Director: Ferzan Ozpetek. With Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raoul Bova, Massimo Girotti, Filippo Nigro. (102 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *** A couple's chance encounter with a disoriented old man leads to changes in their lives, the uncovering of the stranger's past, and the woman's new relationship with an attractive neighbor she's been watching through an apartment window. Gentle and life-affirming, if too sentimental in the end. In Italian with subtitles.
Director: Michael Moore. With George W. Bush, Lila Lipscomb, Michael Moore. (117 min.)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Kristian Levring. With Janet McTeer, Olympia Dukakis, Tony Maudsley, Brenda Fricker. (109 min.)
Sterritt *** The time is 1924, the place is a faraway jungle settlement, and the main characters are employees of an English company driving one another slowly bonkers as their passions and tempers rise. Imagine a sexually charged "Heart of Darkness" by way of Denmark's bare-bones Dogme 95 and you'll have an idea of what this dark, moody melodrama is like.
Director: Chris Delaporte. With voices of Kirsten Dunst, the late Richard Harris, Anjelica Huston. (105 min.)
Sterritt ** France's first computer-animated feature follows the adventures of a young woman dwelling in a future world that may die if she doesn't learn to probe and understand its secrets. It's a standard science-fantasy fable, but the visual effects are mighty impressive.
Director: Nick Cassavetes. With Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling. (115 min.)
Sterritt ** An aging man reads a lengthy love story to a debilitated old woman, and gradually we realize its profound relevance to their own former lives. Rowlands is superb, as usual, and Garner partners her with the grace of a dancer. Cassavetes's directing style is slow and stilted, though, indicating yet again that his notion of moviemaking is the opposite of everything his father, the great John Cassavetes, stood for.
Director: Michael Haneke. With Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Patrice Chéreau, Béatrice Dalle. (114 min.)
Sterritt *** A family struggles to survive in a Europe decimated by catastrophe sometime in the not-so-distant future. This is one of Haneke's least powerful films, although the excellent cast is interesting to watch. In French with subtitles.
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud. With Guy Pearce, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Kumal, Sangha. (109 min.)
Sterritt *** The brothers are Cambodian tigers forced by humans to take on very different lives, one in a circus and the other in a dysfunctional royal family's private zoo. The animal action is often gripping and suspenseful. As a whole, a giant step beyond Annaud's earlier animal movie, "The Bear," a more gimmicky film of 1988.
Director: Frank Coraci. With Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile de France, Jim Broadbent. (120 min.)
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.