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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: None. Profanity: None. Drugs: 9 scenes drinking and smoking.

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Insomnia (R)

Director: Christopher Nolan. With Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney. (118 min.)

Sterritt *** The aging detective played by Pacino believes a cop can't sleep if he's stuck on a case or bothered by his conscience. He has both problems as he hunts the killer of a teenage girl in a small Alaskan town. Good acting and dramatic rhythms lend moody power to this well-written thriller, which becomes something of a horror movie as the detective's mental disorientation transforms the plot from whodunit mystery to psychological nightmare.

Staff ***Smart, gripping, great cinematography

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 11, including beatings and shooting. Profanity: 30 harsh expressions.

Intacto (R)

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. With Leonardo Sbaraglia, Mónica López, Max von Sydow. (108 min.)

Sterritt *** After surviving a plane crash, a young man strikes a deal with a gambler who seeks out lucky people to participate in games of chance that have extremely high stakes. The story of this Spanish thriller is weak in psychological credibility but strong in suspense, novelty, and imagination. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Interview With the Assassin (Not rated)

Director: Neil Burger. With Raymond J. Barry, Dylan Haggerty, Christel Khalil, Jack Tate. (88 min.)

Sterritt ** An unemployed newsman probes the story of an enigmatic neighbor who claims he wants to unveil his experiences as the second gunman in John F. Kennedy's assassination. This documentary-style fiction is no "JFK," but the story is weirdly compelling when it focuses on the journalist's growing paranoia as he plunges more deeply into a world of conspiracies.

Italian for Beginners (R)

Director: Lone Scherfig. With Anders W. Berthelsen, Annette Stovelbaek, Peter Gantzler. (118 min.)

Sterritt *** A widowed minister takes a post in a small Danish town and attends Italian lessons to pass the time, meeting new acquaintances more concerned with figuring out their problems than practicing verbs and prepositions. Scherfig has made the movie in line with Denmark's distinctive Dogma 95 movement, avoiding fancy touches or extravagant effects. There aren't many exciting moments, but the story and performances have a low-key charm. In Danish with English subtitles

Staff *** Witty, romantic, quirky, uplifting.

Sex/Nudity: 2 implied instances. Violence: None. Profanity: 8 expressions, mostly mild. Drugs: 8 scenes.

Jackass: The Movie (R)

Director: Jeff Tremaine. With Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O. (87 min.)

Staff * The stunt-filled MTV show has inspired lawsuits from injured copycats. The R-rating means there's now no limit to the gags' tastelessness. Stay away from this one, and don't try it at home. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 9 instances of seminudity and several scenes of innuendo. Violence: 29 instances, including exploding fireworks. Profanity: 83 harsh expressions. Drugs: 7 scenes.

Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute (Not rated)

Director: Clare Kilner. With Eileen Walsh, Rhys Ifans, Patsy Kensit. (80 min.)

Sterritt ** An overly imaginative young woman takes a job as an office temp to help with her mother's healthcare expenses; working at a second-rate automotive company, she finds herself in the thick of an industrial-sabotage scheme and a could-be love affair with a fellow employee. Lively acting and an amiable comic atmosphere offer partial compensation for generally lackluster filmmaking.

Jason X (R)

Director: James Isaac. With: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder. (93 min.)