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April Release Calendar

DVD Releases

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April 1
  • Far From Heaven Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) has it all -- a lovely home, two wonderful children, and a handsome husband (Dennis Quaid) who is successfully climbing the corporate ladder. But Cathy's idyllic existence is just an illusion, and as forbidden desires threaten to tear her world apart, she is faced with choices that spur gossip within the community and change several lives forever. An homage to the 1950s women's films, especially the melodramas of Douglas Sirk. One of the year's most honored films, the lush romantic drama was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Best Original Screenplay (Todd Haynes), Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman, ASC). It has also been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, was voted Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Quaid), and Best Cinematography by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association. Director: Todd Haynes. Stars: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Celia Weston. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Melodrama, Box office gross: $15.000 million, Universal, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 4 stars

  • Red Dragon Remake of Michael Mann's splendid 1986 "Manhunter," keying in more on the delightful Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) who played second fiddle in the original version. Here Edward Norton plays a retired FBI agent called back to action to consult wit h the incarcerated Lecter to solve a baffling serial killer case in which the murderer -- dubbed The Tooth Fairy by the press -- bites, maims and kills entire families. Its grisly, scary and wonderfully chilling. Director: Brett Ratner. Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $92.790 million, Universal, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Wild Thornberrys Movie, The Kid-savvy producers Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo bring "The Wild Thornberrys" to the big screen in a big, satisfying way. A magical blend of wit (a hallmark of the Klasky Csupo imprint) and a big-hearted view of the world and all its creatures makes the film more than a good bet for family audiences. In their first movie, the venerable Thornberrys take on important (sometimes disturbing) issues involving the evils of animal poaching that are nevertheless carefully tempered with humor and optimism to keep them manageable for young audiences. Nigel Thornberry (Tim Curry) and wife Marianne (Jodi Carlisle) produce a television nature show from the wilds of Africa, traveling around that continent with two daughters, the bratty teenager Debbie (Danielle Harris) and the younger, sweet-natured Eliza (Lacey Chabert). The family comes to the aid of endangered animals and generally takes up an array of other good causes. The hook, of course, is that young Eliza has a secret only the audience shares: She can converse with animals. One day, as Eliza plays with cheetah cubs, one is snatched by two poachers. Eliza believes she is to blame and vows to rescue the cub, no matter what it takes. From here the movie turns into her official rite of passage as she confronts not only the poachers but also a crucial decision involving her magical powers with the animals. The film's optimism and intelligence are heightened by its buoyant animation, an uplifting score by Drew Neumann and especially by Paul Simon's touching song "Father and Daughter." Director: Jeff McGrath, Cathy Malkasian. Voices of Lacey Chabert, Tom Kane, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Michael Balzary (aka Flea), Danielle Harris, Lynn Redgrave, Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei, Brenda Blethyn. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 88 min., Animated, Box office gross: $40.000 million, Paramount, $24.95 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Truth About Charlie, The An homage to and remake of Stanley Donen's 1963 "Charade" starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. In the original, Grant played a government agent who comes to the aid of Hepburn, who is being bullied by three baddies who think she knows the whereabouts of ill-gotten gains stolen by her dead husband. There was plenty of double-dealing and false identities (hence the title "Charade"). In this version, Thandie Newton admirably takes on the Hepburn role as the damsel in distress, and Mark Wahlberg is her knight in shining armor (he plays a modern Cary Grant, more streetwise than sophisticated but never-the-less appealing). The film, with Jonathan Demme embellishments, takes the story into the new millennium but still retains much of the excitement and intrigue of the original. "Charade" and "Charlie" will nake a great double bill in your home theater. Director: Jonathan Demme. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, Joong Hoon Park, Ted Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Christine Boisson, Stephen Dillane. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $5.293 million, Universal, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Secretary Demented, weird and offbeat are words to best describe this delight of a film about a young woman, Lee (Maggies Gyllenhaal), from a dysfunctional family, just released from a mental hospital, who gets a job as a legal secretary to sexually repressed Mr. Grey (James Spader). In short order Grey takes charge of Lee's sexual yearnings (she wants to be bossed around), resulting in Lee wearing a dog collar and engaging in S&M practices with her boss. But this is not a sleazy erotic offering. Instead, it's a wonderful exploration of who is the master and who is the slave in interpersonal relations, with Lee coming out on top in more ways than one. This could have been a dreary outing in most hands, but director Shainberg plays it like a comedy, with an amusing but ambiguous ending. Director: Steven Shainberg. Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Leslie Ann Warren, Jeremy Davies. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $4.046 million, Lions Gate, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Crime of Padre Amaro, The Father Amaro is a newly ordained priest sent to work in a small church community in Mexico by the Bishop. He arrives wide eyed and full of optimism hoping to serve God and his parish but quickly butts heads with the elder priest in charge, Father Benito. Benito is known to accept drug money from the local drug lord in order to subsidize the construction of a new hospital and, in addition, is carrying on an affair with a local woman. To complicate matters, father Amaro soon finds himself in a love affair with the young Sunday school teacher. After a newspaper report, linking the drug lords with the Church, is published, Father Amaro then tries to cover up and mend the public relations fiasco. Amaro has also been asked by the Bishop to rein in the renegade priest who has affiliations with guerrilla soldiers. Needless to say, moral dilemmas abound and Father Amaro's idealism is put to the test by personal, political and church pressures. Spanish with English subtitles. Director: Luis Carlos Carrera. Stars: Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Drama, Box office gross: $4.786 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Hysterical Blindness Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis tackle what it was to be single in the 80s in a new movie with a terrific 80s soundtrack. It's 1987 in Bayonne, New Jersey. The bars are full and smoky and Debby (Thurman) and Beth (Lewis) are out looking for a good time. Debby is searching for the kind of love they sing about in songs, the kind that lasts forever. What she can't see is that most guys are only looking for a love that lasts one night. From Mira Nair, director of "Monsoon Wedding" and "Mississippi Masala." Director: Mira Nair. Stars: Uma Thurman, Gena Rowlands, Juliette Lewis, Justin Chambers, Ben Gazzara. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 96 min., Drama, Warner, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Other Side of Heaven, The Real-life journey of 19-year-old John Groberg, who travels to the far-off island kingdom of Tonga in the 1950s to become a missionary. Through personal letters his challenging and extraordinary adventures with the Tongan islanders and their culture are shared with the love he left behind, Jean Sabin. Director: Mitch Davis. Stars: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 113 min., Family, Box office gross: $4.720 million, Disney, $19.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date.

April 8
  • For Da Love of Money What starts off like any other day in the hood, quickly turns into an unforgettable one for Dre Mitchell. When rumors circulate that Dre's just found a fortune in stolen cash, everyone wants a piece of the action: his insatiable girlfriend, his scheming cousin, his pal's sexy mother, the neighborhood pimp, even a sassy drag queen. There's no stopping any of them from lying, cheating and stealing their way to the big bucks. Director: Pierre Edwards. Stars: Pierre Edwards, Ralphie May, Reynaldo Rey, Christian Keiber, Sacha Kemp, Tanya Boyd. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $0.014 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Waking Up in Reno Comedy about two couples who embark on their dream vacation: A road trip to Reno for a monster truck show. Going in style in a brand-new SUV, they check into a two-bedroom suite and live it up, but soon discover that they're sharing more than just room service. Before the trip is over their relationships are sorely tested and it will take more than a monster truck bash to get the friends back on the right track. Director: Jordan Brady. Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $0.261 million, Miramax, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Paid in Full Urban thriller takes a look at the American Dream from the wrong side of the tracks. Friends Ace and Mitch get mixed up in the 1980s drug trade and a gangster lifestyle of power and violence. Director: Charles Stone II. Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Cam'ron. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Urban thriller, Box office gross: $3.042 million, Dimension, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

April 11
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry's own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it's a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione's magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K. Rowling's second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he's more than a wizard, he's a hero. Director: Chris Columbus. Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 161 min., Family adventure, Box office gross: $261.000 million, Warner, $24.98 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 4 stars

April 15
  • Spirited Away A wonderfully imaginative animated story by Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke." And, like those previous outings, "Spirited Away" is a heady mix of realism and fabulism, sure to please adults and youngsters alike. Here a 10-year-old girl and her family wander into what at first appears to be an abandoned theme park but turns out to be a spirit world. When her parents eat some food and are turned into pigs, it's up to Chihiro to rescue them by dealing with weird spirits and unearthly -- yet not scary -- situations. That includes a six-armed bathhouse furnace tender, adorable "soot balls," a witchy spirit world boss and a River God, among others. "Spirited Away" is the all-time boxoffice champ in Japan, surpassing "Titanic." Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Voices of Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 125 min., Animated, Box office gross: $7.400 million, Disney, $19.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3

  • Castle in the Sky By the creator of such extraordinary Japanese animated films as "My Neighbor Totoro " "Kiki's Delivery Service " "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." "Castle in the Sky" takes viewers on a fantastic voyage to a mythical retro-future full of amazing landscapes and wonderful flying machines. Pazu, a young boy, finds the beautiful girl Sheeta descending from the sky wearing a mysterious crystal, one that allows her to float in the air. Sheeta can't remember the crystal's secrets, but it becomes the target of a band of rabble-rousing sky pirates and their hilarious leader. Soon sinister agents are after them as well, along with a treacherous man named Muska. The chase leads them all to an astonishing castle in the sky, where a long slumbering civilization waits with incredible surprises. The DVD version, on two discs, includes the original Japanese language track, plus other goodies. Director: Hayao Miyazaki. English-language voices by James van der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Mandy Patinkin, Mark Hamill, Andy Dick. 1986, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 125 min., Animated, Disney, $19.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Drumline Upbeat kids film about a hot-shot drummer from Harlem who quickly learns that talent, passion, discipline and teamwork are required to cut it on the drumline of a College marching band. Nickelodeon's Nick Cannon stars as Devon Miles, a gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in a Southern university marching band. But when his hotshot attitude gets a lukewarm reception from the school's straight-laced band leader (Orlando Jones), Devon quickly discovers that it takes more than rim shots to make it on the drumline. There's plenty of synchronated steps (with a squad of bandmembers 300 strong) and a hot hip-hop soundtrack. Director: Charles Stone III. Stars: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, GQ, Jason Weaver, Earl C. Poitier, J. Anthony Brown. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Musical Drama, Box office gross: $55.489 million, Fox, $14.95 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Rabbit-Proof Fence Director Phillip Noyce has made a disturbing yet uplifting film that examines the plight of Australia's Aborigines during the 1930s when the government saw fit to wrench Aboriginal children from their families "for their own good" to be assimilated into white society -- typically as domestic servants. The film follows the lives of three such girls who chafe at the repression they encounter when sent to a mission to be trained to serve the upper class, and subsequently escape to the outback on a 1,500 mile journey home, hotly pursued by the authorities. The film gets its title from the enormous rabbit-proof fence built by the government (to stop a rabbit plague) that crossed the country and which the girls follow to get home. Political film that touches the emotions. Director: Phillip Noyce. Stars: Evelyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 94 min., Drama, Box office gross: $5.772 million, Miramax, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Evelyn Heart-felt and heartwarming true story of Dubliner Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), whose wife runs off one fine holiday season, leaving him alone with their three children -- beloved daughter Evelyn and two young sons. The year is 1953, and the Irish government social workers -- abetted by the Irish law that decreed that a father cannot raise children by himself -- come round and take the kids to orphanages. Enlisting the help of loyal friends (Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea) and a feisty American lawyer (Aidan Quinn), he takes his case to Ireland's Supreme Court and in a history-making quest topples the iron-clad law and wins back the custody of his children. This was a labor of love -- Brosnan made the film through his Irish DreamTime production company. Director: Bruce Beresford. Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Bates. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.368 million, MGM, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Henry IV Marcello Mastroianni delivers one of his finest performances in this powerful adaptation of the play by Luigi Pirandello. Tango legend Astor Piazzolla provides the musical score. Mastroianni stars as a modern aristocrat. After he falls off his horse, he believes himself to be Henry IV, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. For years, everyone around him adapts to this fantasy. They create a separate world -- a sort of unending Renaissance Fair where everyone dresses up and calls each other by names ripped from the history books. Then, one day, some old friends try to cure "Henry." In Italian with English subtitles. Director: Marco Bellocchio. Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale. 1984, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 95 min., Comedy, Accents Cinema, VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Transporter, The Fast-paced actioner set against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Mediterranean. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is the best at what he does: Transporting dangerous or illegal goods with no questions asked. But his latest shipment, a beautiful young woman kidnapped by international slave traders, brings deadly complications to his delivery plans: he breaks the rules and must kick into overdrive to fight to save his cargo, and his life. Whip-lashing car chases and edgy thrills. Director: Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen. Stars: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze, Francois Berleand, Ric Young. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 92 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $25.296 million, Fox, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

April 22
  • Ignition Federal Judge Faith Matheson (Lena Olin) is preparing to try the most explosive case of her career, involving corruption within some of the highest levels of the military. But the power of her final ruling could severely impact attempts of the U.S. army to launch the first rocket into space in over 30 years. Suddenly finding herself in grave danger, the Judge is assigned the protective services of Conor Gallagher (Bill Pullman), a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, decorated with the Congressional Medal of Honor. But the stakes are higher than either ever imagined and as they dig deeper and deeper, they are pulled into a dangerous web of conspiracy, treason and murder. Director: Yves Simoneau. Stars: Bill Pullman, Lena Olin, Colm Feore, Nicholas Lea, Peter Kent, Barbara Eve Harris, Hrothgar Mathews. 2001, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 96 min., Thriller, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Real Women Have Curves A $6 million boxoffice theatrical run followed awards and acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Should Ana leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18 year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. Right now, she may be making clothes for less shapely women. But Ana is about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life, and above all have curves. Director: Patricia Cardoso. Stars: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Comedy/Drama, Box office gross: $5.797 million, Warner, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Standing in the Shadow of Motown This is the untold story of the soul behind the soul: The Motown house band known as The Funk Brothers who backed some of the top singers and groups of the fabulous Motown years from 1959-1973. In '59, Motown founder Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company. For the next 14 years, these players were the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Baby Love," "Bernadette," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Dancing in the Streets" and many, many other Motown hits. Director: Paul Justman. Stars: The Funk Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Montell Jordan, Chaka Khan, Tom Scott. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 110 min., Music biodoc, Box office gross: $1.574 million, Artisan, $19.98 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars
  • Bloody Sunday Dramatization of the fateful day of January 30, 1972, when British soldiers shot and killed 13 unarmed citizens taking part in an anti-internment civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland. The event, which has come to be known as Bloody Sunday, was a major turning point in the history of modern Irish troubles, catapulting the conflict to a new level and driving many young men into the IRA and fueling a 25-year-cycle of violence. The film encapsulates the events from all perspectives of the "battlefield" in just one day, from the arrival of thousands of troops on the streets of the besieged city to the violent collision between soldiers and the crowds of civilian demonstrators. A powerful and, considering the end result, depressing filmic statement. Director: Paul Greengrass. Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Gerald McSorley, Kiera Clarke . 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.765 million, Paramount, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Darkness Falls In their never-ending-quest to come up with horror film scenarios, filmmakers seem willing to tap any and all benign characters to turn them into avenging bogeymen (remember the killer Santa Claus?). For this outing, the filmmakers have come up with a monstrous tooth fairy who wrecks havoc on the town of Darkness Falls. The film starts with a prologue of the woman -- a lighthouse keeper with a badly burned face -- unjustly accused of a heinous crime. In the ensuing 150 years since the miscarriage of justice, whenever local kids lose their last baby tooth, the evil spirit of the woman appears, scarring the kids forever. The movie quickly moves to the present, where Kyle, safely away from Darkness Falls, must return home to confront his troubled past (he was accused of murdering his mother when we all know it was the tooth fairy) to save his childhood sweetheart and her younger brother (on his was to losing his last baby tooth) from the monster. See your dentist instead. Director: Jonathan Liebesman. Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Sullivan Stapleton. 2003, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 85 min., Horror, Box office gross: $29.877 million, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Merci Pour Le Chocolat Delectable psychological thriller that is vintage Claude Chabrol, with intricate plots that wend their way in a playful yet suspenseful manner through the elegant homes of several well-heeled French-Swiss in Lausanne, Switzerland. Isabelle Huppert stars as Mika, the couture-attired, oh-so-perfect head of a company that manufactures Swiss chocolate; Jacques Dutronc is Andre, her suave concert pianist husband whose first wife died in a mysterious car accident. How is it that Andre's teenage son has no musical talent, while the visiting young Jeanne, a world-class pianist, bears a striking resemblance to Andre's former wife? And why does Mika insist that everyone sip the hot chocolate she prepares each evening? The master of the subtle French thriller strikes again. In French with English subtitles. Director: Claude Chabrol. Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 99 min., Suspense thriller, First Run Features, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

April 29
  • Two Weeks Notice Sexy comedy about an eccentric attorney and her client who discover it's never too late to arbitrate an "I love you." Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) -- a brilliant attorney with a strategic mind who's more interested in saving her Coney Island neighborhood than in earning a big paycheck -- is presented with the opportunity to do both when she accepts a position as chief counsel for real estate tycoon George Wade (Hugh Grant). However, the handsome, charming but totally self-absorbed Wade pushes Lucy to the limit by treating her more like a nanny than the Harvard Law School grad she is. When Lucy decides to quit, her two weeks notice makes them realize they have fallen in love. Director: Marc Lawrence. Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, David Haig, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns, Dorian Missick. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $95.000 million, Warner, $22.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Treasure Planet Animated futuristic take on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island has young Jim Hawkins, in possession of a secret map, join up with a cosmic space crew headed by daring Captain Amelia on a treasure hunt across the universe. Aboard the glittering solar galleon, Jim meets the ship's cyborg cook, John Silver, who teaches him the value of friendship and the power of dreams. Jim soon teams up with his crazy new robot pal B.E.N., and the shape-shifting Morph, to discover a treasure greater than he ever imagined. Director: John Musker and Ron Clements. Stars: Voices of Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Emma Thompson, Brian Murray, Martin Short. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 95 min., Family, Box office gross: $37.486 million, Disney, $24.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Lockdown Richard T. Jones stars as Avery, a talented young swimmer with a bright future and hopes for collegiate glory. But a night out with his buddies Cashmere and Dre turns into a shocking case of mistaken identity and the three friends are wrongly accused of murder. Now behind bars, Cashmere quickly falls under the wing of the prison's chief goods smuggler (Master P); Avery does his best to stay out of trouble per the guidance of his older, wiser cellmate; and Dre is confronted by both physical and psychological abuse. The three young men quickly learn that in prison there's a whole new set of rules -- it's all about survival. Director: John Luessenhop. Stars: Master P, Richard T. Jones, Gabriel Casseus, De'aundre Bonds, Clifton Powell. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Urban drama, Columbia TriStar, No VHS SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

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