2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sterritt * Two scholars (Paltrow, Eckhart) unearth a long-ago love affair between two Victorian poets whose strait-laced morality supposedly ruled out illicit adventures like this. LaBute's adaptation of A.S. Byatt's novel extracts the bare bones of plot for purposes of bland Hollywood romance, filmed and acted with lots of glamour but precious little depth.Skip to next paragraph
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Staff ***1/2 Captivating, elegant, romantic.
Sex/Nudity: 6 instances of innuendo. 2 sex scenes. No nudity. Violence: 2, including a fistfight and implied suicide. Nothing graphic. Profanity: 6 expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes with alcohol.
Director: Craig McCracken. With (voices): Tara Strong, Catherine Cavadini. (87 min.)
Staff *1/2 "Powerpuff Girls," could use a little more power and a lot less puff in its storyline. This film, based on the Cartoon Network series, tells how three kindergarten heroines became protectors of good. Young children, especially girls, will enjoy the lighthearted adventure, but adults may prefer to take several long trips to the snack counter. By Stephanie Cook Broadhurst
Director: Pamela Yates. With Jeff Adachi, Michele Forrar, Will Maas, Lam Choi. (115 min.)
Sterritt *** This engrossing documentary follows a number of cases handled by San Francisco public defenders. Some end happily for the lawyers and defendants; others emphatically don't. The movie's TV-style production values are a little too slick, but the real-life stories are fascinating to watch.
Directors: Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado. With B.Z. Goldberg and children of the Jerusalem area. (106 min)
Sterritt ** Filmed over four years, this documentary presents a multifaceted portrait of seven children, Palestinian and Israeli, growing up with strikingly different worldviews despite their physical proximity to one another. In English and Arabic with English subtitles.
Staff **** Enlightening, tender, forthright
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: None. Profanity: A few expressions. Drugs: At least 1 scene with smoking.
Directors: Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder. With Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn. (113 min.)
Staff ** Alpha Omega Pi sorority, always runner-up as sorority of the year, decides the way to beat the Tri-Omegas is to coach a group of disabled athletes. Ricci, much to her own and everyone's horror, falls in love with her severely challenged protégé. Ricci is always worth watching, but she can't save this satire, which, wades into subject matter too deep for its broadly farcical approach. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 3 implied sex scenes, 3 scenes with innuendo, 1 scene of semi-nudity. Violence: 3 scenes, including a fistfight. Profanity: 22 harsh expressions. Drugs: 5 scenes of drinking and smoking. 1 scene with abuse of household remedies.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. With Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman. (95 min.)
Sterritt *** A small-time businessman copes with a nagging family, eludes a con artist, and woos a woman who's as kooky as he is. Anderson's filmmaking is quirky and original, but his biggest creative coup is drawing on submerged aspects of Sandler's usual screen persona - a wounded insecurity, a sense of repression that's almost violent - to give the comedy an edgy undertone that's one of a kind.
Staff *** Quirky, light, original, spicy.
Sex/Nudity: 2, including phone sex. Violence: 9 scenes, including car crash. Profanity: 28 strong expressions. Drugs: 3 drinking scenes.
Director: Michael Rymer. With: Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah. (100 min.)
Staff ** Roused from a 200-year sleep by 21st century rock 'n' roll, Anne Rice's vampire Lestat becomes a rocker himself. His fame brings back his mentor and wakes the mother of all vampires, Queen Akasha (Aaliyah). This one is a failed effort, but the only opportunity to see the late Aaliyah in a starring role. By M.K. Terrell