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: Most of the film is violent with at least 45 battle scenes, many very gory. Profanity: 22 expressions. Drugs: 10 scenes.
Director: Christophe Gans. With Jean Yanne, Emilie Dequenne, Vincent Cassel. (142 min.)
Sterritt **In the time of Louis XV, a French detective and a native American mystic uncover a web of skullduggery as they probe a series of killings thought by local peasants to be the work of a supernatural monster. Gans tries to match "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with a mix of action, romance, and mythic overtones, but much of the horrorfest is more frenetic than fascinating. In French with English subtitles.
Staff ***Good monster movie, excessive, dark, mystical.
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes. Violence: 18 scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: 8 scenes with drinking, smoking; 2 with drugs.
Director: Kevin Reynolds. With Jim Caviezel, Richard Harris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Guy Pearce. (113 min.)