Director: Amy Berg. With Thomas Doyle, Oliver O'Grady. (101 min.)Skip to next paragraph
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Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Amy Berg's documentary is about Father Oliver O'Grady who, during 20 years of service in the Catholic Church, raped dozens of children, including a 9-month-old infant. Although a number of his superiors knew what was going on, he was shuttled from parish to parish to avoid scandal and liability. Berg managed to interview the eerily disassociative and penitent O'Grady in Ireland, where he was deported after eventually serving prison time. She also includes unseen footage of the evasive deposition of Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, in connection with O'Grady. Most powerfully, she also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith. Grade: A
– Peter Rainer
Director: Geoffrey Sax. With Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor, Mickey Rourke. (93 min.)
After Ian Rider's assassination, his 14-year-old nephew, Alex, realizes his guardian was an MI6 agent and had been grooming Alex as his unwitting successor. Ian had been spying on a flamboyant CEO, whose megacomputers, distributed to schools, harbor a deadly secret: On boot-up day they'll kill every pupil in Britain. This obvious James Bond take-off for teens may please fans of the Rider books, whose author, Anthony Horowitz, adapted it, but it hasn't a shred of originality. Grade: C–
– M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 13 instances of action scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 1 scene with cigarettes; 1 scene of drinking.
Director: Terry Gilliam. With Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland. (122 min.)
Terry Gilliam is a magician all right, but sometimes his magic acts fall short. Jeff Bridges, in a wigged-out variation on his "The Dude" character from "The Big Lebowski," plays a heroin-addicted father who transports his motherless daughter to a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. What transpires is meant to be a crackbrained cross between "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland." Despite a few psychologically insightful touches about how children learn to survive misery, "Tideland" is borderline unwatchable, although, as is true of all Gilliam movies, it certainly is different. Grade: D
– P. R.
Director: Martin Scorsese.With Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio. (152 min.)
"The Departed" is about both crooks and cops, although some of the cops are, technically, crooks. What really links the police and the perps is their almost Joycean love of language. An argument could certainly be made that "The Departed" is not much of a stretch for Scorsese. But how can you complain when you're having so much fun? Grade: A
– P. R.