2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Staff *1/2 It's 2087, and reformed smuggler Pluto Nash (Murphy) gets out of the slammer and opens the moon's most popular nightclub. When he refuses to sell to a gangster, the kingpin blows up the club and sends his goons to kill Nash. With colossal sets, a remarkable cast, and hundreds of extras, this sci-fi spoof of '30s movies should be funny, but it falls flat. By M.K. TerrellSkip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 4 instances innuendo. Violence: 12 scenes, including explosions. Profanity: 29 strong expressions. Drugs: 10 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Claude Miller. With Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia. (101 min.)
Sterritt *** After the death of a novelist's child, her mother kidnaps a child for her to raise. The grief-stricken woman decides to accept this illegal scheme when she learns her little houseguest may come from an abusive home. Miller spins an engrossing story combining psychological drama, sociological reflection, and suspense. In French with English subtitles.
Director: Shunji Iwai. With Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Yû Aoi, Ayumi Ito. (146 min.)
Sterritt **** Lily Chou-Chou is a pop star we hardly see, and the key characters are Japanese adolescents who use idealized fantasies of her as respite from the routines and power games that oppress them at school and play. Iwai's ambitious drama is strikingly shot and poignantly acted by a splendid young cast. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Kevin Bray. With Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Anthony Michael Hall. (94 min.)
Staff * Miami bounty hunter Bucum (Ice Cube) becomes a reluctant partner with bail-jumping con artist Reggie (Epps) when they cross paths with a murderous gang chasing $20 million in diamonds. Oh, and somehow the thugs' boss gets hold of Reggie's winning lottery ticket. Explicit violence and foul language weigh down the comedy. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes of sex, innuendo. Violence: 16 instances, including shootings, fistfights. Profanity: 231 strong expressions, 3 gestures. Drugs: At least 7 scenes with smoking and drinking.
Director: Mike Leigh. With Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Alison Garland. (127 min.)
Sterritt *** This film provides a downbeat portrait of Britain's working poor, focusing on an unhappy cab driver, his common-law wife, and their two grown kids, who make up in girth what they lack in civility. Leigh is at his best when etching their experiences and showing how a catastrophe delivers a crushing blow to their meager amount of hard-won comfort, and then encourages them toward new levels of loyalty and understanding.
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes innuendo, implied sex. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 126 harsh expressions. Drugs: 24 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Harold Ramis. With Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli. (94 min.)
Sterritt * Sequel to the 1999 hit "Analyze This," reuniting De Niro as an organized-crime boss and Crystal as the psychotherapist who listens to his troubles and secrets. The movie adds new twists to the situation - making the mobster technical adviser to a TV show that's apparently meant as a "Sopranos" satire - but nobody on or off the screen seems excited with rehashing the one-joke original.
Staff *1/2 Boring, OK sequel, crowd pleaser.
Sex/Nudity: 5 scenes of partial nudity; 5 instances of innuendo. Profanity: 98 expressions. Violence: 11 scenes, including shootouts. Drugs: 13 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Denzel Washington. With Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Washington, Salli Richardson. (117 min.)
Sterritt ** This is a fact-based drama about a Navy psychiatrist (Washington) who treats a violence-prone sailor (Luke) by encouraging him to probe his abusive childhood that he has long repressed. Although it's touching and sincere, Washington's directorial debut is weakened by a too-slow pace and a story that offers few real surprises.