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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Staff **1/2 Spotty acting, predictable, well-crafted.

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Sex/Nudity: 1 scene implied sex. Violence: 13 scenes, including shootouts. Profanity: 24 expressions. Drugs: 5 scenes drinking.

Bloody Sunday (R)

Director: Paul Greengrass. With James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell. (107 min.)

Sterritt *** Crisply made docudrama about a deadly 1972 clash between British soldiers and civil-rights protesters in a Northern Irish city. The movie is more a logistical feat than a historical analysis, but it offers a heartfelt account of a mortal blow dealt to pacifist ideals by violence and militarism.

Sex/Nudity: 1 instance innuendo. Violence: 11 scenes, including bloody shootings. Profanity: 18 harsh expressions. Drugs: 6 scenes smoking.

Blue Crush (PG-13)

Director: John Stockwell. With Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis. (103 min.)

Sterritt ** They're chambermaids by night, surfin' girls by day, and one of them has the makings of wave-riding stardom. Moviegoing tip: Skip the first hour, but grab a seat in time for the surfing contest that climaxes the picture, complete with mile-high waves and the most graceful ocean-gliding this side of "The Endless Summer."

Staff **1/2 Great surf footage, insipid dialogue.

Sex/Nudity: 6 instances innuendo; 1 scene implied sex. Violence: 12 scenes, including near drownings. Profanity: 22 expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes of drinking and smoking.

The Bourne Identity (PG-13)

Director: Doug Liman. With Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox. (113 min.)

Sterritt ** Damon plays a spy so afflicted by amnesia that he doesn't know his name, much less the assignment he's supposed to carry out. The movie has director Liman's distinctive stamp, with fidgety camerawork and lightning-quick editing. But he hasn't so much transformed the espionage thriller as submitted to its conventions. A truly fresh treatment of Robert Ludlum's novel wouldn't rely so heavily on shootouts, car chases, and boy-meets-girl clichés.

Staff *** Fresh, entertaining, great cast.

Sex/Nudity: 1 scene implied sex. Violence: 11 scenes, including shootings. Profanity: 6 harsh expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes of drinking and smoking.

Bowling for Columbine (R)

Director: Michael Moore. With Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson. (120 min.)

Sterritt *** Contemporary film's most freewheeling documentarymaker turns his sights on the longtime American love affair with guns, including a living-room confrontation with National Rifle Association leader Heston and a discussion with goth-rocker Manson that's amazingly articulate. Moore turns the camera on himself too often for comfort, but he provides an eye-opening array of revelations.

Staff ***1/2Biting, intelligent, relevant.

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 38 scenes, mostly violent news clips. Profanity: 8 expressions. Drugs: 1 scene of smoking.

Brotherhood of the Wolf (R)

Director: Christophe Gans. With Jean Yanne, Emilie Dequenne, Vincent Cassel. (142 min.)

Sterritt ** In the time of Louis XV, a French detective and a native American mystic uncover a web of skulduggery as they probe a series of killings thought by local peasants to be the work of a supernatural monster. Gans tries to match "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with his ambitious mix of action, romance, and mythic overtones, but much of the historical horrorfest is more frenetic than fascinating. In French with English subtitles.

Staff *** Good monster movie, excessively violent, dark, mystical.

Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes. Violence: 18 bloody scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: 8 scenes of drinking, smoking; 2 with drugs.

Brown Sugar (PG-13)

Director: Rick Famuyiwa. With Taye Diggs, Mos Def, Nicole Parker, Queen Latifah. (108 min.)

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