2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes, 4 with innuendo. Violence: 11 scenes. Profanity: 34 expressions Drugs: 6 scenes of drinking, smoking.Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Lee Tamahori. With Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, John Cleese, Judi Dench. (132 min.)
Sterritt ** The suave British agent starts his 20th screen adventure by falling into enemy hands and getting kicked out of Her Majesty's Secret Service. But don't fret - he's running true to form within a scene or two, wowing everyone with fast escapes, jaunty wisecracks, and amorous escapades. Brosnan is in top form, making the 007 role more his own than anyone since Sean Connery called it quits.
Staff **1/2 Predictable but entertaining, Berry is a tough match, action galore.
Sex/Nudity: 13 instances of innuendo or implied sex. Violence: 18 scenes of extended violence, including explosions and shootings. Profanity: 1 harsh expression. Drugs: 11 scenes of drinking, smoking; several bar scenes.
Director: Callie Khouri. With Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Maggie Smith. (118 min.)
Sterritt * A mother flies into a Louisiana tizzy when her daughter criticizes her in a magazine interview, so her kooky old friends kidnap the erring offspring, convinced she'll change her ungrateful tune if they reveal how many challenges her mom faced during her own salad days. Flashbacks follow, depicting girlish mischief and romance along with alcoholism and illness. Full of logic-defying leaps between farce and melodrama, it's rarely effective.
Staff **1/2 Tender, well-paced, fun.
Sex/Nudity: 1 instance innuendo. Violence: 1 scene with child beatings. Profanity: 42 expressions. Drugs: 20 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Stacy Peralta. With Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak. (90 min.)
Staff **** The first incarnation of the skateboard came in with the hula hoop and lasted as long. Director and original "Z-Boy" skater Stacy Peralta fashions an entertaining documentary chronicling the true birth of southern California "skater" cool, a decade later. These daredevils redefined what was possible on a skateboard, creating a guerrilla style that still pervades youth culture. By John Kehe
Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes with semi-nudity. Profanity: 43 expressions. Drugs: 2 scenes of smoking; some talk of drug use.
Director: Frederick Wiseman. With residents of Tampa, Fla. (196 min.)
Sterritt **** In the 32nd film of his extraordinary career, Wiseman continues his practice of probing social institutions via cinema-verite documentary, allowing crisply captured images and sounds to speak for themselves. Here he travels with police to scenes of domestic violence, visits a shelter for battered women, and sits in on education and discussion sessions. Ingeniously structured as a long day's journey, the results are illuminating, harrowing, and riveting.
Director: Tom Shadyac. With Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates. (100 min.)
Sterritt ** A physician copes with grief after the death of his wife, who was also a doctor, and starts to believe she may be communicating with him through her former patients, kids who've had near-death experiences. The story blends elements of "Ghost" and "Close Encounters" but lacks the romantic charge of the former and imaginative thrill of the latter. Costner is convincing until the sappy finale.
Sex/Nudity: 1 scene of implied sex. 1 with seminudity. Violence: 6 scenes. Profanity: 10 mild expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes of drinking.
Director: Charles Stone III. With Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana, Leonard Roberts. (118 min.)