Director: Zack Snyder. With Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burell. (100 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** Remake of George Romero's sardonic 1978 horror movie about terrorized humans hiding in a shopping mall from swarming zombies. The updated version is somewhat lighter on social satire, but even heavier on blood and gore than the grisly original. Neither is as biting or original as "Night of the Living Dead," the Romero classic that spawned these spinoffs. Horror buffs will find plenty of split-second suspense and in-your-face carnage, while others will scramble for the exit as quickly as the characters race away from their apocalyptic foes.
Director: Pearl Gluck. With Pearl Gluck, Amichai Lau Lavie, Michelle Miller, Mark Joseph Altman. (77 min.)
Sterritt *** Gluck filmed this offbeat documentary during and after her quest for an old couch that great rabbis reputedly slept on when it graced her family's home in Hungary, before the Holocaust drove her Hasidic relatives to Brooklyn. The picture makes up in energy and high spirits what it lacks in structure and style. In English, Yiddish, and Hungarian with English subtitles.
Director: Michel Gondry. With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst. (108 min.)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: John Crowley. With Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney, Shirley Henderson. (106 min.)
Sterritt ** Crime, romance, and uneasy friendship play roughly equal roles in this Irish comedy-drama about a long list of characters including an egotistical cop, a troubled bus driver, a May-December couple, and a gaggle of supermarket employees. It's surprising that so much material, so many moods, and such an interesting cast end up making such a small, unmemorable splash.
Director: Dagur Kari. With Tomas Lemarquis, Throster Anna Fridriksdóttir, Leo Gunnarsson. (88 min.)
Sterritt *** The title character is a very bright, very discombobulated teen who seems unable to get along with his family, his teachers, or anyone in his frosty Icelandic town except a pretty new girl whose father doesn't like him one bit. Quirky, heartfelt acting makes this a superior entry in the perennial teenage-misfit genre. In Icelandic with English subtitles.
Director: D.J. Caruso. With Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Gena Rowlands, Kiefer Sutherland. (101 min.)
Sterritt ** See review.
Director: Peter Segal. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd. (99 min.)
Sterritt * A womanizer (Sandler) falls for a woman (Barrymore) whose short-term memory has been destroyed by an injury, which means each time he woos her is the first time for her. Set in picturesque Hawaii, this could have been a tasty romantic comedy, but the filmmakers swamp the story with tasteless jokes, phony animal stunts, and bathroom humor.