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2002 Mega Movie Guide

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Staff ** She's an editor at a music magazine. He's a record-company executive. Dre and Sidney have been friends since childhood, but they have never been romantically involved. Dre ends up getting married and Sidney gets engaged, but did they make a mistake? It gets tiresome when Sidney uses hip-hop as an endless metaphor for her love for Dre. The movie has some funny moments, but it ultimately never crystallizes. By Lisa Leigh Connors

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Staff *** Mild, fresh, good characters.

Sex/Nudity: 6 instances, including implied sex, innuendo. Violence: 1 boxing scene. Profanity: 13 expressions. Drugs: 11 scenes of drinking, smoking.

CQ (R)

Director: Roman Coppola. With Jeremy Davies, Elodie Bouchez. (100 min.)

Sterritt ** Two filmmakers in Paris 30 years ago - one a documentary director, the other a sci-fi storyteller who can't figure out how to finish his current production - head for confusion when they fall for the same glamorous actress. Coppola's satirical debut film is too ambitious for its own good. But the cast is good.

The Cat's Meow (PG-13)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich. With Edward Herrmann, Kirsten Dunst. (112 min.)

Sterritt ** The place is newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst's yacht in the mid-'20s, and the characters include comedian Charlie Chaplin, gossip columnist Louella Parsons, and Hearst himself. They're hoping for a pleasure cruise, but the sea breezes carry whiffs of jealousy and danger. Based on a real murder case, this amiably dull comedy-drama resembles its setting: Everything is arranged for fun and diversion, but the vehicle takes too long to get us where we're going.

Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes implied sex. 5 scenes innuendo. Violence: 2 shooting scenes.Profanity: 22 mostly mild expressions. Drugs: 14 scenes of smoking and drinking, 2 with marijuana.

Catch Me If You Can (PG-13)

Director: Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nathalie Baye, Christopher Walken. (140 min.)

Sterritt *** The mostly true story of a master impostor (DiCaprio) who passes himself off as everything from a Pan Am copilot to a Harvard-trained physician, cashing bad checks along the way - to the consternation of a workaholic FBI agent (Hanks) who spends years tracking him down. Spielberg's directing is a tad less tricky than usual, but he doesn't have much talent for psychological suspense, which is the heart of the story. DiCaprio underplays nicely and Walken is superb as the con artist's downtrodden dad.

Changing Lanes (R)

Director: Roger Michell. With Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck. (96 min.)

Sterritt *** A corporate lawyer and an insurance salesman become adversaries after a fender-bender, sparking a day-long ordeal of threats and counter-threats. The filmmakers meant to whip up a high-tension thriller. What they ended up with is a psychological satire that's engrossing if you regard it as an absurdist morality tale rather than a suspense yarn. It loses its bite in a last-minute happy ending, but it's a refreshingly novel ride.

Sex/Nudity: 3 instances innuendo. Violence: 5 scenes, including assault.Profanity: 13 strong expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes of drinking.

Chelsea Walls (R)

Director: Ethan Hawke. With Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Tuesday Weld, Vincent D'Onofrio. (110 min.)

Sterritt **** A meandering visit with a collection of characters who have little in common beyond a yen for art and a room at New York's fabled Chelsea Hotel, which hasn't received so much screen attention since Andy Warhol filmed his brilliant "Chelsea Girls" there in the '60s. There's not much of a story, but lots of atmosphere and a jazzlike affection for eccentricity and spontaneity.

Cherish (R)

Director: Finn Taylor. With Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Jason Priestley. (99 min.)