Director: John Hamburg. With Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing. (90 min.)
Sterritt * A neurotically cautious man (Stiller) gets cheated on by his wife (Messing) during their honeymoon, whereupon he inexplicably starts chasing a woman (Aniston) whose life philosophy is the dead opposite of his. If you can swallow that premise, you may be able to tolerate the crass bathroom humor - evidently trying to out-gross "There's Something About Mary" - and the weak acting, even by Hoffman. Aniston is so far above this material she should never, ever have signed on.
Director: Jafar Panahi. With Hussein Emadeddin, Pourang Nakhael, Azita Rayeji. (97 min)
Sterritt **** See review.
Director: Gary Keys. With Gary Keys, Billy Taylor, Candido Camero. (95 min.)
Sterritt *** While visiting Cuba to teach a master class in filmmaking, American jazz-movie specialist Keys travels to a variety of cities and towns to sample, analyze, and just plain dig the diverse musical styles he runs across. The analytical discussions don't run very deep, but eyes will shine and toes will tap whenever this picture is shown.
Director: Sue Brooks. With Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Kate Atkinson. (107 min.)
Sterritt *** See review.
Director: Satoshi Kon. With voices of Toru Emori, Aya Okamoto. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** Don't think the mafia kind of godfather - this Japanese animation is loosely inspired by John Ford's western about three fugitives from justice who carry a motherless infant to safety. Here, the setting is Tokyo and the heroes are a homeless man, a drag queen, and a woman who's run away from home. The story is sweet by animé standards, although it has harsh elements as well. In Japanese with English subtitles
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