2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 8 scenes, including tussles. Profanity: 8 expressions. Drugs: At least 3 scenes with drinking, smoking.Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Stanley Kwan. With Liu Ye, Jun Hu, Jin Su, Li Huatong. (86 min.)
Sterritt ** An architecture student moves to Beijing and becomes sexually involved with a high-powered businessman, with results that change both men's lives. This well-directed Hong Kong drama is at its best when it captures the casual affection that grows between the main characters. The screenplay by Jimmy Ngai is based on an anonymously written Internet novel. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Director: David Jones. With Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Margaret Whiting. (105 min.)
Sterritt **** It took 24 years for this 1978 drama to reach its theatrical première, which is scandalous, since it's a first-rate achievement. Irons plays a self-centered German working on a scholarly thesis in the countryside near Dublin, and Dench plays a down-to-earth Irishwoman who becomes his ill-suited lover.
Director: Ray Lawrence. With Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush. (110 min.)
Sterritt *** A grieving mother, an adulterous police officer, and the hunt for a missing person are among the ingredients of this detective thriller, which explores the insecurities of four married couples. While the movie is well acted, its story and style are too self-consciously clever to build a high degree of emotional power.
Staff *** Heart-rending, intense, well-acted.
Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes of implied sex; 4 scenes with innuendo. Violence: 4 scenes. Profanity: At least 40 expressions. Drugs: 8 scenes with alcohol, 11 scenes with smoking; 1 with illegal drugs.
Director: Mirra Bank. With Maurice Sendak, Pilobolus Dance Theatre. (84 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about the collaboration between children's-book author Sendak and the Pilobolus dance troupe to create "A Selection," an internationally successful dance dealing with Holocaust themes. The film is hardly a blistering look behind the scenes, but it gives a more balanced account of the creative process - including disagreement - than most arts-related movies of its ilk.
Sex/Nudity: 7 instances, including full nudity. Violence: 2 instances. Profanity: 10 expressions. Drugs: None.
Director: Gabriele Muccino. With Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Stefania Sandrelli. (115 min.)
Staff *** A couple's announcement that they're expecting their first child seems to trigger an upheaval in the lives of family and friends. Beneath a farcical surface is a serious exploration of commitment and fidelity, along with a tip of the hat to the great Italian cinematic tradition. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 3 instances innuendo. 3 sex scenes with seminudity. Violence: 4 scenes, including a tussle. Profanity: 29 strong expressions. Drugs: 20 scenes of drinking, smoking, and drug use.
Director: Fred Schepisi. With Tom Courtenay, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, David Hemmings. (109 min.)
Sterritt ** After the death of their closest chum, four old friends go for a long drive to dispose of his ashes by the seaside, reminiscing about the past in flashbacks that gradually reveal the complex ways in which their lives have crisscrossed over the years. Good performances by a distinguished cast don't overcome the weaknesses of the predictable screenplay.
Staff *** Brilliant, contemplative, superbly cast.