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Sterritt ** See review.

9 Songs (Not rated)

Director: Michael Winterbottom. With Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley, Michael Nyman, the Dandy Warhols. (69 min.)

Sterritt ** A man and woman share their hankering for sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. It's always hard to predict what Winterbottom will try next, but this experiment isn't worth repeating, the lively concert scenes notwithstanding. Be forewarned that the sexual scenes aren't simulated.

Tony Takitani (Not rated)

Director: Jun Ichikawa. With Issey Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi, voice of Nishijima Hidetoshi. (75 min.)

Sterritt **** The haunting tale of a commercial artist, his couture-conscious wife, and their struggle with modern materialism. The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.

Bad News Bears (PG-13)

Director: Richard Linklater. With Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear, Sammi Kane Kraft. (111 min.)

Sterritt *** Remake of the 1976 comedy about a burned-out ballplayer who finally grows up while coaching a seemingly hopeless kids' baseball team. Thornton is excellent as the coach, Kraft is just right as the estranged daughter he eventually bonds with, and the kids in the cast are uniformly fine. Look out for lots of foul language and sleaze-oriented gags, though.

Staff ** Sloppy, redundant, waste of talent.

Sex/Nudity: 7 instances. Violence: 9 scenes of schoolyard fighting. Profanity: 125 strong and mild expressions. Drugs: 16 with drinking/smoking.

Batman Begins (PG-13)
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