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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sterritt *** If one's domestic environment is a kind of autobiography, then the five households visited by this entertaining documentary reveal fascinating lives indeed. One couple lives in a converted missile silo, another in a home designed more for their cats than for themselves. Home, sweet home, was never like this!

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The Hot Chick (PG-13)

Director: Tom Brady. With Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris. (101 min.)

Staff **1/2 Magic earrings cause Jessica, a Miss Perfect cheerleader, to change bodies with a 30-year-old man. This film is no masterpiece, but it's one of Schneider's funniest roles. By M.K. Terrell

Staff *1/2 Scattered plot, sophomoric.

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of brief nudity; several instances of innuendo. Violence: 9 scenes, including a robbery. Profanity: About 15 mild expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes of drinking, smoking.

The Hours (PG-13)

Director: Stephen Daldry. With Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris. (120 min.)

Sterritt **** Superb adaptation of Michael Cunningham's novel about three women - author Virginia Woolf, a 1949 housewife, and a liberated woman of today - facing emotional crises. David Hare's screenplay ingeniously translates the time-jumping story into cinematic terms, and Daldry's directing subtly orchestrates the motifs (kisses, parties, partings) that link the episodes into a smoothly flowing whole. Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast.

How to Kill your Neighbor's Dog (R)

Director: Michael Kalesniko. With Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright. (107 min.)

Staff *** The best playwright in L.A. hasn't had a hit in 10 years. Rehearsals for his latest opus are going nowhere. Then there's the barking dog next door, a stalking fan, and his wife, who invites a girl to their house hoping to soften his resistance to fatherhood. Curiously, these irritants work together to lift the cynicism darkening his life, his play, and his marriage. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 9 instances, mostly innuendo. Violence: 3 scenes, including brawls. Profanity: About 60 expressions, many harsh. Drugs: 20 scenes of smoking or drinking.

Human Nature (R)

Director: Michel Gondry. With Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Robert Forster, Rosie Perez. (96 min.)

Sterritt ** A mild-mannered scientist wavers between his hair-covered wife and his pretty but aggressive assistant, and tries to civilize a recently discovered ape-man. This whimsical comedy-fantasy deserves a few points for the audacity of Charlie Kaufman's screenplay. Its problems come from Gondry's directing, which betrays his roots in music video and TV commercials. Every moment is cute and snappy, and that gets tiring.

Staff **1/2Off the wall, odd, not awfully funny.

Sex/Nudity: 20 instances, including nudity, frank sexual talk. Violence: 9 scenes, including shooting. Profanity: 16 strong expressions. Drugs: At least 6 scenes with drinking and smoking.

I Spy (PG-13)

Director: Betty Thomas. With Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Gary Cole. (96 min.)

Staff *1/2 Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson are masters of comic patter, and pairing them in a buddy film does result in some entertaining comic riffs. But everything else is strictly spy by the numbers. "I Spy" grabs its title, but little else, from the '60s TV show, which emphasized cool, witty repartee. By Gregory M. Lamb

Staff **1/2 Fun, slick, surprising.

Sex/Nudity: 4 instances innuendo. Violence: 19 scenes, including kidnapping. Profanity: 41 harsh expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes of drinking.

I'm Going Home (Not rated)

Director: Edouardo de Oliveira. With Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich. (90 min.)

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