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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sterritt *** The adventures of an Ivy League basketball player and his cronies, including a lover with a mobster dad and a kinky professor. Toback has been transfixed by sex, money, and philosophy as long as he's been making films. The first half finds him at his imaginative best. The second half sinks into silliness.

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Sex/Nudity: 15 instances, including full nudity and innuendo. Violence: 2 mild scenes. Profanity: 100 harsh expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes with drinking and 6 with illegal drug use.

Heaven (R)

Director: Tom Tykwer. With Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca. (96 min.)

Sterritt *** Blanchett plays a British teacher who turns vigilante after her Italian husband dies in a drug-related crime scheme. Tykwer doesn't aim for the heights of invention he reached in "Run Lola Run," but he blends an impressively varied palette of moods into an intriguingly unpredictable story. The late Krzysztof Kieslowski, one of Europe's great modern filmmakers, wrote the screenplay.

Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes implied sex and partial nudity. Violence: 5 scenes. Profanity: 3 harsh expressions. Drugs: 9 scenes drinking, smoking.

Hell House (Not rated)

Director: George Ratliff. With members of the Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. (85 min.)

Sterritt **** Hell House X: The Walking Dead is the 2000 edition of an annual extravaganza staged by members of a Pentecostal church in Texas doing their bit to spotlight the sinfulness of the modern world. Making this documentary with the cooperation of Hell House participants, Ratliff lets his subjects expose their own follies - zealotry, sexism, homophobia - through the things they say and do. The result is a lively, insightful look at multiple levels of self-delusion among people who truly believe their fun house is making our world a better place.

Hey Arnold! The Movie (PG)

Director: Tuck Tucker. With Spencer Klein, Craig Bartlett, Jennifer Jason Leigh. (72 min.)

Staff ** Arnold and his friend Gerald try to stop the corporate Goliath Scheck from tearing down their neighborhood to build a shopping mall. Sketches from films like "Men in Black," and "The Shawshank Redemption" are amusingly woven into subplots in this adaptation of the Nickelodeon TV series. By Chase Clements

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 6 scenes cartoonish violence, 3 with blood. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.

High Crimes (PG-13)

Director: Carl Franklin. With Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Cavaziel. (115 min.)

Sterritt ** When her husband is charged with a wartime atrocity he never told her about and says he never committed, an attorney (Judd) teams with an old-time military lawyer to clear his name. The story has potential, but you'll spot the plot twists long before they happen, and the acting by Judd and Cavaziel is strictly by the numbers.

Staff ** Good cast, gripping, formulaic.

Sex/Nudity: 7 instances innuendo; a few scenes implied sex. Violence: 13 scenes. Profanity: 29 harsh expressions. Drugs: 16 scenes of drinking, smoking.

Hollywood Ending (PG-13)

Director: Woody Allen. With Allen, Téa Leoni, Mark Rydell, George Hamilton, Debra Messing. (114 min.)

Sterritt *** Allen plays a once-lauded film director who tries for a comeback via a project bankrolled by the Hollywood exec his exwife dumped him for; then his subconscious goes haywire, rendering him temporarily blind. This cheerfully absurd comedy isn't brilliantly written, but it takes many amusing shots at the filmmaking scene.

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances innuendo. Violence: 2 mild scenes.Profanity: 4 mild expressions. Drugs: 10 scenes of drinking and smoking.

Home Movie (Not rated)

Director: Chris Smith. With Bill Tregle, Linda Beech, Darlene Satrinano. (66 min.)