2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes implied sex. Violence: 12 scenes, including shootings. Profanity: 325 expressions. Drugs: 32 scenes of smoking, drinking, drugs.Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Michael Apted. With Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam. (117 min.)
Staff ***1/2 "A Beautiful Mind" meets "The Longest Day" as a brilliant mathematician leads a team of British scientists trying to break the Nazis' Enigma code and stop their U-boats before they cut off the North Atlantic shipping routes. But the mathematician's sanity is close to breaking: Is the beautiful blonde he's in love with a spy? And is the dapper British secret agent shadowing him a friend or foe? There's romance and suspense aplenty before several puzzles are solved - and the war won. By Gregory M. Lamb
Staff *** Intelligent thriller, riveting.
Sex/Nudity: Sex scenes, nudity. Violence: 9 scenes, including mass graves. Profanity: 13 expressions. Drugs: 26 scenes of smoking, drinking.
Director: Michael Apted. With Jennifer Lopez, Bill Campbell, Juliette Lewis. (111 min.)
Staff *1/2 "Slim" (Lopez) is a hardworking waitress who marries a wealthy stranger she meets while serving burgers and coleslaw. Mitch whisks her away into an ostensibly picture-perfect life - but then Slim learns Mitch is a philanderer, and he starts beating her. The ending may seem justified, but unfortunately it teaches the only way to fight violence is with violence. By Stephanie Cook Broadhurst
Sex/Nudity: 7 scenes, mostly innuendo, 1 with nudity. Violence: 6 scenes. Profanity: 11 expressions. Drugs: 2 scenes with drinking.
Director Kurt Wimmer. With Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, William Fichtner, Sean Bean. (100 min.)
Staff *** After World War III nearly wipes out humankind, emotion is blamed for all conflict. People are ordered to take a serum that numbs all feeling, and clerics eliminate dissenters - and the paintings, literature, and music they cherish. When a cleric misses a dose, his senses are aroused by the touch of a puppy, the sound of a symphony. The message conjures eerie parallels to Prozac, and the beautiful score sets a haunting stage for the future. By Elizabeth Armstrong
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 20 scenes, including combat. Profanity: 3 expressions. Drugs: 1 alcohol scene.
Director: Nils Tavernier. With dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. (100 min.)
Sterritt *** This graceful documentary explores dance, life, and love through interviews with gifted ballerinas at various stages of their careers. While more performance views would have been welcome, this is a treat no balletomane can afford to miss. In French with English subtitles.
Director: Christian Duguay. With Devon Sawa, Rupert Graves, Bridgette Wilson, Rufus Sewell. (93 min.)
Staff ** Daredevil skateboarders and skiers go to a hotel under construction on an Austrian mountaintop to shoot a camera commercial. Serbian terrorists hiding out at the site cleverly reason that they must be CIA agents. The action and alpine scenery sometimes almost make up for a plot as numbing as the unheated resort. By M.K. Terrell
Directors: Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson. With Anne Boyd and faculty and students at the Univ. of Sydney. (89 min.)
Sterritt *** This smart Australian documentary looks at shrinking education budgets - and their effects on teachers, students, and society at large - through a visit to a university music department run by an Australian composer, who becomes increasingly politicized as her institution sinks into deeper deficits.