2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Sex/Nudity: 3 instances of innuendo. Violence: 14 scenes, including drowning and fighting. Profanity: 15 mild expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes with smoking and drinking.Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Marc Lawrence. With Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Dorian Missick, Katheryn Winnick. (100 min)
Sterritt *** She's an idealistic lawyer, he's the devil-may-care businessman who hires her, and you know love-sparks will fly before the final credits roll. Bullock is cute. Grant is even cuter. They have the timing and panache of a first-rate comedy team. They should make a million movies together.
Director: Malcolm Lee. With Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards. (88 min.)
Staff * "Undercover Brother" should have stayed undercover, brother. Imagine "Shaft" meets "Austin Powers," but not as cool or as funny. Our jive-talking hero (Griffin) is recruited by a group of vigilantes trying to bring down "the Man" after discovering that he is distributing mind-controlling drugs through a fried chicken fast-food chain. By Stuart S. Cox Jr.
Director: Walter Hill. With Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk. (96 min.)
Staff **1/2 George "Iceman" Chambers (Rhames), heavyweight boxing champ, goes to prison for a rape he denies, but is mean enough to have committed. There he encounters Monroe Hutchens (Snipes), an introspective lifer, undefeated in the prison fight program. It's inevitable that the two will meet in the ring. Director Hill's spare, macho style manages to keep things moving enough that you don't think too much about plausibility. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 5 instances, mostly innuendo. Violence: 16 instances violence, including fight scenes. Profanity: 70 strong expressions. Drugs: At least 2 scenes of smoking.
Director: Adrian Lyne. With Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Olivier Martinez (124 min)
Sterritt *** Tragedy ensues when a well-to-do woman starts cheating on her conscientious husband with a flighty intellectual she's met by chance. Steamy sex scenes aside, this is one of Lyne's most carefully crafted dramas, helped by solid acting and a well-developed sense of time, place, and atmosphere.
Staff **1/2Lacks depth, suspenseful, tragic.
Sex/Nudity: 9 scenes with graphic sex. Violence: 2 scenes Profanity: 28 expressions. Drugs: 7 scenes with alcohol, 3 with smoking.
Director: Joe Maggio. With Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell, Greg Amici, Anthony Gorman. (93 min.)
Sterritt *** Virgil is determined to start a new life after finishing his prison term, but he falls into bad company despite his good intentions. A few miscalculated scenes aside, this low-budget drama is stunningly smart and powerful, with real-as-life lead performances and a style as gripping as it is unpretentious.
Director: Adam Shankman. With Mandy Moore, Shane West, Daryl Hannah. (100 min.)
Staff **1/2 After a prank injures a student, a principal orders the most popular boy in school (West) to tutor underprivileged kids on weekends and act in a play. Both jobs throw him in with Jamie, the ethical minister's daughter (Moore). The film may be trite or weepy in spots, but it's a celebration of decency. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 5 scenes with innuendo. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 13 expressions. Drugs: 3 drinking scenes.
Director: Shohei Imamura. With Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baisho, Manasaku Fowa. (119 min.)
Sterritt ** On a hunt for buried treasure, a lonely man makes peculiar acquaintances in a seaside Japanese town, including a woman whose body is attuned to nature in disconcerting ways. Imamura has directed near-legendary films like "Vengeance Is Mine," but his acute sense of color and offbeat storytelling style aren't enough to make this sensual fantasy more than a whimsical trifle. In Japanese with English subtitles.