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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes implied sex, partial nudity. Violence: 5 scenes of violence, including suicide. Profanity: 5 expressions. Drugs: 2 scenes of alcohol.

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Son of the Bride (R)

Director: Juan José Campanella. With Ricardo Darín, Norma Aleandro. (124 min.)

Sterritt *** Flustered by family and personal problems as he heads into middle age, a mildly successful restaurateur helps his elderly father and mentally failing mother have the church wedding she's always wanted. Energetic acting and filmmaking help this likable Argentine comedy-drama avoid the sentimentality that intermittently threatens it. In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Son's Room (R)

Director: Nanni Moretti. With Moretti, Laura Moranti, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Jasmine Trinca. (99 min.)

Sterritt ** A gentle psychotherapist and his family face unexpected trauma when his teenage son dies. The drama relies on straightforward screenwriting and unassuming performances for its emotional power. Moretti's acting skills aren't up to the demands of the main role, and his portrait of family life is too simplistic to be credible. In Italian with English subtitles.

Staff *** Compassionate, low-key, intimate.

Sex/Nudity: 3 instances, including innuendo. Violence: 3 scenes, not graphic. Profanity: About 8 expressions. Drugs: At least 4 scenes with alcohol.

Songs From the Second Floor (Not rated)

Director: Roy Andersson. With Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Hanna Eriksson. (98 min.)

Sterritt **** In place of a conventional plot, this utterly unique Swedish movie offers a series of related episodes about a business tycoon on the skids, a magician whose tricks go wrong, and a motley crew of other characters. Some are funny, some are tragic, all are dreamlike and unpredictable. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Sorority Boys (R)

Director: Wally Wolodarsky. With Barry Watson, Michael Rosenbaum. (94 min.)

Staff DUD Three frat brothers, framed for stealing, disguise themselves as women and hide out in a feminist sorority until they can clear their names. Of course, no one recognizes them. As the boys learn to respect women, we wonder why the filmmakers have none for the audience. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 32 instances of innuendo, nudity, implied sex. Violence: 11 scenes, including rape. Profanity: 28 strong expressions. Drugs: 14 scenes of drinking, smoking, including illegal drugs.

Spider-Man (PG-13)

Director: Samuel Raimi. With Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco. (121 min.)

Staff *** The teen turned superhero after being bitten by a mutant spider delivers a visually impressive turn, saving damsels and confronting his own demons in a satisfying high-tech action flick. Parents will appreciate the emphasis on duty, while teens will enjoy the coming-of-age struggles of an extraordinary kid trying to get the girl - and save the world. By Gloria Goodale

Staff ***1/2 Best superhero film, exhilarating.

Sex/Nudity: 1 wet T-shirt scene. Violence: Cartoonish violence; some is graphic. Profanity: 3 harsh expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes with alcohol, 1 with cigar.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (G)

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook. With voices of Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi. (84 min.)

Sterritt ** The adventures of a wild stallion, the young Indian who befriends him, and a mean-tempered cavalry captain who wants to break his will. The proudly traditional style of this kid-friendly animation seems rather tame in the age of "Monsters, Inc.," but the action is mild enough for fairly young children, and grownups may enjoy its old-fashioned spirit.

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 11 scenes of cartoonish violence; none graphic. Profanity: None. Drugs: 1 instance of cigar smoking.

Spirited Away (PG)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. With voices of Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers, Suzanne Pleshette. (125 min.)