AMC Classic Film Festival -- This week, on Friday they're screening the classic 1973 Bruce Lee film, Enter the Dragon (Rated: R); on Saturday, it's the 1987 cult favorite, The Princess Bride (starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, Rated: PG); and on Sunday, check out 1985's The Goonies (starring Corey Feldman and Sean Astin, Rated: PG).
Brown Sugar -- Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) have been lifelong friends since the moment they first heard hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now he's a record industry exec and she's a music critic and both are involved with other people. Folks, I think we can all figure out where this is going: Dre and Sidney are meant to be together, but -- let's say this part all together now, shall we? -- they don't know it yet. Also staring Queen Latifah and produced by Magic Johnson. Rated: PG-13
Ellling -- Winner of the Golden Space Needle award at the 2002 Seattle International Film Festival and already a contender for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar, Elling tells the story of two men, recently released from a mental institution, who must learn how to get along in the outside world. Starring Per Christian Ellefsen and Sven Nordin. Rated: R
Knockaround Guys -- This nasty little movie with a warped sense of humor has been sitting on a shelf, undeservedly, for more than a year. Young stars (Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper, Seth Green) join with vets (Dennis Hopper, John Malkovich, Tom Noonan) when some sons of the Brooklyn Mob go to retrieve a bag of money that's been lost in Montana. Lots of villains, idiots (especially a funny couple of dopers) and would-be criminals. Stylized, slick and well done. (ES) Rated R
Rules of Attraction -- A dizzying movie experience about what goes on inside and outside college dorms that are filled with drug- and alcohol-riddled folks. But substance abuse isn't why it's dizzying. That has more to do with over-the-top performances, especially from James Van Der Beek, playing Sean Bateman (the younger brother of American Psycho killer Patrick Bateman). And, yes, this is from a book by Bret Easton Ellis, too. Very funny in parts, unnerving in others. And hold on when everyone starts walking and talking backward. (ES) Rated R
Spirited Away -- It's a Disney film with the voices of Suzanne Pleshette, Lauren Holly and David Ogden Stiers, but it's also a gorgeous example of what Japanese anime is capable of. A young girl is taken to a strange and otherworldly realm where her slovenly parents are turned into pigs. She is charged with the task of both turning them back into people and finding a way back home in this psychologically adroit and visually stunning film directed by Hiyao Miyazaki and Kirk Wise. Rated: PG
The Transporter -- Jason Statham plays a former mercenary who now lives on the French Riviera and hires himself and his BMW out as a delivery service: any package, no questions asked. His latest package, however, turns out to be the kidnapped daughter (Shu Qi) of a smuggler. Rated: PG-13
Tuck Everlasting -- The Natalie Babbitt novel for young adults comes vibrantly to life on the screen, telling of wealthy but unhappy Winnie, taking a walk in her family's woods one day and stumbling across Jesse, one of the sons in the mysterious and rustic Tuck family. There's much magic here, involving life, death and something else. There's also malevolence, in the guise of the Man in the Yellow Suit. A charming, philosophical fairy tale. Starring Alexis Bledel, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Ben Kingsley and Jonathan Jackson. (ES) Rated: PG
White Oleander -- The enormously popular Oprah book makes its transition to the big screen with Alison Lohman starring as Astrid, a troubled 14-year-old whose mother, Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer), has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her ex-boyfriend (with a sprig of white oleander, no less). As Astrid moves from foster home to foster home, she discovers that her mother still keeps a frightening degree of control over her developing life. Also starring Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn and Patrick Fugit. Rated: PG-13
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