2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Staff *** Hotshot drumming earns a young African-American a full scholarship to a Southern college, but he must learn humility and teamwork if he's to succeed in music and life. What drives this feel-good film is not the plot, but the drumming performances. It's mostly good, clean fun. By M.K. TerrellSkip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 2 instances innuendo. Violence: 1 minor fight scene. Profanity: 37 expressions. Drugs: None.
Director: Ellory Elkayem. With David Arquette, Scarlett Johansson, Doug E. Doug. (98 min.)
Sterritt * Spiders get humongous after a toxic-waste debacle in a Southwestern town. You can guess the rest. Action freaks may enjoy the chasing and chomping, but there's no hint of human interest or moviemaking imagination. Stick with the 1955 classic "Tarantula," still the best of this creepy-crawly breed.
Director: Carlos Carrera. Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Damían Alcázar. (120 min.)
Sterritt **** A young Roman Catholic priest takes a position in a rural Mexican church and gets caught in a tangled web of temptations involving an older priest with ties to organized crime, a local drug kingpin, an idealistic cleric, and a woman he falls in love with. Great acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production an emotional and intellectual charge. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Petter Naess. With Per Christian Ellefsen, JéÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¸rgen Langhelle. (89 min.)
Staff *** Kjell Bjarne and Elling are orphaned 40-year-old roommates in a Norwegian mental institution. The government gives them a city apartment to see if they can cope with independent living. Their mentor has little hope, but his tough-love badgering brings results. This film paints a witty portrait without belittling the pair. Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 12 scenes, including nudity. Violence: 5 scenes. Profanity: 24 harsh expressions. Drugs: 12 scenes of drinking and smoking.
Director: Michael Hoffman. With Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch. (115 min.)
Sterritt ** An idealistic classics teacher sticks to his principles when less scrupulous folks let their moral values slide. Kline is excellent as the lovable hero, and the story makes valuable points about the importance of ethics in a society driven by money and prestige. But at a time when public education is in a state of decay, one wonders whether this sentimental ode to old-school dignity is in touch with today's pressing realities.
Staff **1/2 Inspiring, moralistic, well acted.
Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes of innuendo. Violence: None. Profanity: 8 expressions. Drugs: 1 scene of smoking. 4 scenes of drinking.
Director: Alan Taylor. With Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny. (107 min.)
Staff ***1/2 Napoleon and his retinue on St. Helena Island conspire to spring him from exile by having him trade places with a look-alike deckhand. Once in Paris he will reveal himself, depose the king, and again rule France. Trouble is, no one there recognizes him, and hardly anyone wants the little emperor back. Holm is superb as the erstwhile ruler forced to live as an ordinary citizen under the roof of a patient widow who needs a battle plan to rescue her melon business. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 1 scene implied sex. Violence: 1 mild scene. Profanity: 2 mild expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes with smoking; 7 with drinking.
Director: Franc Reyes. With John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Isabella Rossellini. (90 min.)
Staff **1/2 A highly successful Bronx drug dealer meets an investment banker and decides to "go legit," adding fuel to the territorial disputes already rocking his world. A well-told story that posits that since the American Dream is all about greed anyway, drug dealing is no worse than any other industry. By M.K. Terrell