Director: Rowdy Herrington. With Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Northam, Claire Forlani, Malcolm McDowell. (120 min)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** A fictionalized biography of the great golfer, from his privileged childhood to his longtime rivalry with champion Walter Hagen - neatly portrayed by Northam as the breeziest pro on the circuit - and his achievement as the only person ever to win golf's grand slam, despite physical problems depicted here in sanitized ways. True-blue golf buffs should find it a treat. For others it's no deeper than a tin cup on a putting green.
Director: Barry Levinson. With Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Rachel Weisz, Christopher Walken. (99 min)
Sterritt *** A small-time businessman (Stiller) seethes with the title sin after his friend (Black) strikes it rich with a product he's dreamed up. The movie works fairly well as a pitch-dark comedy, and very well as a dead-on satire of upward mobility and its discontents.
Director: Nick Hamm. With Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Robert De Niro. (102 min)
Sterritt * Strange things happen when a couple's little boy dies and a scientist offers to replace him through an illegal cloning procedure. The most outlandish cloning in the picture is Hamm's attempt to reincarnate Stanley Kubrick, dressing up the evil-child plot with enough wide-angle shots and symmetrical framings to hammer home the message that "The Shining" needs no replication. How could such a high-octane cast produce such low-octane horror?
Director: Peter Howitt. With Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Parker Posey, Michael Sheen. (87 min)
Sterritt * Two top-notch divorce attorneys (Moore and Brosnan) fall for each other while battling in the courtroom. This sort of legal-eagle premise worked beautifully in the bygone Tracy and Hepburn days, declined when the Coen brothers made "Intolerable Cruelty," and hits rock bottom here. Poor writing and directing are the culprits - and whatever possessed the gifted Moore to make her role a nonstop Diane Keaton imitation? There oughta be a law!
Director: Mark Waters. With Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows. (97 min)
Sterritt *** See review.
Director: Guy Maddin. With Isabella Rossellini, Maria de Madeiros, Mark McKinney, Ross McMillan. (99 min)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Julie Bertucelli. With Esther Gorintin, Dinara Drukarova, Nino Khomasuridze, Temur Kalandadze. (102 min)
Sterritt **** Three generations of Georgian women cope with life in their run-down Tbilisi apartment and worry in different ways about Otar, the man of the family, who illegally emigrated to Paris and has suddenly died there - a tragedy the younger women decide to keep a secret from his mother even if this means sending her bogus letters to keep up the illusion that he's alive and well. Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career. In Georgian and French with English subtitles
Director: Jonathan Demme. With Jean Dominique, Michele Montas, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. (90 min)