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Staff *** Nostalgic, slow, sentimental.Skip to next paragraph
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Sex/Nudity: 3 instances. Violence: 1 scene. Profanity: 13 mild expressions. Drugs: 6 scenes of drinking, 3 of smoking.
Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon. With voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz. (92 min.)
Sterritt *** The gentle ogre is dragged by his new spouse, Fiona, to meet her royal mom and dad, stirring up trouble with a fairy godmother who's furious with him for beating Prince Charming in the race for Fiona's hand. At its best, this "Shrek" sequel draws up a brilliant new blueprint for all-ages animation, blending fairy-tale whimsy with edgy social satire.
Staff *** Worthy sequel, playful, slam-dunk finish.
Sex/Nudity: 6 instances of innuendo. Violence: 12 scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: 3 instances of drinking, 1 of drugs.
Director: Sam Raimi. With Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris. (127 min.)
Sterritt *** Our hero (Maguire) takes on Doctor Octopus, a once-benign scientist (Molina), who's lost control of the artificial tentacles he's invented; and in his secret identity he continues his fitful courtship of would-be girlfriend (Dunst) who doesn't think she can wait for him much longer. The sequel is more exciting than the 2002 original, thanks largely to Molina's excellent acting. Only the strenuously comic scenes fall as flat as one of Spidey's leftover webs.
Staff *** Satisfying, pumped-up, melodramatic.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 18 scenes. Profanity: 4 mild expressions. Drugs: 3 instances of drinking, 3 of smoking.
Director: Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Kumar Pallana. (128 min.)
Sterritt * Hanks plays an eastern European man whose visit turns sour when a coup topples his nation's government, making him a man without a country and forcing him to make his home in the New York airport he's forbidden by law to leave. Hanks's character is sentimentalized, Tucci's lacks all plausibility, and Zeta-Jones's has little to do. A totally false picture of human nature of what it's really like to be in a security-conscious airport. A Spielbergian bomb.
Staff *** Fresh, sleek, humanistic.
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 10 mild expressions, 8 strong. Drugs: 3 instances of drinking, 2 of smoking.
Sterritt *** Titanic (Not rated)
Directors: Herbert Selpin, Werner Klingler. With Hans Nielsen, Sybille Schmitz, Otto Wernicke, Charlotte Thiele. (85 min)
Sterritt *** Münchausen (Not rated)
Director: Josef von Báky. With Hans Albers, Brigitte Horney, Hermann Speelmans, Marina von Ditmar. (111 min)
If you enjoy American epics like "Titanic," check out these 1943 spectaculars from Germany, released by Kino Video in restored editions. Just as Germany was plummeting towards defeat in World War II, culture minister Josef Goebbels was squirming with jealousy at Hollywood's domination of world movie markets via "The Wizard of Oz" and other entertainments. The result was would-be German blockbusters like "Titanic," whose original director (Selpin) was killed by the Gestapo for impolitic remarks, and "Münchausen," a tribute to the legendary Ufa studio's 25th anniversary. Extras on the "Titanic" disc include a largely faked 1912 newsreel about the ocean tragedy, while "Münchausen" offers an animated short and a demonstration of making a scratchy old picture look new.