Sterritt * Cumming's antic acting is the only asset of this boisterous comedy about Loki, the mischievous Norse god, looking for a mislaid magical mask, which a young cartoonist has now stumbled on. The special effects are ubiquitous but not very special.
Director: Bahman Ghobadi. With Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Hiresh Feysal Rahman. (98 min.)
Sterritt **** The place is Kurdistan, the time is just before the Iraq war, and the main characters are kids who earn their living any way they can, including selling land mines they find buried in the ground. Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction. In Kurdish with subtitles.
Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long, Jay Mohr, Aleisha Allen. (95 min.)
Sterritt ** You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to bear. At least there's a heartwarming end to the excursion.
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 14 scenes of comic violence. Profanity: 4 mild profanities. Drugs: 1 scene with alcohol.
Director: Martin Scorsese. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Kate Beckinsale. (170 min.)
Sterritt *** Large-scale epic about the life and times of Howard Hughes, focusing on his experiences as a filmmaker, aircraft designer, and world-class eccentric. The film largely lacks the personal, idiosyncratic touches that distinguish Scorsese's greatest work, though.
Director: Gurinder Chadha. With Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Naveen Andrews, Marsha Mason. (120 min.)
Sterritt ** Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" gets transplanted to India in this modern-day update. (What's next? "Saris and Sensibility"?) There are even a few Bollywood-style dance sequences in this tale of an eligible bachelorette who meets an American tourist whose arrogance sparks a culture clash. Austen's comedy of social mores works well in the Indian setting and director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") infuses the tale with joyous vigor. Alas, the film collapses under the leaden performance of lead actor Martin Henderson. By Stephen Humphries