Director: Andy Tennant. With Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta. (118 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Sterritt ** See review.
Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. With Camille Paglia, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** A documentary about the infamous 1972 movie that put film pornography into the mainstream, became a major pawn in the culture wars, and grew to be what's possibly the most profitable picture ever made. The doc is longer on historical interest than original insights or analysis, though.
Director: Ziad H, Hamzeh. With residents of Lewiston, Maine. (76 min.)
Sterritt **** A nonfiction account of the racism - and reaction against racism - that erupted in a small Maine city when refugees from Somalia started moving there. Revealing and harrowing.
Director: Jean-Luc Godard. With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Michel Debord, Marléne Jobert. (103 min.)
Sterritt **** Godard plunges into the sociology of "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola" in this 1966 tragicomedy about a young man smitten with a pop singer. Masterly by any measure. In French with freshly revised subtitles.
Director: Marco Bellocchio. With Sergio Castellitto, Piera Degli Esposti. (103 min.)
Sterritt **** Old memories surface and family tensions rise when an Italian man learns that the Roman Catholic hierarchy is considering his late mother for sainthood. This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione." In Italian with subtitles
Director: Frank Nissen. With voices of Jim Cummings, Brenda Blethyn, Jimmy Bennett, David Ogden Stiers. (68 min.)
Sterritt *** Pooh and his pals - except Roo, who's too young for the trip - set out to capture a mysterious new creature who's shown up in their neck of the woods. The gentle story, told via old-fashioned "flat" animation, is perfect for the very youngest viewers.
Director: Robert Shallcross. With Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Pierrino Mascarino, Trevor Morgan. (102 min.)
Sterritt ** A workaholic dad draws closer to his wife and kids when an eccentric Italian relative shows up for a prolonged visit to their midwestern home. The acting is endearing and the story has great charm before predictability and sentimentality eventually take over.
Director: Judy Irving. With Mark Bittner, Judy Irving, many parrots. (83 min.)
Sterritt *** A nonfiction portrait of a West Coast eccentric who devotes his life to caring for a particular flock of wild parrots in his neighborhood. Lovely to look at, if not very deep in its thinking about relations between humans and their animal friends.
Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long, Jay Mohr, Aleisha Allen. (95 min.)
Sterritt ** You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to bear. At least there's a heartwarming end to the excursion.