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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Staff *** John has a great fiancée, a decent job, and has saved enough money to buy a house and get married. Everything seems perfect - until his niece is accepted at Harvard and reminds him of a pledge he made to pay her tuition. Running out of time and options, he turns to an ill-fated career in crime, along with his mentally unstable friend. Zany antics ensue. By Alex Kaloostian

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Staff * Boring, strange, shameful, juvenile.

Sex/Nudity: Several suggestive scenes with innuendo. No nudity. Violence: 40 instances of slapstick violence. Profanity: 66 harsh expressions. Drugs: 25 scenes of smoking and drinking.

Stolen Summer (PG)

Director: Pete Jones. With Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollack, Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Hunt. (92 min.)

Staff **1/2 On a quest to emulate St. Paul, the son of an Irish-American firefighter joyfully befriends the neighborhood rabbi and his boy, hoping to set one of them on a path to salvation. This heart-warming debut film of Jones, set in '70s Chicago, won the Project Greenlight screenplay contest. It's a bit contrived at times, but clothes its message of tolerance with wit and sweetness. By M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of mild innuendo. Violence: 2 scenes, including a fire. Profanity: 16 mild expressions. Drugs: 10 scenes with drinking, smoking.

Storytelling (R)

Director: Todd Solondz. With John Goodman, Heather Matarazzo, Paul Giamatti, Selma Blair. (90 min.)

Sterritt *** The maker of "Happiness" and "Welcome to the Dollhouse" tells two tales in this outrageous comedy-drama. The first, "Fiction," probes the psychosexual tensions between a disabled student, his fickle girlfriend, and their creative-writing teacher. The second, "Nonfiction," follows the exploits of a wannabe filmmaker who decides to shoot a documentary on a pallid teenage boy.

Staff **1/2 Tedious, dark, cynical, eerie.

Sex/Nudity: 7 scenes. Profanity: 50 expressions. Drugs: 5 scenes of drinking or smoking, 3 with drugs.

Strange Fruit (Not rated)

Director: Joel Katz. With Amiri Baraka, Abbey Lincoln, Pete Seeger. (57 min.)

Sterritt **** This film documents the story behind Billie Holliday's longtime association with the jazz protest song "Strange Fruit," including the tale of its authorship by a Jewish high school teacher whose other good deeds included adopting the children of executed communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This is a riveting treatment of a fascinating subject.

Stuart Little 2 (PG)

Director: Rob Minkoff. With Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Jonathan Lipnicki. (70 min.)

Staff ***1/2 America's unlikeliest action hero is a five-inch mouse with a heart as big as Central Park. As voiced by the incomparable Michael J. Fox, Stuart Little is struggling with fitting in at school and his mom's overprotectedness. Just as Stuart is wishing for a friend, an adorable canary falls from the sky into his lap - and his heart. Nathan Lane is again hilarious as the cat Snowbell. A winner for kids and parents alike. By John Kehe

Staff *** Top animation, lively, Stuart charms

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: About 8 scenes with cartoonish violence. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.

The Sum of All Fears (PG-13)

Director: Phil Alden Robinson. With Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber.

Staff **1/2 The fourth in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series to make it on screen, this film imagines the US after a terrorist nuclear blast destroys Baltimore. It arrived amid much speculation about America's readiness to see terrorism as entertainment, but the director chose to show little damage. More chilling may be the US president's willingness to deploy government agents to assassinate the bad guys. By Gloria Goodale

Staff **1/2 Thrilling, gripping, unrealistic.

Sex/Nudity: 2 mild scenes. Violence: 13 scenes, including a hanging. Profanity: 7 harsh expressions. Drugs: 8 scenes of drinking and smoking.

Sunshine State (PG-13)

Director: John Sayles. With Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton. (141 min.)