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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sterritt ** Eight characters attend group therapy for 21 weeks, and we watch selected moments from their highly emotional sessions, where they face down a variety of psychological problems. The film teeters on a slippery dividing line between realism and fiction. But it gains power from the mercurial nature of its improvised acting and split-screen camera work.

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Half Past Dead (PG-13)

Director: Don Michael Paul. With Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal, Nia Peeples.

Staff * The action genre reaches new levels of unintentional self-parody in Seagal's latest film. He plays an undercover Fed who is almost killed when his partner blows a fuse. All patched up, he's sent to the newly renovated Alcatraz. But things go horribly awry when ninjas invade. Yes, you read right. This is a mess from start to finish - a noisy patchwork of explosions, clichés, more explosions, and a plot assembled from everything cut from Segal's last six movies. By Alex Kaloostian

Sex/Nudity: A few instances innuendo. Violence: 21 intense scenes. Profanity: 17 expressions. Drugs: 8 scenes of drinking and smoking.

Halloween: Resurrection (R)

Director: Rick Rosenthal. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Tyra Banks, Busta Rhymes, Sean Patrick Thomas.

Staff ** A "reality" webcaster (Rhymes) sends six college students into Michael Myers's boyhood home to spend the night seeking clues to his behavior. Michael returns to defend his turf, and they all get more than they bargained for. A prologue shows how Michael survived beheading at the end of Part 7 and what became of his sister. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 5 instances, mostly innuendo. Violence: 15 sequences, including decapitations. Profanity: 63 expressions. Drugs: At least four scenes of drinking and smoking.

Harrison's Flowers (R)

Director: Elie Chouraqui. With Andie MacDowell, David Straithairn, Adrien Brody, Elias Koteas. (130 min.)

Sterritt ** Refusing to accept the possibility that her photographer husband has died covering fierce combat in Yugoslavia, an American woman travels there and plunges into wartime chaos in a desperate search for him. The film makes a commendable effort to celebrate bravery and underscore war's terrors, but its melodramatic approach is more spectacular than insightful.

Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes innuendo, implied sex. Violence: 15 scenes, including attempted rape and battles. Profanity: 85 expressions, many harsh. Drugs: 15 scenes smoking, drinking, and a few scenes with illegal drugs.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)

Director: Chris Columbus. With Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, Robbie Coltrane. (160 min.)

Sterritt ** Harry returns for his second school year at Hogwarts, where an unseen enemy is casting an evil spell on students, leading some to think Harry may be the culprit. The film hews closely to J.K. Rowling's novel, decking it out with lavish settings, costumes, and effects. These are impressive in an ostentatious way, but their cumulative impact has a lumbering spirit different from that of Rowling's easygoing prose.

Staff ***1/2 Magical, scary, better than first film.

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 12 scenes "magical" violence. Some kicking, shoving, and scary images. Profanity: 2 expressions. Drugs: None.

Hart's War (R)

Director: Gregory Hoblit. With Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Cole Hauser. (125 min.)

Staff *** In a German POW camp, Lt. Thomas Hart (Farrell) must defend a black pilot accused of murdering a white racist. Hart, with only two years of law school, is up against his colonel (Willis), the self-appointed judge, and an experienced prosecutor. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 13 scenes. Profanity: 25 expressions. Drugs: 18 scenes, mostly smoking.

Harvard Man (R)

Director: James Toback. With Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams. (97 min.)

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