Director: Frank Coraci. With Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile de France, Jim Broadbent. (120 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** Another adaptation of Jules Verne's ingenious novel about a 19th-century man circumnavigating the globe to win a wager and demonstrate the progress of modern science. While less ambitious than the 1956 release with David Niven, the film uses the same gimmick of famous faces in cameo roles. Coogan and Broadbent are agile and expressive, but too much time goes to Chan's silly stunts. A colorful disappointment.
Director: David Blyth. With Mistress J., Master Bruce. (84 min.)
Sterritt ** Documentary about New Zealand's kinky-sex scene. Interesting as anthropology, although the subject won't appeal to many people.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn. (92 min.)
Sterritt * The owners of rival health clubs enter teams in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament. Stiller strives to be a wild and wacky villain, Vaughn endeavors to be a likable and average hero, and both fall flat on their faces, like everything else in this unspeakably stupid comedy.
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov. With Aleksei Nejmyshev, Andrei Shchetinin, Aleksandr Razbash. (97 min.)
Sterritt **** A gentle Russian drama etching the close, sometimes conflicted, relationship between a widowed father and his son, a student at military school. Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible. In Russian with subtitles.
Director: Ramona S. Diaz. With Imelda Marcos, Christian Espiritu. (103 min.)
Sterritt *** Nonfiction portrait of the former first lady of the Philippines, from her youth as a beauty-pageant contestant to her adult life as a dictator's wife, a cockamamie philosopher, a collector of shoes galore, and a defendant in scads of lawsuits. She emerges as an energetic, narcissistic, and totally self-deluded woman. In English and Tagalog with subtitles.
Director: Abigail Honor. With Edward DeBonis, Vincent Maniscalco, the Rev. Raymond Lefebvre. (80 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about the efforts of a profoundly religious gay couple to get married in the Roman Catholic church. The movie is sociologically rich, if not very memorable in the personalities it depicts.
Director: Jean-François Pouliot. With Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin, Benoît Brière, Lucie Laurier. (110 min.)
Sterritt *** The setting is a tiny French-Canadian village that desperately wants a factory to set up shop there and replace its once-healthy fishing industry - but the factory won't cooperate unless a physician opens a practice in the community, so the townsfolk devise an elaborate set of ruses to lure a big-city plastic surgeon who'd much rather stay in Montreal with his girlfriend. The story isn't as funny as it tries to be, but it grows increasingly winning as it goes along. Originally titled "La Grande Séduction." In French with subtitles
Director: Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Kumar Pallana. (128 min.)
Sterritt * See review, this page.
Director: Fabrice Cazeneuve. With Julien Baumgartner, Julia Maraval, Jérémie Elkàïm, François Comar. (90 min.)