2002 Mega Movie Guide
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Staff **1/2 After too many drinks, Zoe Adler (Tunney) tries to call a cab on her cellphone, but a carjacker forces her to drive. He flees after she runs over a police officer, leaving her to face the music. At first, the film throws an annoying array of cinematic distractions, but Zoe, under house arrest, resourcefully stretches her restrictions. Then she tries to clear her name by finding her abductor before he can kill her. By M.K. TerrellSkip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 3 instances implied sex. Violence: 8 scenes, including fighting. Profanity: 28 harsh expressions. Drugs: 7 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Michael Caton-Jones. With Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand. (105 min.)
Sterritt ** A cop faces the prospect of arresting his son for murder, stirring up memories of his own father's execution for homicide and muddling his relationships with his girlfriend and former wife. This melodrama would be more powerful if it stayed with the story's character-driven aspects instead of surrounding them with overdone action scenes. De Niro is great, but doesn't seem involved with his role in the last part.
Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes with innuendo, implied sex. Violence: 8 scenes, including shootings. Profanity: 67 harsh expressions. Drugs: 17 instances drinking, smoking, and illegal drug use.
Director: Jonathan Frakes. With Jesse Bradford, French Stewart. (90 min.)
Staff ** Zak Gibbs, a physics professor's son, accidentally gets hold of an experimental wristwatch that almost stops the world around him. Evil forces kidnap the prof, hoping to turn this invention into a weapon. Zak and friends set out to stop them. At first, a fresh cast and delightful effects promise something special, but the script shifts out of hypertime into plodding formula. By M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: A few instances of innuendo. Violence: 9 scenes, including shootings. Profanity: 3 mild expressions. Drugs: 1 scene with drinking.
Director: Andrew Davis. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Francesca Neri. (110 min.)
Sterritt * Schwarzenegger strikes again, this time as a firefighter who embarks on a vendetta against Colombian terrorists, hunting them in their country and in Washington after his wife and child are killed in a L.A. bombing. The film paints a strikingly hostile portrait of its Latin American characters and some of its mayhem is vicious, even by the debased standards of today's action-movie genre.
Staff **1/2 Phone-in plot, suspenseful, intense.
Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes innuendo. Violence: 16 scenes, some very bloody. Profanity: 33 expressions. Drugs: 4 scenes of drinking, smoking. 1 with drugs.
Director: Christian Charles. With Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling. (100 min.)
Staff *** In this documentary-style film, you see what goes on behind the scenes when one of the most popular comedians gives up his jokes and starts from scratch. Shot in comedy clubs across the US, we see Seinfeld "kill" (have a great show) and bomb. The movie reminds us of the joy in doing something for the joy of doing it, and the dedication that is needed. By Michele Babineau
Staff *** Absorbing, reveals artistry of standup, fun but not funny.
Sex/Nudity: 5 references to sex in jokes or comedy skits. Violence: None.
Director: Michael Snow. With Kim Plate, Greg Hermanovic, John Massey. (93 min.)
Sterritt *** Named after the part of the brain that passes signals between the two hemispheres, this avant-garde extravaganza uses digital techniques to morph, twist, and generally slice and dice every object and person it can find, destabilizing time, place, and gender along the way. Snow is a genius who enlarged the fundamental horizons of cinema with his classic "Wavelength," but here his aesthetic and philosophical ideas don't quite keep pace with his technological boldness.