Director: Peter Segal. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd. (99 min.)
Sterritt * See review.
Director: Robert Parigi. With Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Rip Torn, Udo Kier. (84 min.)
Sterritt *** A young writer becomes obsessed with an anatomically correct female doll he's modeled on a co-worker, and soon the artificial woman takes over his mind, with bloody results. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock classics like "Psycho" and "Vertigo," the thriller also resembles horror movies like "Dead of Night," treating its plot elements with a violence Hitch would have found way beyond what's necessary. Horror fans will find effective shivers, though.
Director: François Dupeyron. With Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Lola Naymark, Isabelle Adjani. (94 min.)
Sterritt ** The place is Paris, the time is the early 1960s, and the main characters are an elderly Turkish émigré (Sharif) and a Jewish adolescent (Boulanger) who befriend each other in an era when life seemed simpler, - and camaraderie more readily trumped differences of age, ethnicity, and faith. While the story is sentimental, heartfelt acting makes its impact less manipulative. Originally titled "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran." In French with English subtitles.
Director: Greg Pak. With Tamlyn Tomita, Wai Ching Ho, Sab Shimono, Greg Pak. (85 min.)
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