Director: Mike Leigh. With Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Alison Garland, James Corden. (127 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *** See review, page 15.
Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Kofman. With Jacques Derrida, Marguerite Derrida. (85 min.)
Sterritt *** Who would have guessed a documentary about Derrida, the great French philosopher of deconstruction and "différence," would be so entertaining? He emerges as a nice guy as well as a brilliant mind, and he's certainly a master at evading questions he doesn't like. Still, the things he says on camera aren't nearly as profound as the passages quoted from his books.
Director: Julie Taymor. With Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd. (120 min.)
Sterritt * See review, page 14.
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. With Louis Jouvet, Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier, Simone Renant. (102 min.)
Sterritt *** A sleazy show-biz entrepreneur is murdered, and a crusty police inspector hunts for the killer, knowing that too many people had excellent reasons for despising him. This pungently filmed 1947 melodrama doesn't rank with Clouzot classics like "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear," but it's full of hard-boiled charm and has a musical score that adds extra dimensions to its impact.
Director: Dylan Kidd. With Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Beals. (105 min.)
Sterritt **** See review, page 14.
Director: Jonathan Demme. With Thandie Newton, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Robbins, Lisa Gay Hamilton. (104 min.)
Sterritt *** See review, page 14.
Director: Stephen Gaghan. With Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam. (99 min.)
Staff ** A promising college senior (Holmes), under pressure to win a plum job after graduation, is being harassed by a former boyfriend, who has been missing and presumed dead for two years. This first directing effort by screenwriter Gaghan ("Traffic") generates a few suspenseful moments, but its leaps between past, present, and future are more confusing than artful. The student's romance with a much older cop (Bratt) is unconvincing, and the muddled surprise ending lacks much punch. By Gregory M. Lamb
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes of implied sex and innuendo. Violence: 3 instances, including drowning. Profanity: 7 harsh expressions. Drugs: 1 scene with drugs; 4 with alcohol, 2 with smoking.
Director: Paul Schrader. With Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson, Ron Leibman. (107 min.)
Sterritt *** This movie documents the rise and fall of Bob Crane, popular star of the '60s TV sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," who ruined his life and career when he befriended a technology wonk and participated in living-room orgies recorded by his sleazy companion with then-innovative video equipment. Kinnear gives a pitch-perfect performance as the self-destructive actor, and Schrader offers one of his most harrowing explorations of the temptations and dangers of sensuality, a theme that has fascinated him throughout his career.
Director: Paul Greengrass. With James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell. (107 min.)
Staff *** Demanding civil rights for Northern Irish Catholics interned without trial by the British government on Jan. 30 1972, Protestant member of Parliament Ivan Cooper (Nesbitt) led a peaceful march of his Catholic constituents through Derry's Bogside district. British paratroopers, enforcing a ban on demonstrations, opened fire on the marchers, claiming they were armed. They killed 13 and wounded 14. Investigators found no weapons. In pseudodocumentary style, the film believably gives the marchers' side of the case, arguing that Bloody Sunday was an immense miscarriage of justice. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 1 instance innuendo. Violence: 11 scenes, including bloody shootings. Profanity: 18 harsh expressions. Drugs: 6 scenes smoking.
Director: Michael Moore. With Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson. (120 min.)