Bad Education (Not rated)
Director: Pedro Almodovar. With Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele
Martinez, Lluis Homar, Daniel Gimenez Cacho. (105 min.)
Sterritt *** Reading a story by a childhood friend, a movie
director relives a complicated past of love and sexual abuse at a
Franco-era parochial school. Spain's most important living filmmaker
isn't at his very best in this complicated tale, but it raises still-
timely questions well worth pondering. In Spanish with subtitles.
The Big Red One (R)
Director: Samuel Fuller. With Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert
Carradine, Stephane Audran. (163 min.)
Sterritt *** A crusty old sergeant herds his Army unit through a
string of World War II adventures. Reissued with the addition of 50
minutes trimmed from the original 1980 cut, Fuller's only A-budget
movie is still among the lesser works of this frequently brilliant
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (Not rated)
Director: Shola Lynch. With Shirley Chisholm, Ronald Dellums,
Susan Brownmiller, Amiri Baraka. (76 min.)
Sterritt **** Documentary about the only African-American woman
to make a serious run for the US presidency. Hearing her speak her
finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the
price of admission in itself.
Days of Being Wild (Not rated)
Director: Wong Kar-Wai. With Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Leslie
Cheung, Andy Lau. (89 min.)
Sterritt **** A loose-living man, an ordinary waitress, and a
wandering cop-turned-sailor are among the characters of this moody,
brilliantly filmed Hong Kong drama. It's inexplicable that Wong's
early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens
since he completed it in 1991. In Cantonese with subtitles.
Go Further (Not rated)
Director: Ron Mann. With Woody Harrelson, Natalie Merchant, Steve
Clark, Dave Matthews. (78 min.)
Sterritt ** Documentary about a Harrelson tour of West Coast
colleges touting vegetarian food and yogic exercise. Meant to be a
romp in the old Ken Kesey tradition, it's more like a dull drive
with a bunch of leftover flower children.
National Treasure (PG)
Director: Jon Turteltaub. With Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Harvey
Keitel, Jon Voight. (131 min.)
Sterritt ** "The Da Vinci Code" meets "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
in this slam-bang adventure about two teams, one good and one evil,
scrutinizing patriotic artifacts for clues to a hidden Masonic
treasure. Too bad the clever bits are swamped by no-brainer
gunfights, rescues, and chases galore.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (PG)
Directors: Sherm Cohen, Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne. With
voices of Tom Kenny, Alec Baldwin, Bill Fagerbakke, Jeffrey Tambor.
Sterritt **** See review.
CURRENTLY IN RELEASE
After the Sunset (R)
Director: Brett Ratner. With Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody
Harrelson, Don Cheadle. (97 min.)
Sterritt ** A cop chases a crook who covets a huge, exotic
diamond. This indirect rehash of "To Catch a Thief" trades
Hitchcockian shrewdness for the slickest kinds of Hollywood glitz,
gloss, and vulgarity.
Sex/Nudity: 9 instances of innuendo. Violence: 7 Profanity: 27
expressions, mostly mild. Drugs: 15 instances of drinking, 3 of
Director: Charles Shyer. With Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Omar
Epps, Marisa Tomei. (103 min.)
Sterritt *** Remake of the 1966 comedy-drama that put Michael
Caine on the movie-world map with his portrayal of a womanizing
scoundrel who eventually realizes he doesn't know "what it's all
about," as the title song put it. Law is lively and Shyer keeps the
action hopping with help from the movie's original gimmick of having
Alfie keep up a running monologue to the audience.
Sex/Nudity: 14 Violence: 1 Profanity: 16 expressions, mostly
mild. Drugs: 20 instances, 2 with illegal substances. …