2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sterritt **** An aging actor relies on work to balance his life after a family tragedy takes a great toll on him, but he eventually finds himself facing the end of his career with mingled nostalgia and regret. Piccoli gives one of the most nuanced performances of his distinguished career, but the star of the movie is de Oliveira, who unfolds the story with unfailing skill and sensitivity.Skip to next paragraph
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Staff ***1/2 Quietly sad, poignant, subtle
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances innuendo. Violence: 1 robbery scene. Profanity: 2 mild expressions. Drugs: At least 3 scenes drinking and smoking.
Director: Chris Wedge. With (voices) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary. (81 min.)
Staff *** If only the story were as three-dimensional as the wonderfully realized computer animation. It's a fairly standard tale in which an unlikely gang of animals - a mammoth, a sabre-tooth tiger, and a sloth - bond as they rescue a human infant separated from his tribe. What lifts the film is its humor, including a sequence hinting at why the Dodo is doomed to extinction. By Stephen Humphries
Staff ***1/2Superb animation, edgy, bright, fun.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: About 25 instances of cartoonish violence. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.
Director: Burr Steers. With Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes. (98 min.)
Staff **1/2 This alluring and sometimes unsettling comedy begins with Igby (Culkin) and his brother trying to poison their mother and then rewinds to explain how they could do such a thing. Igby, who has worn out his welcome at every East Coast prep school, is shipped off to a military academy by his mother. Igby is miserable and manages to escape to New York. The film is an entertaining ride with its uncommon blend of seriousness and humor. But in the end, there's not much of a meaningful destination. By Judy Nichols
Violence: 6 scenes, including aided suicide, beatings. Drugs: 12 scenes with smoking, 10 with drinking, 8 with drugs.
Director: Oliver Parker. With Rupert Everett, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon. (94 min.)
Staff *** This late Victorian-era farce, the first film rendition of Oscar Wilde's play in 50 years, is based on the slimmest of conceits: that only a man named Earnest is marriage material for two English lasses, played winningly by Witherspoon and O'Connor. On the heels of Parker's successful "An Ideal Husband," this dreamy romp is a nice addition to the updating of classic British theater works. By Gloria Goodale
Staff ***1/2 Freshly frivolous, witty, well-acted.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: None. Profanity: None. Drugs: 11 scenes with drinking and smoking.
Director: Gary Fleder. With Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub. (96 min.)
Staff *1/2 In 2079, Earth is locked in interplanetary battle with the ruthless and powerful Centaurians, who have secretly sent an android who is a living bomb. Is our hero (Sinise) still himself, a good-guy scientist, or an impostor? Some fun futuristic gadgets, but otherwise it's routine Grade B sci-fi worthy of an "Outer Limits" episode. By Gregory M. Lamb
Staff ** Minor effort, great acting, consistently inconsistent, interesting sci-fi story.
Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes implied sex. Violence: 14 scenes, some intense. Profanity: 9 expressions. Drugs: None.
Director: Jean-Luc Godard. With Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny. (98 min.)
Sterritt **** For the first hour, a film director named Bruno works on a movie about the four stages of love - meeting, passion, quarreling, reconciliation - in the lives of couples in different stages of life; the last portion takes place two years earlier, as Bruno visits an elderly couple mulling a Hollywood offer for the rights to their story as anti-Nazi resisters. Godard's masterpiece is as intricately structured as the subjects of memory and history that it explores.