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Movie Guide

November 28, 2003

The Cooler (R)

Director: Wayne Kramer. With William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Paul Sorvino. (101 min.)

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Sterritt **** See review.

The Haunted Mansion (PG)

Director: Ron Minkoff. With Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Terence Stamp, Wallace Shawn. (88 min.)

Sterritt ** See review.

Hukkle (Not rated)

Director: György Palfi. With Ferenc Bandi, Attila Kaszás, Ferenc Nagy, József Forkas. (75 min.)

Sterritt *** The title is Hungarian for "hiccup," and that's what an elderly man often does as director Pálfi veers between close-ups of his weathered face and goings-on in the rural town around him, which may or may not include murder. Hovering between vivid countryside documentary and understated melodrama, this almost wordless film is a unique excursion into fascinating territory. In Hungarian with English subtitles

In America (PG-13)

Director: Jim Sheridan. With Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Emma Bolger. (103 min.)

Sterritt ** An actor emigrates from Ireland to New York with his wife and young daughters, moving into a scruffy tenement and hoping he'll achieve some success before overwhelming poverty gets the better of them all. The story has too many trite moments, but strong acting and a goodhearted attitude keep it afloat.

Independent Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley (Not rated)

Director: Sybil DelGaudio. With Faith Hubley, John Hubley, Emily Hubley, John Canemaker. (85 min.)

Sterritt *** A nonfiction look at the lives of two filmmakers who pioneered the art of independent cinema via ingenious and intelligent animations, supplementing their income with everything from laboring at the Disney studio to creating legendary TV commercials. Many excerpts from the Hubley canon are included and even more would have been welcome.

The Legend of Leigh Bowery (Not rated)

Director: Charles Atlas. With Boy George, Bella Freud, Damien Hirst, Norman Rosenthal. (80 min.)

Sterritt *** Visually jolting documentary about Bowery, the late fashion designer who turned his over-the-top approach to clothing into a form of performance art; in the process he became a pop-culture icon and also a soul-baring model who posed for some of Lucien Freud's most respected paintings. You may find the film as outrageous as it is outlandish, and Bowery would have taken that as a compliment.

The Missing (R)

Director: Ron Howard. With Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd. (130 min.)

Sterritt ** See review at right.

Timeline (PG-13)

Director: Richard Donner. With Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Billy Connolly, Anna Friel. (116 min.)

Staff * In this "Stargate" redux, a Yale history professor rides a wormhole back to 14th century France. When he gets stuck there, a group of students time travel to rescue him, landing amid the clanking metal and flying arrows of a Anglo-French battle. Based on Michael Crichton's bestseller, this action film plays more like a comedy filled with TV acting and cliché one-liners. ("They made history together.") See another film, or you'll find yourself wishing you could travel back to change your ticket. By Stephanie Cook Broadhurst

Valley of Tears (Not rated)

Director: Hart Perry. With residents of Raymondville, Texas. (82 min.)