2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sterritt *** The nine queens are a set of artfully forged postage stamps that draw a couple of petty swindlers into a money-making scheme that may prove far too tricky for them to successfully pull off. This cleverly structured Argentine heist movie isn't as original as it tries to be, but it's fun watching the chicanery veer down one unexpected pathway after another. In Spanish with English subtitles.Skip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes of implied sex, innuendo. Violence: 5 scenes, including fights. Profanity: 108 expressions. Drugs: 17 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Hal Hartley. With Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie. (106 min.)
Sterritt ** Following the trail of a missing news team, a journalist (Polley) meets an Icelandic monster who passes the hours of his endless life by cursing fate and killing any human who crosses his path. Like some movie creatures of the past, this odd villain is baffled and enraged by his inability to live comfortably in the world, and the movie gains poetic power through Hartley's view of him as a kind of tragic hero, worthy of pity as well as fear.
Sex/Nudity: 3 instances innuendo and implied sex. Violence: 12 scenes, some with torture. Profanity: 24 strong expressions. Drugs: 28 scenes with smoking and drinking.
Director: Lorene Machado. With Margaret Cho. (95 min.)
Staff **1/2 This follow-up to Margaret Cho's one-woman concert "I'm the One That I Want," which chronicled a Hollywood experience that nearly killed her with drugs and dieting, is more upbeat. Cho's "be yourself" humor points out the absurdity of sexual politics, especially among gays and lesbians. Charmingly, in "Notorious" she gives her Korean parents - often the butt of her jokes - screen time to defend themselves. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 25 instances innuendo. 4 instances gestures, implied sex. Violence: 1 instance. Profanity: 105 expressions, many harsh. Drugs: None.
Director: Mark Romanek. With Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen. (98 min.)
Sterritt ** Williams plays a seemingly bland photo clerk who's become dangerously obsessed with a local family whose pictures he's been processing for years. Williams's acting is as chilling as it is restrained, but Romanek's directing damps down the drama's psychological impact, making it look as two-dimensional as the snapshots that run through the photo man's finely calibrated machines.
Staff ** Twisted, unnecessarily violent, vacuous.
Sex/Nudity: 6 instances, including innuendo, photos of sex, graphic sex scene. Violence: 3 instances, 1 graphic. Profanity: 17 strong expressions. Drugs: 2 scenes with alcohol.
Director: Jake Kasdan. With Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Lily Tomlin, Schuyler Fisk. (81 min.)
Staff ** Hanks and Fisk make a charming couple in this tale of a class president fighting to get into Stanford after his school sends the wrong grades. Kevin Kline, Ben Stiller, Chevy Chase, and others in minor parts lend support. Unfortunately, the material doesn't. The filmmakers can't decide if they're making a teen romance, a wry look at suburbia, or a broad farce. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 11 scenes, mostly innuendo. Violence: 3 scenes. Profanity: 18 expressions. Drugs: At least 15 scenes of drinking, smoking and drug use.
Director: Mitch Davis. With Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau, Miriama Smith, Nathaniel Lees.
Staff *** Based on the true story of a young American who travels to the exotic island of Rarotonga to become a missionary in the 1950s, the film carries a simple, yet meaningful message about God's healing power and how it can bring people together. By Lisa Leigh Connors
Sex/Nudity: 1 implied sex scene. Violence: 5 scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: 2 with smoking, 2 drinking.