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Director: Robert Greenwald. With James Wolcott, Peter Hart, Al Franken, Eric Alterman. (77 min.)
Sterritt **** Documentary arguing exactly what the title indicates. It's not "fair and balanced," but why should it be, at a time when that phrase so frequently captions the Orwellian opposite? This is an op-ed polemic, and it's refreshing to see one so skillfully produced by filmmakers with a shoestring budget and meager access to mainstream distribution. A must-see movie, no matter what your politics are.
Director: Garry Marshall. With Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, John Rhys-Davies, Hector Elizondo. (120 min.)
Sterritt ** Apart from a scene in which Julie Andrews sings - an all too rare occasion nowadays - this sequel holds few surprises. Princess Mia (Hathaway) is the princess of Genovia, which looks about as European as Disneyland Paris. But before she inherits the throne from Queen Renaldi (Andrews), the parliament rules that she must marry. Mia has to choose between an arranged marriage with a Prince Charles-like dweeb or a hottie. Hathaway is delightful, but this lazily plotted "Bachelorette" for tweens ends with the least dramatic wedding ceremony ever. By Stephen Humphries
Staff ** Fun, naive, unchallenging.
Sex/Nudity: 1 innuendo. Violence: 3 mild scenes. Profanity: none. Drugs: 2 scenes.
Director: Mark Moormann. With Tom Dowd, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun. (82 min.)
Sterritt *** Documentary about a fabled pop-music producer who thought he'd be a nuclear physicist, and then got permanently sidetracked into a career that made him a collaborator of everyone from '40s jazz greats John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie to Cream and the Allman Brothers in recent years. Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often revealing.
The Village (PG-13)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan. With Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Sigourney Weaver, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt. (106 min.)
Sterritt ** Hardships beset an isolated town that lives in fear of sinister creatures in the surrounding woods. Shyamalan remains a stilted screenwriter, but Roger Deakins's cinematography is spooky, creepy, eerie all the way.
Staff *** Atmospheric, tense, beautifully scored.
Sex/Nudity: 2 scenes. Violence: 11 scenes. Profanity: 1 mild expression. Drugs: 2 scenes.
Director: John Curran. With Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts, Peter Krause. (109 min.)
Two suburban couples grow increasingly confused and upset as adulterous relationships complicate their households. Gracefully filmed, acted with heartfelt emotion, and skillfully written by Larry Gross, it is based on two Andre Dubus novellas.
Director: Peter Howitt. With Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Frances Fisher (87 min.)
Sterritt * With dialogue as sharp as a marshmallow and actors who seem to sleepwalk through these dull proceedings, this ostensibly romantic comedy rings false. Brosnan and Moore star as opposing divorce lawyers who, we are meant to believe, fall in love by default after boozing it up one night and accidentally tying the knot. Other than a gleefully odious Fisher, a total waste of talent. DVD extras included deleted scenes and an alternate ending. By Maud Dillingham