2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Staff *** A Goldie-oldie, energetic, star vehicle.Skip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 5 scenes, including implied sex and nude photos. 10 instances innuendo. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 28 expressions. Drugs: 13 scenes of drinking, smoking. 2 scenes with drugs.
Director: Majid Majidi. With Hossein Abedini, Mohammad Reza Naji. (105 min.)
Sterritt **** The unglamorous setting is an Iranian construction site, and the unlikely hero is an Iranian man who falls in love with an Afghan woman after a string of misadventures with an illegal immigrant who works with him. Majidi became one of Iran's most internationally famed filmmakers with "Children of Heaven" and "The Color of Paradise," but he far surpasses those sappy melodramas with this story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict. In Farsi with English subtitles.
Director: Tim Story. With Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas. (102 min.)
Staff **1/2 The barbershop is the center of life for a group of neighborhood guys, although its owner, Calvin, sees the shop as a money drain. When an ATM is stolen from a nearby store by a modern Laurel and Hardy, the shop becomes gossip central. If every barbershop were this much fun, there would be a lot more well-trimmed men. By Katie Nesse
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes of innuendo. Violence: 9 scenes, including punching. Profanity: 66 expressions. Drugs: 1 scene of smoking.
Director: Jonathan Parker. With David Paymer, Crispin Glover, Joe Piscopo. (82 min.)
Staff ** Glover is remarkably consistent as the stonefaced new hire in a public-records office, who "would prefer not" to do anything but filing, and then not to do anything at all, even leave after he's fired. This snide commentary on government work is well cast. But it runs out of gas as it moves - faithful to its source, Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" - to a sad conclusion. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 5 instances, mostly innuendo. Violence: None. Profanity: 5 mild expressions. Drugs: 2 scenes with drinking.
Director: Wang Xiaoshuai. With Cui Lin, Li Bin, Shou Xun, Gao Yuanyuahn. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** Guei is a country boy filled with enthusiasm over his new job as a big-city courier until his new bike gets stolen before it's even paid for. This quickly paced comedy-drama careens from lowdown humor to anxiety and violence as briskly as the protagonists steer from one crowded avenue to another on their contested bike. The film occasionally meanders from its course, but it's vividly acted. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Staff **1/2 Subtle, touching, wry.
Sex/Nudity: 1 brief scene. Violence: 6 scenes. Profanity: 4 expressions. Drugs: 7 scenes of smoking.
Director: Henry Bean. With Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Billy Zane. (92 min.)
Sterritt **** Gosling plays a 20-something Jew with a deadly hatred of Jewish life, faith, and history whose friends range from rage-filled local thugs to a pair of intellectual neofascists. Based on a real case history, Bean's screenplay paints an excruciatingly vivid portrait of the most dangerous person a tolerant society can have - a zealot who's as mentally agile as he is morally misguided. The result is a stunningly smart, disturbing drama.
Sex/Nudity: 4 instances, including implied sex and nudity. Profanity: 74 harsh expressions.
Director: Arliss Howard. With Howard, Debra Winger, Paul Le Mat. (111 min.)