Director: James Toback. With Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams. (100 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *** The adventures of an Ivy League basketball player and his cronies, including a lover with a mobster dad, a platonic girlfriend with her own drug lab, and a kinky professor at his university. Toback has been transfixed by sex, money, gambling, and philosophy as long as he's been making movies. The first half of this freewheeling comedy-drama finds him at his imaginative best. The second half sinks into silliness as he throws in every twist that might sell a couple of more tickets.
Director: Tuck Tucker. With Spencer Klein, Craig Bartlett, Christopher Lloyd, Jennifer Jason Leigh. (72 min.)
Staff ** Arnold and his hip friend Gerald try to stop the corporate Goliath Scheck from tearing down their beloved neighborhood to build a shopping mall. With the help of an enigmatic stranger and a secret agent-like comrade, the buddies search for a lost document that would protect their historical community. Sketches from hit movies like "Men in Black," "The Incredible Hulk," and "The Shawshank Redemption" are amusingly woven into subplots in this adaptation of the Nickelodeon TV series. The ending is jovial, but the story line is far-fetched and the dialogue is hackneyed. Unnecessary violence and mature themes aren't suitable for young kids. Wait to see 'Hey Arnold!' on video. By Chase Clements (age 13)
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 6 scenes cartoonish violence, 3 with blood. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.
Director: Nicole Holofcener. With Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer. (89 min.)
Staff *** See review, page 16.
Director: Gregg Lachow. With Megan Murphy, Jeff Weatherford, Cynthia Whalen, John Holyoke. (110 min.)
Sterritt * A married couple drift apart in the wake of a friend's suicide. Then they encounter friends and strangers who help them understand their needs and desires a tiny bit better. Lachow goes for cuteness and whimsy every chance he gets, missing a lot more often than he hits.
Director: Steven Brill. With Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Steve Buscemi, Peter Gallagher. (91 min.)
Staff * See review, page 16.
Director: Hélène Angel. With Serge Riaboukine, Virginie Guinand, Bernard Blancan, Maaike Jensen. (97 min.)
Sterritt ** Serious psychological trouble brews when a moody Frenchman returns home after a long absence, sparking questions about his past and tension between his brothers, who have problems of their own. Much of the story is viewed from the standpoint of two young girls in the family, giving the drama an unusual perspective. In the end there's more nasty behavior than constructive insight, though. In French with English subtitles.
Director: Robert Altman. With Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, Janice Rule. (125 min.)
Sterritt **** Inspired by a dream Altman had at a troubled time in his life, this 1977 masterpiece blends realism with surrealism as it offers an unhurried look at two painfully ordinary young women whose personalities undergo eerie alterations as they get to know each other. Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.