Director: Justin Lin. With Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan. (104 min.)
When his addiction to street racing lands him in trouble with the authorities, Sean (Black) must move to Japan or go to jail. In Tokyo he falls in with some yakuza gangsters whose hobby is drift racing, characterized by fast cornering and controlled slides. To lose his gaijin (outsider) status – and win the girl – Sean must beat the Drift King in a deadly race. Fans of the series will find lots to like in the almost nonstop racing action of this third installment. Let's hope they heed the don't-try-this-at-home warning at the end of the film. Grade: C+
– M.K. Terrell
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes of innuendo or implied sex. Violence: 9 scenes. Profanity: 11 strong expressions, 9 milder. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 12 scenes of smoking and/or drinking.
Director: Kevin Bacon. With Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick. (84 min.)
In this dismal drama directed by Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick plays Emily, a single mother who is fiercely overprotective of her young son (Dominic Scott Kay). We're supposed to see her as a screwed-up free spirit, but she seems a great deal more deranged than that. Bacon lavishes his camera on her in various states of dress and undress, but the script, by Hannah Shakespeare – talk about having to live up to a name! – is a cheat. It rarely expands on the boy's crises in having to deal with such a mother. Grade: D
– Peter Rainer