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June 27, 2003



NEW RELEASES
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (PG-13)

Director: McG. With Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac. (111 min.)

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Sterritt ** See review.

Human Weapon (Not rated)

Director: Ilan Ziv. With Robert Jay Lifton. (54 min.)

Sterritt **** A brief history of suicide attacks, demonstrating that they're far from new and far from homogeneous in the motivations that drive them and the causes they serve. Ziv's documentary is chilling and instructive. In English, Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Tamil with English subtitles

My Terrorist (Not rated)

Director: Yulie Cohen Gerstel. With Yulie Cohen Gerstel. (58 min.)

Sterritt **** Gerstel's documentary account of her effort to break the cycle of Israel-Palestine violence. She lobbies for the release from prison of a Palestinian man who injured her in a bus attack. Her film provides an intelligent, deeply personal view of social and political issues that are longstanding and complex but not, she insists, intractable. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles

28 Days Later (R)

Director: Danny Boyle. With Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston. (113 min.)

Sterritt *** See review.

CURRENTLY IN RELEASE
2 Fast 2 Furious (PG-13)

Director: John Singleton. With Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes. (110 min.)

Sterritt * A former cop and his ex-con friend agree to help the feds capture a big-time dope dealer in exchange for clearing their own criminal records. The film has enough wild driving to satisfy any "French Connection" fan or "Bullitt" buff, but there's precious little for anyone else to enjoy. 2 foolish + 2 flashy = 4 get it!

Staff ** 1/2 Adrenaline pumping, flashy, the new "Dukes of Hazzard."

Sex/Nudity: 6 innuendos. Violence: 15 scenes, including multiple car crashes. Profanity: 25 profanities. Drugs: At least 5 scenes.

Alex & Emma (PG-13)

Director: Rob Reiner. With Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau. (105 min.)

Sterritt *** He's a novelist who must start and finish a new book in one month or face the wrath of loan sharks, and she's a stenographer who begins as his assistant and becomes much more than that. The movie alternates between the author's musty apartment and the 1920s nostalgia-world of the story he's dreaming up, all about wealthy women, penniless tutors, and other archetypes of middlebrow fiction. Wilson and Hudson play a gallery of comic characters without showing off or camping it up, and the story is predictable but amusing.

Staff ** Exhausting sequences of clichés, charming cast, lacks substance.

Sex/Nudity: 3 scenes of innuendo, implied sex. Violence: 2 scenes, including roughing up a man and smashing TV with baseball bat. Profanity: 1 instance. Drugs: 1 instance of drinking.

Bruce Almighty (PG-13)

Director: Tom Shadyac. With Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman. (94 min.)

Sterritt ** Finding himself endowed with divine powers temporarily granted by God, a self-centered local TV reporter gradually learns there are more important things in life than his career woes and petty gripes. The screenplay doesn't ultimately make much sense. Carrey is a unique comic talent, though, and Freeman and Aniston back him up with sensitive supporting performances.

Staff *** Carrey is allllrighty, divinely funny, too sentimental.

Sex/Nudity: 10 scenes, including innuendo and implied sex. No nudity. Violence: 7 scenes of violence, mostly slapstick or fighting. Profanity: 12 profanities. Drugs: 4 scenes with drinking.

Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (PG-13)

Director: Troy Miller. With Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Mimi Rogers, Eugene Levy. (95 min.)

Sterritt *** Positioned somewhere between "Wayne's World" and "Animal House," with an occasional nod to "There's Something About Mary," this good-natured farce gives the backstory of the 1994 hit "Dumb & Dumber," telling how the dopey heroes met as high school students in a "special class." Olsen and Richardson bear uncanny resemblances to Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and Levy gives a generous dose of his weird-grownup shtick. In all it's a pleasant surprise.

Sex/Nudity: 7 instances of innuendo. Violence: 5 instances, including car crash. Profanity: 23 mild instances. Drugs: 1 instance of smoking, 1 of drinking.

Finding Nemo (G)
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