Director: Doug Liman. With Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox. (113 min.)
Sterritt ** See review, page 15.
Director: Peter Care. With Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, Vincent D'Onofrio. (110 min.)
Sterritt *** See review, page 15.
Director: Raja Gosnell. With Freddy Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini.
Staff *** The wild and droll canine Scooby-Doo and his villain-chasing friends reunite for a spooky adventure in this first live-action adaptation of the animated TV series. A theme-park owner calls on the gang (Mystery Inc.) to uncover the reason all the visitors are leaving the park as monster-possessed zombies. Numerous clues and outlandish happenings lead them through fun-house twists and turns as they seek the desperado behind it all. The characters are well portrayed and the ending is unexpected, but some scenes are clichés and others grotesque. The qualities that enable this quintet to succeed include adaptability and an appreciation of good friends. The story offers enough incentive for adults to stay and kids to watch so give yourself a Scooby Snack! By Chase Clements (age 13)
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of provocative behavior. Violence: 18 instances of cartoonish violence. Profanity: 3 instances of mild language. Drugs: None.
Director: Imogen Kimmel. With Charlotte Brittain, Lee Ross, Annette Badland, James Hooton. (89 min.)
Sterritt ** A working-class Englishwoman escapes the woes of her mediocre marriage by joining a New Age sumo-wrestling club that lets her celebrate her hefty body and freewheeling hopes. Energetic acting helps compensate for a contrived script and directing that's sometimes as heavy as its cheerfully rotund characters.
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