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Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence:25 scenes Profanity: 16 expressions. Drugs: 3 counts of smoking, 1 of drinking.Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Ferzan Ozpetek. With Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raoul Bova, Massimo Girotti, Filippo Nigro. (102 min.)
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 **** Moore's most deeply felt documentary takes on the Bush administration's past and present positions with regard to everything from terrorism to the president's character, using a wide array of cinematic and journalistic techniques. The results pack a political wallop whether you agree with Moore or not, and they'd be even stronger if his narration didn't have a cloying quality that aims to touch the heart more than the mind.
Staff **** Trenchant, caustic, revealing.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence:14 scenes Profanity: 8 instances. Drugs: 1 instance of smoking.
Director: Pete Hewitt. With Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, voice of Bill Murray. (80 min.)
Sterritt * The cat from Jim Davis's popular comic strip copes with a new dog in the household while his owner woos a pretty veterinarian. The blend of live action and animation is competently done, but the subtly mean-spirited screenplay has more sour meows than hearty laughs. Shown with a short cartoon called "Gone Nutty," which also isn't funny.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón. WIth Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson. (141 min.)
Sterritt *** The third installment of the series based on J.K. Rowling's novels is darker than its predecessors, with Harry stalked by a killer who's escaped from prison, and haunted by ghostly guardians called Dementors who may be more dangerous than the murderer. Add a werewolf, a magic map, and a hippogriff, and you have an imaginative horror movie for mature kids.
Staff *** Spellbinding, spooky, not for kids, best yet.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 12 scenes. Profanity: 8 mild expressions. Drugs: 3 instances of drinking.
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. The story is 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.)