Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. With Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Irma Rausch. (205 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt **** A newly restored version of a great masterpiece of Soviet cinema, etching the life of a legendary 15th-century icon painter in intensely poetic, expressionistic terms. Must be seen to be believed.
Director: Michael Moore. With Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson. (120 min.)
Sterritt *** Contemporary film's most freewheeling documentary-maker turns his sights on the longtime American love affair with guns, including a living-room confrontation with National Rifle Association leader Heston and a discussion with goth-rocker Manson that's amazingly articulate. Moore turns the camera on himself too often for comfort, but he provides an eye-opening array of facts and revelations.
Director: Rick Famuyiwa. With Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Queen Latifah.
Staff ** She's an editor at a music magazine. He's a record-company executive. Dre and Sidney have been friends since childhood. They share a love of hip-hop and know every detail about each other's lives, but they have never been romantically involved. Dre ends up getting married and Sidney gets engaged, but did they make a mistake? It gets tiresome when Sidney uses hip-hop as an endless metaphor for her love for Dre (I've loved "hip-hop since I was a little girl" meaning Dre). The movie has some funny moments, but it ultimately crumbles and never crystallizes. By Lisa Parney Connors
Director: Arthur Dong. With Brian Bennett, Kathleen Bremner, Susan Jester, David Jester. (75 min.)
Sterritt *** Earnestly made documentary about Christian fundamentalists coming to terms in various ways with homosexuality among their families and friends. The film discusses important social and personal issues, although the interview subjects don't always have enlightening things to say.
Directors: David Levien, Brian Koppelman. With John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper, Andrew Davoli, Vin Diesel, Seth Green. (92 min.)
Sterritt * A group of young Brooklyn thugs invade a small Montana town to retrieve a satchel of illicit cash they've lost there, coming to blows with various locals including a sheriff who's as corrupt as they are. The story is a string of sub-Scorsese clichés, and if engaging actors like Malkovich and Hopper seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, imagine how unwatchable Diesel manages to be.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. With Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman. (95 min.)
Sterritt *** See review, page 14.
Director: Roger Avary. With James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Eric Stoltz, Swoosie Kurtz, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Faye Dunaway, Ron Jeremy, Kip Pardue. (110 min.)
Sterritt * Sex and love meet fear and loathing on a college campus in this hyperactive adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel. Most of the characters are one-dimensional, and Avary's over-the-top directing doesn't make them interesting for more than a few isolated moments. At least the cast includes someone for every possible taste.
Director: Guy Ritchie. With Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Turturro, Bruce Greenwood. (92 min.)
Sterritt * See review.
Director: Jay Russell. With Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving, Victor Garber, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** See review, page 14.
Director: Peter Kosminsky. With Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright-Penn, Patrick Fugit. (110 min.)
Sterritt ** See review, page 14.
Director: Bob Dolman. With Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen. (97 min.)