Directors: Carles Bosch, Josep M. Doménech. With Rafael Cano, Miriam Hernández, Guillermo Armas. (120 min.)
Sterritt *** Thoughtful, ambitious documentary that travels between Havana and American cities as it traces the lives of several underprivileged Cubans who emigrate to the United States and try to carve out new lives. Poignant, spirited, revealing.
Director: Melissa Martin. With Scott Baio, Kristin Minter, John Amplas, Rosemary Prinz. (105 min.)
Sterritt ** A feisty wheeler-dealer takes enough time off from his family's Pittsburgh bakery to return an estranged daughter to his elderly best friend, pretending he's going to marry the young woman to make the old lady happy. Do they eventually fall in love? Guess. Although this "Moonstruck" knockoff is diverting to watch, it's basically a low-budget loaf of Italian-American movie clichés.
Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker. With voices of Joaquin Phoenix, Joan Copeland, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rick Moranis. (85 min.)
Sterritt ** This old-fashioned animation tells the story of three native American brothers, one of whom is mysteriously turned into a bear as a path to redemption from his human faults. All the old Disney trademarks are here, except the wit and surprise that were once the studio's stock in trade. There's little appeal to grownups, but kids should enjoy it.
Director: Gus Van Sant. With Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Carrie Finklea. (81 min.)
Sterritt **** See full review, page 15.
Director: Jane Campion. With Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Kevin Bacon. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** See full review, page 15.
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