Director: Michael Winterbottom. With Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Nina Fog. (92 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt *** A couple feels romantic in a future society where pervasive human cloning makes some sexual relationships too risky to be allowed. Not always compellingly made, but intelligent and perhaps prophetic.
Director: Michael Mann. With Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo. (120 min.)
Sterritt *** A hit man shanghais a cab driver to be his assistant for one long, bloody night. Stylishly made, if less intellectually resonant than first-rate Mann films like "Ali" and "The Insider."
Director: Bret Wood. With Rick Prelinger, Mike Vraney, Martin Yant, Helena Reckitt. (91 min.)
Sterritt **** A nonfiction look at the history of scare- mongering "safety" films. The interviews with Prelinger are especially smart, discussing the ideological agendas frequently lurking in "educational" materials.
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. With Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak, Takashi Miike. (104 min.)
Sterritt **** A suicidal man shakes off his self-destructive urges after he meets a grief-stricken young woman. Moody, atmospheric, and bewitching, like other first-rate examples of modern Thai cinema. In Thai, Japanese, and English, with subtitles.
Director: Nick Hurran. With Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kathy Bates. (98 min.)
Sterritt ** A would-be TV producer uses her entry-level position as a lever for prying into her boyfriend's personal affairs. A spicy critique of tabloid TV is buried in romantic-comedy material that strains too hard for cuteness. Ditto for Murphy's acting.
Director: Chris Kentis. With Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Estelle Lau. (80 min.)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Sidney Lumet. With Al Pacino, Barbara Eda-Young, Tony Roberts, John Randolph. (129 min.)
Sterritt **** A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best as an honest cop who turns on his crooked colleagues. As compelling as the factual events it's based on.
Director: Bronwen Hughes. With Thomas Jane, Ashley Taylor, Deborah Kara Unger, Dexter Fletcher. (111 min.)
Sterritt ** A cop in apartheid South Africa becomes a bank robber as a sideline. The story is so eager to highlight macho action scenes that it loses track of the important historical and political issues it raises.
Director: Paul Greengrass. With Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles. (110 min.)
Sterritt ** Sequel to "The Bourne Identity," which at least had some psychological tension as the hero learns his identity - namely, a CIA assassin with amnesia. This time it's just chasing and shooting. A disappointment from the director of "Bloody Sunday."
Staff *** Intriguing, riveting, colorful.
Sex/Nudity: 9 scenes. Violence: 11 scenes. Profanity: 10 expressions. Drugs: 7 instances of drinking, 1 of smoking.