Director: Frank Coraci. With Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile de France, Jim Broadbent. (120 min.)
Sterritt ** Another adaptation of Jules Verne's ingenious novel about a 19th-century man circumnavigating the globe to win a wager and demonstrate the progress of modern science. While less ambitious than the 1956 release with David Niven, the film uses the same gimmick of famous faces in cameo roles. Coogan and Broadbent are agile and expressive, but too much time goes to Chan's silly stunts. A colorful disappointment.
Director: David Blyth. With Mistress J., Master Bruce. (84 min.)
Sterritt ** Documentary about New Zealand's kinky-sex scene. Interesting as anthropology, although the subject won't appeal to many people.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn. (92 min.)
Sterritt * The owners of rival health clubs enter teams in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament. Stiller strives to be a wild and wacky villain, Vaughn endeavors to be a likable and average hero, and both fall flat on their faces, like everything else in this unspeakably stupid comedy.
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov. With Aleksei Nejmyshev, Andrei Shchetinin, Aleksandr Razbash. (97 min.)
Sterritt **** A gentle Russian drama etching the close, sometimes conflicted, relationship between a widowed father and his son, a student at military school. Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible. In Russian with subtitles.
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