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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sex/Nudity: 3 instances of innuendo. Violence: 14 gory scenes. Profanity: 3 mild expressions. Drugs: 5 scenes, 2 with illegal drugs.

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The Quiet American (R)

Director: Phillip Noyce. With Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen. (101 min.)

Sterritt **** Caine plays a jaded British journalist covering the French Indochina war in the early '50s. Fraser plays an American who claims to be on a charity mission but is really scheming to help a renegade Vietnamese general gain control. Based on Graham Greene's 1955 novel, this thoughtful drama deals with a host of timely issues including terrorism, international strife, and the use and abuse of American power. Caine and Fraser are superb.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (PG)

Director: Phillip Noyce. With Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury. (95 min.)

Sterritt ** A feisty 14-year-old girl rebels against Australia's policy of taking mixed-race children like her away from their parents and putting them in training schools for menial work. She engineers an escape with her young sister and cousin, trekking 1,500 miles in an effort to return home. The fact-based story provides action and suspense, but Noyce makes little effort to capture the inner lives of the girls or the friends and foes they meet.

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 4 scenes, including kidnapping. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.

Rain (Not rated)

Director: Christine Jeffs. With Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki, Marton Scokas, Sarah Peirse. (98 min.)

Sterritt *** This is a psychologically charged story of a 13-year-old girl whose adolescence is complicated by sexual tensions linked with her parents' troubled marriage. Jeffs is an unusually gifted director, but her screenplay never quite gets a firm grip or fresh perspective on its coming-of-age subject.

Staff **1/2 Sleepy drama, dark, thoughtful.

Sex/Nudity: 7 scenes, including partial nudity. Violence: 1 scene with drowning. Profanity: None. Drugs: 17 drinking scenes, 10 scenes with smoking.

Read My Lips (Not rated)

Director: Jacques Audiard. With Emmanuelle Devos, Vincent Cassel, Olivier Gourmet. (115 min.)

Sterritt ** A young woman with a hearing disorder strikes up an uneasy friendship with a recently released convict who takes a low-level job at the office where she works and then starts slipping back toward crime. The first half is a well-acted psychological drama, but the second half is standard thriller fare. In French with English subtitles.

Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes with innuendo, implied sex, nudity. Violence: 11 scenes, including attempted rape. Profanity: 25 harsh expressions. Drugs: 27 scenes of drinking and smoking.

Real Women Have Curves (PG-13)

Director: Patricia Cardoso. With America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, Brian Sites. (93 min.)

Sterritt ** A young Mexican-American works in her sister's dress factory, spars with her conservative parents, and dreams of going to college over their objections. The story is trite, but the acting is lively and the music is delightful.

Staff *** Thoughtful, involving, triumphant

Sex/Nudity: 4 instances, mostly innuendo. Violence: None. Profanity: 2 strong expressions. Drugs: 1 scene with alcohol.

Red Dragon (R)

Director: Brett Ratner. With Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson. (125 min.)

Sterritt *** Hopkins makes his third appearance as Hannibal Lecter, psychiatrist and cannibal, joined by Norton and Keitel as FBI agents tracking down a new serial killer (Fiennes) with Lecter's grudging help. The story is a rehash of "The Silence of the Lambs" featuring Norton in the Jodie Foster role, with solid acting and hardly a special effect in sight.