As a character study, this falls short. But as a peek inside the urban ghetto, it's a hip, goofy, slightly serious and rather sweet comedy that spins right along. Ice Cube plays the barbershop owner who might lose the place to a loan shark. (ES) Rated PG-13
One Hour Photo
The story of a lonely fellow (Robin Williams) who works as a photo tech at the mall, dreaming that he can be part of one local family is downright creepy. The creep factor is due partly to the family's dark little secrets, and largely to Williams' quiet, edgy performance. But the film gives away too much in the beginning and leaves too much open at the end. (ES) Rated R
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tim Curry wears fishnets and belts out tunes as if he were the love child of Freddie Mercury and Linda Rondstadt; Susan Sarandon is hilariously straight (for awhile) in one of her very first roles. Don't forget your newspapers, rice and water pistols. Rated: R. At the Met on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 pm and midnight and on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 pm and midnight.
John (Jason Lee) has always promised to pay for his niece Noreen's college education. Of course that was a long time ago when Noreen was still gumming her food and watching Sesame Street. In the meantime, John has met Elaine (Leslie Mann), a nice girl he plans to marry as soon as they've saved up $30,000 towards their dream home. Anyone see where this is going? Rated: PG-13
From France and elsewhere, we're all too familiar with stories of middle-aged men and younger paramours, but Tadpole wreaks a Boylita version of the stereotype, with a forty-ish woman (Sigourney Weaver) pursued by a 15-year-old adept (Aaron Stanford) -- who happens to be her stepson. Tadpole is a surprising -- and gratifying -- treasure, as slight (and sly) as a wink, as weighty as unrequited infatuation. (RP) RATED: PG-13 At the Met on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2:30, 5:30 and 8 pm.
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