Director: Jon Favreau. With: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner. (92 min)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt **** See review.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 4 scenes of violence, including a severe beating. Profanity: 2 mild profanities. Drugs: 5 scenes with alcohol, 1 scene with smoking.
Director: Rolf Schübel. With: Stefano Dionisi, Erika Marozsán, Joachim Król, Ben Becker. (112 min)
Sterritt *** In the early Hitler years, a Budapest restaurant pianist and his employer both fall for a beautiful waitress, and the musician composes the melancholy title song to express his longing for her, which doesn't diminish when a Nazi pushes his way into the love triangle. Meanwhile, suicides are proliferating in the city - is the song to blame, or is it the tenor of the times? In German with English subtitles.
Director: Marina de Van. With: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Thibault de Montalembert, Léa Drucker. (93 min)
Sterritt *** After suffering a minor injury, a young woman develops a love-hate relationship with her own skin, taking her inner and outer life in unpredictable directions. The results are unsparingly perverse and oddly spellbinding. In French with English subtitles.
Director: Richard Curtis. With: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney. (128 min)
Sterritt * See review.
Directors: The Wachowski Brothers. With: Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith, Laurence Fishburne, (129 min)
Sterritt ** See review.
Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker. With voices of Joaquin Phoenix, Joan Copeland, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rick Moranis. (85 min.)
Sterritt ** This old-fashioned animation tells the story of three native American brothers, one of whom is mysteriously turned into a bear as a path to redemption from his human faults. All the old Disney trademarks are here, except the wit and surprise that were once the studio's stock in trade. There's little appeal to grownups, but kids should enjoy it.
Staff **1/2 Warm, scenic, enthralling storyline.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 8 scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: None.
Director: Quentin Tarantino. With Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Sonny Chiba, Lucy Liu. (110 min.)
Sterritt *** Talk about pulp fiction. This extremely bloody martial-arts epic has the most straightforward story Tarantino has ever told, following a woman (Thurman) as she takes revenge on many enemies. Stay away if you have a single squeamish bone in your body.
Staff *** Gory, moody, stylish.
Violence: 97 scenes. Extreme violence throughout film, including rape, slaughters. Profanity: 28 profanities. Drugs: 5 scenes of drinking, smoking.
Director: Robert Benton. With: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise. (106 min.)
Sterritt ** Philip Roth's story of a famous author who befriends a professor, learning of a great secret in his past and an incongruous love affair in his present. Although the cast is excellent, the intelligence and passion of Roth's novel are lost in glossy camera work and well-worn Hollywood mannerisms.