2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Staff **1/2Good thriller, better than "Hannibal," disturbing.Skip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes with nudity. 1 scene with implied sex. Violence: 14 scenes, some graphic. Profanity: 26 expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes of drinking; 2 with smoking.
Director: Rob Bowman. Starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco. (100 min.)
Staff ** How do you reinvent the monster movie? How about casting a mythological creature that is as much a part of biblical lore as ancient Chinese culture: the dragon. Here, hibernating dragons reawaken and, by 2020, have reduced mankind to little bands of feudal refugees. When one such group in England meets a group of US soldiers, they join forces to vanquish the beasts. Result? Ridiculous macho posturing, as McConaughey's soldier chews more scenery than even the toothiest of the dragons. By Stephen Humphries
Director: Paul Anderson. With Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius. (100 min.)
Staff ** When a nasty virus is released in a secret lab, the compound's artificially intelligent security system locks everyone in and kills them. But the afflicted don't stay dead long - they turn into zombies on a quest to seize control of the world. It's up to a group of government commandos to stop them. Heroine Jovovich is the only thing that really shines in this film. By Alex Kaloostian
Sex/Nudity: 6 instances, including seminudity. Violence: 20 scenes with violence. Profanity: 15 harsh expressions. Drugs: None.
Director: Robin Budd. With voices of Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett. (72 min.)
Sterritt *** It's taken Walt Disney Pictures almost half a century to follow up "Peter Pan," but fans of the 1953 animated classic will find many familiar faces in this belated sequel, which follows Wendy's daughter on her adventure with wicked Captain Hook, magical Tinkerbell, the pirates and Lost Boys, and Peter himself. The story lacks the freshness of the original film and the J.M. Barrie novel that inspired it - and whose idea was it to replace the ominously ticking crocodile with a funny-looking octopus?
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 16 scenes of cartoonish violence. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.
Director: Tim McCann. With Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelley, Spalding Gray. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** Convinced that a TV commercial is invading his mind and body, a New Yorker poses as a reporter to get the facts he needs to strike back, and his girlfriend gets lost in a labyrinth of health-care bureaucracy as she tries to get him treated for the dementia she thinks he suffers from. Although the dramatic and satiric elements of this offbeat movie don't quite mesh with each other, it still gives an adventurous ride through territory few other films have explored.
Director: Gore Verbinski. With Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox. (109 min.)
Staff ***1/2 Rachel, a reporter for a Seattle paper, is asked to investigate the deaths of four teens, who all died seven days after supposedly watching a haunted video tape. Soon, her own family is in danger, and she must solve the mystery before the tape's visions overcome her. This is one of the most intelligent and genuinely scary ghost stories to come around in a long time. By Alex Kaloostian
Sex/Nudity: 1 instance of innuendo. Violence: 12 instances, some quite violent, including killings. Profanity: 9 harsh expressions. Drugs: At least 3 scenes with drinking, smoking.
Director: Tom Rice. With Frances Fisher, Gary Cole, Tess Harper, Laurel Holloman. (93 min.)