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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Director: Kevin Reynolds. With Jim Caviezel, Richard Harris, Guy Pearce. (113 min.)

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Sterritt *** Caviezel plays Edmond Dantes, a French sailor who hits hard times when his best friend steals his girlfriend, a corrupt magistrate brands him as a courier for Napoleon, and he's thrown into an island prison. Things look up when he escapes, finds buried treasure, and sets about taking revenge on his treacherous enemies. The filmmakers focus more on personalities and emotions than action and violence, and the acting soars even when dialogue sags. Don't worry swordfighting fans, there's plenty of flashing steel.

Staff *** Clever, fun, beautifully filmed.

Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes implied sex. Violence: 14 scenes, mostly swordfighting. Profanity: 1 expression. Drugs: 15 scenes of drinking, smoking.

The Country Bears (G)

Director: Peter Hastings. With Christopher Walken, Stephen Tobolowsky. (88 min.)

Staff ** When 11-year-old Beary Barrington learns he was adopted by humans, he leaves home to find more of "his kind," members of the long-disbanded Country Bears singing group. Arriving at Country Bears Hall, he finds it threatened by developers. What to do but reunite the band for a benefit concert. Slow stretches and careless editing weigh against wholesomeness and good songs. Based on the Disney theme park attraction. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 4 mild scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (PG)

Director: John Stainton. With Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Magda Szubanski. (90 min.)

Staff **1/2 Australian naturalist and "Animal World" TV personalities Steve and Terri Irwin play themselves in this comedy involving a crocodile that swallows a top-secret satellite part. As the Irwins try to relocate the croc away from a shotgun-toting rancher, the CIA thinks they're spies, and the Irwins think the agents are poachers. This is not a great movie, but you'll learn much about outback wildlife. Small children may find the critters and action scary - I did. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances innuendo. Violence: 19 scenes, including wrestling with a croc. Profanity: 2 expressions. Drugs: None.

Crossroads (PG-13)

Director: Tamra Davis. With Britney Spears, Dan Aykroyd. (92 min.)

Staff * Britney and pals take off on a cross-country road trip in a convertible driven by a guy with a shady past. Britney's on a quest to see her estranged mom; the others want to win a music contest. Between pop tunes, serious issues emerge: date rape, teen pregnancy, and parental abandonment, but only superficial dialogue occurs. Britney fans will enjoy, though the singing and acting seem manufactured. By Stephanie Cook Broadhurst

Sex/Nudity: 13 scenes, including innuendo, implied sex. Violence: 4 scenes with mild fighting. Profanity: 7 expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes with drinking.

Crush (R)

Director: John McKay. With Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor. (110 min.)

Staff ** "Crush" swoops over stereotypes of femininity, as three lovelorn 40-somethings - Kate (MacDowell), Molly, and Janine - meet to swap stories of amorous humiliation over gin, chocolate, and gibes. They are, ostensibly, allies in the quest for love, but when Kate gets involved with a former student, Molly spearheads a scheme to end the affair. Though engaging in its banter and its romance, the film's myopic vision of women borders on misogyny. By Christina McCarroll

Staff **1/2 Predictable, silly, gabby.

Sex/Nudity: 37 instances, including innuendo and partial nudity. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 12 expressions. Drugs: 16 scenes of drinking, smoking.

Cuba Feliz (Not rated)

Director: Karim Dridri. With Miguel Del Morales, Pepin Vaillant. (96 min.)