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February Release Calendar

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February 4
  • Sweet Home Alabama Surprise romantic comedy hit starring Reese Witherspoon as Melanie, an ex-small-town Alabama girl who's left her husband and moved to New York to start a new life, sans Southern accent, as a fashion designer. All goes well for her -- she's remade herself to such an extent that she's due to marry the town's bachelor catch -- the mayor's son (Patrick Dempsey). But there's one hitch -- she never divorced her high school sweetheart Jake (Josh Lucas). So Melanie treks back home to straighten things out and face the "hicks" that made her leave Alabama in the first place ("I need a passport to come down here," she moans at one point). It's the Yankee snob versus the Southern rednecks, and guess who wins out. That's a rhetorical question, cause the history of film comedies is littered with the predictability of the outcome of high-brow vs. low-brow battles. Witherspoon is a comedy gem, and carries the movie, which works over every pat joke known to the genre. Director: Andy Tennant. Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place, Fred Ward, Jean Smart, Ethan Embry. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $127.0 million, Touchstone, $22.99 SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Igby Goes Down Surrounded by a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother and a shark-like young Republican brother, Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin) is alienated from his family and his class. Seventeen-year-old Igby is a rebel with a cause -- to break free from his pill-popping mother (Susan Sarandon), his schizophrenic dad (Bill Pullman) and his fascist brother (Ryan Phillippe). But what does Igby want? He's been kicked out of every prep school on the East Coast and has skipped out on his stint at a military academy to hide out in New York in an artist loft owned by his godfather (Jeff Goldblum). There he stays with his godfather's dancer mistress (Amanda Peet) and enters into an affair with her friend Sookie (Claire Danes), a sexually promiscuous Bennington student. It's a quirky, kicky kind of film that spotlights disillusioned youth, but here with a social conscience, not violence. It's been called "The Graduate" meets "Five Easy Pieces" ala "The Catcher in the Rye." A fine, "small," film. Director: Burr Steers. Stars: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $4.559 million, MGM, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • ESPN's Ultimate X Showcasing eye-popping extreme action events including skateboarding, BMX biking, Moto X and street luge competitions, this action-packed documentary delivers the explosive stunts and incredible real-life sports achievements from the X Games. The film also rocks with a killer soundtrack while radical athletes like Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Dave Mirra, Ryan Nyquist and Travis Pastrana perform some of the most jaw-dropping, gravity-defying tricks in the world. Director: Bruce Hendricks. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 47 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $4.197 million, Buena Vista, $22.99 SRP. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Little Secrets Emily Lindstrom (Evan Rachel Woods), a gifted 14-year-old violinist, skips summer camp in order to prepare for an audition with the prestigious San Francisco Youth Orchestra. Emily has also set up a side business as a "secret keeper," charging a 50 cent fee to share and keep the neighborhood children's secrets. She soon discovers, however, that there is a price to keeping secrets that can't be measured in coins. Director: Blair Treu. Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Angarano, David Gallagher, Vivaca A. Fox. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 95 min., Family, Box office gross: $0.405 million, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Formula 51 (The 51st State) Originally released as "The 51st State", this nasty urban actioner stars Samuel L. Jackson as Elmo McElroy, a streetwise American master chemist and the genius behind a designer "wonder" drug worth a cool $20 million. After ceremoniously blowing up his lab (and bosses) in L.A., he heads for Liverpool, England, in search of a buyer. But in between dodging an assassin's bullets and trying to stay one step ahead of the law, Elmo finds an unlikely partner in a rabid small-time gangster (Robert Carlyle). The two get involved in a tangled web of deceit and violence. Directed by Hong Kong action director Ronny Yu. Director: Ronny Yu. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Meat Loaf. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $5.140 million, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Hansel & Gretel A boring, inane and production value-less take on the fairy tale. The acting is horrible, the sets look like they were made with tin foil and cardboard, and the reworked story line -- juxtaposing modern and period contrivances -- seems like it was put together on the fly. Hansel & Gretel are tossed into the Magic Forest by their wicked stepmother and they bump into the Sandman (played for fey by Howie Mandel), who helps guide them past a bumbling Boogeyman and a couch potato Troll to outwit the Wicked Witch. Atrocious. Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe. Stars: Alana Austin, Delta Burke, Dakota Fanning, Howie Mandel, Gerald McRaney, Taylor Momsen, Lynn Redgrave, Daniel Roebuck, Jacob Smith, and the voices of Tom Arnold, Bobcat Goldthwait and Sinbad. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, min., Family, Box office gross: $0.100 million, Warner, $9.95 SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 1 stars

February 11
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams How do you top "Spy Kids," the original sleeper family hit of 2001? By making "Spy Kids 2" bigger, noisier, and, yes, better. Returning for another go-round in America's "Ozzie & Harriet" of spydom is the entire cast of the original, under the watchful eye of director-screenwriter-designer-editor-cinematographer-producer-visual effects supervisor and composer Robert Rodriguez. This time around the spy kids Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) have joined the family business, but mom and dad's (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino) role in the spy agency has been reduced by political maneuvering. So when an evil villain on a mysterious island gets his hands on the transmooker device (which can shut down all electricity on Earth), a pair of rival spy kids gets sent on the mission. Always up for a fight, Carmen and Juni head out to the island, where they encounter weird creatures, nasty villains, and their rivals, and have to be rescued by their entire family, including mom, dad, uncle Machjete (Danny Trejo) and even Grandpa (Ricardo Montalban) and Grandma (Holland Taylor). Oh, there's fun for everyone here -- and gadgets, thrills and spills galore. Director: Robert Rodriguez. Stars: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi, Mike Judge, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Matt O'Leary, Emily Osment, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 100 min., Family action, Box office gross: $83.042 million, Miramax, $22.99 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding Sleeper hit that has taken America by storm, this pleasant comedy takes an old conceit -- mismatched matrimonial partners and their worrisome parents -- and transfers it to the Greek enclave of modern Chicago. Nia Vardalos (who also wrote the play the film is based on) plays 30-year-old Toula who, in her own words, is "past my expiration date" for marriage to a nice Greek boy. She's a bit of an ugly duckling, but decides to change things: better clothes, makeup, hair, contacts, and a computer class to better her life. And, sure enough, she meets an eligible man -- not the Greek hero her family had hoped for but a WASP schoolteacher (John Corbett). The set-up is clear: romantic interludes away from the family settings, sneaking around, an engagement the families are not all that thrilled about, leading, finally, to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Enjoy. Director: Joel Zwick. Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 95 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $250.0 million, HBO, $22.98 VHS SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars
  • Brown Sugar Charming romance with a hip-hop beat. Dre (Taye Diggs), a hip A&R executive at a New York record label, and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan), a music magazine editor, have known each other since they were kids and discovered hip-hop on a New York street corner. Now Dre is on his way to marrying materialistic Reese (Nicole Ari) even though it's clear to all his friends that he doesn't really LOVE her. Meanwhile, Sidney has a boyfriend who worships her, but her heart is not in it. As both struggle with their jobs -- Dre starts his own label with financial assistance from Sidney -- the pair have more and more reasons to get back to that street corner 15 years earlier. Director: Rick Famuyiwa. Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Queen Latifah. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $24.592 million, Fox, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • 8 Women Some of France's finest actresses team up in this ensemble Agatha Christie-style murder-comedy. When the master is found with a knife in his back, the eight women in his life come together to solve the crime: wife Catherine Deneuve; her sexually frustrated sister Isabelle Huppert; his lesbian sister Fanny Ardant; his maid and lover Emmanuelle Beart; the wheelchair bound grandmother Danielle Darrieux; family friend Firmine Richard; and daughters Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier. Director: Francois Ozon. Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine Sagnier, Firmine Richard. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.951 million, Universal, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Possession Based on A.S. Byatt's 1990 novel of the same name, and filmed on location in the U.K., this romantic mystery tracks a pair of literary scholars who unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets -- only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Maud Bailey, a brilliant English academic given to doing things by the book, is researching the life and work of poet Christabel La Motte. Roland Michell is an upstart American scholar in London on a fellowship to study the great Randolph Henry Ash, now best-known for a collection of rapturous, late-life poems dedicated to his wife. When Maud and Roland discover a cache of love letters that appear to be from Ash to La Motte, they follow a trail of clues across England to the Continent, echoing the journey of the impassioned couple over a century earlier. The film bounces back and forth over the centuries to follow each couple's trajectory. Interesting outing. Director: Neal LaBute. Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle, Lena Headley. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Drama, Box office gross: $10.103 million, Universal, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Full Frontal Hollywood insider movie takes place during the course of one day in Tinseltown, tracing the complicated relationships among seven friends as a birthday party turns into a strange event where friendships are tested, hearts broken and love renewed. Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Julia Roberts, David Duchovny, Micky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Blair Underwood. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.506 million, Miramax, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Fast Runner, The One of the most acclaimed films of the 2002, an extraordinary, triumphant experience. Set amongst the Inuit people of the arctic, the film is a passionate story exploring the universal themes of love, revenge and survival. When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of the clan's leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep. Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people. In Inuktitut with English subtitles. Director: Zacharias Kunuk. Stars: Natar Ungalaad, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 161 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.773 million, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Wasabi A hilarious high-impact adventure starring Jean reno as a burly French cop traveling to Japan to settle an old debt. With his old-school tactics and pit-bull disposition, police detective Hubert Fiorentini (Reno) is all business. But his routine existence is disrupted when he learns the only woman he ever loved is dead. Summoned to Tokyo to settle her estate, he soon suspects her death was no accident. When he discovers that he is the father of her spirited teenaged daughter, things really get complicated. In French with English subtitles. Director: Gerard Krawczyk. Stars: Jean Reno, Ryoko Hirosue, Michel Muller. 2001, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 94 min., Comedy Thriller, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date.

  • Women vs. Men Telefilm adeptly directed by Chazz Palminteri. The marriages of Dana (Christine Lahti) and Michael (Joe Mantegna), and Brita (Glenn Headley) and Bruce (Paul Reiser) suddenly enter a meltdown after Dana catches Michael and Bruce enjoying a lap dance at a seedy strip club. Now, with the women, aided by a lusty, newly divorced neighbor (Jennifer Coolidge) and the men, abetted by a horny, recently separated friend (Robert Pastorelli), the stage is set for a wild, high-stakes showdown in the battle of the sexes. Telefilm. Director: Chazz Palminteri. Stars: Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, Glenn Headley, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Coolidge, Robert Pastorelli. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 88 min., Comedy, MGM, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Swept Away Director-screenwriter Guy Ritchie attempted a contemporary adaptation of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 romantic comedy "Swept Away," starring his wife Madonna and Adriano Giannini. That attempt washed out. The story of love, sex and too much money -- all set against the backdrop of a spectacular Mediterranean Island paradise -- foundered on the rocks of dullness and weak acting. The film delves into the unpredictable lives of Amber (Madonna), a rich, spoiled socialite, and Giuseppe (Giannini), a handsome Italian fisherman, who find themselves stranded on a deserted island where matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless. And in their struggle to survive and coexist in their paradise found, they soon discover that their dramatic difference are suddenly the source of a fierce and passionate animal attraction. Where he starts out as a scruffy deckhand and the object of her contempt, once marooned, however, he becomes the master and she his "slave." By the way, Giannini is the son of Giancarlo Giannini, the star of the original. Director: Guy Ritchie. Stars: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth Banks, David Thornton. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.598 million, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

February 18
  • One Hour Photo Robin Williams delivers an eerie performance in this creepy thriller. Sy "the photo guy" Parrish (Williams) is a loner, hiding from the world in his one-hour photo kiosk. Without a life of his won, he turns to his customers to fill his void. For years he has lovingly and painstakingly developed photographs for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually convinces himself he's part of their family ... and tries to insinuate himself into their lives. When "Uncle Sy's" picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next is evil and frightening. Director: Mark Romanek. Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, Eriq La Salle. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $28.780 million, Fox, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • All or Nothing Compassionate drama about a working mom struggling to keep her wayward daughter, her lazy son and disillusioned partner on the right path. When tragedy befalls the extended family, support comes from the most unexpected places, bringing surprising results. A typically dark and dreary outing from Leigh. Director: Mike Leigh. Stars: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Alison Garland, James Corden. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 125 min., Drama, Box office gross: $0.112 million, MGM, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • City by the Sea When a respected New York homicide detective (Robert De Niro) discovers the prime suspect in a murder case is his estranged son (James Franco), he is forced to return home to the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island to confront the darkness of his past. During the course of the investigation, he realizes that his failures as a father -- and his unresolved anguish about the painful estrangement -- have deeply influenced his son's life, and he must put his own life on the line in order to do right by both his family and his profession. Average outing for all concerned. Director: Michael Caton-Jones. Stars: Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, William Forsythe, George Dzundza, Patti LuPone. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $22.433 million, Warner, $22.98 SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Stealing Harvard John (Jason Lee) leads a simple and happy life. He has a beautiful fiancee and an assistant manger position at his future father-in-law's company. Everything seems perfect, until John's favorite niece surprises him with her acceptance to Harvard University and he's reminded of a long forgotten oath he made to foot the bill! Desperate, John turns to his hare-brained and half-witted best friend Duff (Tom Green) for advice. Thinking far outside of the box, Duff convinces John that they must temporarily lead a life of crime to raise the needed cash. Passable comedy. Director: Bruce McCulloch. Stars: Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Megan Mullally, Dennis Farina. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 82 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $13.973 million, Columbia TriStar, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Four Feathers, The Disappointing actioner set in Africa during the height of British imperialism in the late 19th century. Harry Feversham (Heath Ledger) is called to active duty in the British army against the forces of the Mahdi, a Muslim religious leader in Sudan. Reluctant to leave his fiancee Ethne (Kate Hudson), and never having been a soldier at heart, Harry resigns his commission. Now, confronted by three of his friends and a disappointed Ethne, Harry is bestowed with four feathers -- a sign of his cowardice. In an attempt to regain some dignity, Harry embarks on a solo reconnaissance journey to Sudan, where he dons a beard and disguises himself as an Arab. Harry investigates the enemy's plans and discovers that they are set for a sneak attack on his old regiment, and sends a message to his friends via friendly Arab Abou Fatma (Djimon Hounsou) who is not welcomed by the soldiers. Harry's message is ignored and an epic battle seals the fate of his friends. Now it's up to Harry -- with the aid of Abou -- to rescue the last of his comrades. Director: Shekhar Kapur. Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Dijmon Hounsou, Michael Sheen. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Action, Box office gross: $18.295 million, Paramount, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) A love story of sorts -- about food and relationships -- revolving around Martha, the perfectionist head chef for a chic restaurant in a small, charming city in Hamburg. Martha relies on her culinary skills as her primary means of communication -- she lives for work and presides with obsessive care over her spotless, precise kitchen. When a car accident kills Martha's sister, she is thrust into unwanted motherhood -- she has to now care for her 8-year-old headstrong niece, and her life begins to become undone ... particularly since young Lina won't eat Martha's cooking. The owner of the restaurant decides to bring in help and hires a charming and carefree Italian chef, and the two cooks are immediately at odds. Yet as time goes by, with her whole world turned upside down and her personal space more crowded than she could ever have imagined, Martha finds love and the beginnings of a recipe for a new life -- it doesn't hurt, of course, that Italian cook Mario finally gets Lina to eat. As in cooking, life can be a bit sloppy. In German with English subtitles. Director: Sandra Nettelbeck. Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxine Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, Sibylle Canonnica, Ulrich Thomsen. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.787 million, Paramount, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Rules of Attraction, The Group of college students explore sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, courtesy of the 1987 Brett Easton Ellis ("American Psycho") novel. Plenty of unpleasantness, nasty sex, spoiled kids and rotten relationships. Director: Roger Avary. Stars: James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Soosamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kate Bosworth, Fred Savage, Eric Stoltz. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Drama, Box office gross: $6.525 million, Lions Gate, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

February 25
  • Knockaround Guys Ho-hum action vehicle about a group of mob bosses' sons who lose a bag of cash in a remote town in the Midwest and have to battle the town's bad guys and crooked cops in order to save themselves from the wrath of their fathers. Director: Brian Koppelman, David Levien. Stars: Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper, Seth Green, Andrew Davoli, John Malkovitch, Dennis Hopper. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Action, Box office gross: $11.632 million, New Line, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Road to Perdition Two fathers: Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a hit man for the Irish mob in Depression-era Chicago; and Mr. John Rooney (Paul Newman), Sullivan's boss and the man who raised him as a son. Two sons: Michael Sullivan, Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) and Connor Rooney (Daniel Craig), each desperate to earn his father's favor. Jealousy and competition put them all on a collision course, ultimately bringing Sullivan's work into his private life and leading to the death of his wife and youngest son. Now Michael Sullivan and his surviving son are set on a journey instigated by tragedy and fueled by revenge. Director: Sam Mendes. Stars: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Drama, Box office gross: $104.054 million, DreamWorks, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

  • Tuxedo, The Light action-comedy showcasing the talents of Jackie Chan. Here he plays a mild-mannered cabbie hired to chauffeur around a wealthy industrialist who moonlights as a spy for the U.S. The gimmick here is that the spy has certain powers -- martial arts wizardry, dancing and sexual prowess -- that are granted him by a magic tuxedo. When he's temporarily put out of action by an assassination attempt, guess who puts on the tuxedo and inadvertently becomes super powerful -- Jackie, of course! Now Jackie teams up with another espionage agent, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, to battle a supervillain bent on cornering the world market in drinking water. Plenty of lapses in logic and story but fun for younger (much younger) fans of Chan. Director: Kevin Donovan. Stars: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, Debi Mazar, Peter Stomare, James Brown. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 99 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $49.741 million, DreamWorks, No SRP, Priced for rental. DVD: Day & Date. 2 stars

  • Tuck Everlasting In this delightful family film, Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), a teenage girl on the cusp of maturity, longs for a life outside the control of her domineering mother (Amy Irving). When lost in the woods near her home, she happens upon Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), a boy unlike any she's ever met before. He and his family (William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Scott Bairstow) are kind and generous, and they immediately take her in as one of their own. However, the Tucks hold a powerful secret, and with the mysterious Man in the Yellow Suit (Ben Kingsley) tracking them down, they fear that the world as they know it could end. Ultimately, Winnie must decide whether to return to her life or stay with her beloved Jesse and his family forever. Natalie Babbit's book "Tuck Everlasting" was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1975 and it has been a best-seller on the American Library Association's Notable Book list for 25 years. Director: Jay Russell. Stars: Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Jonathan Jackson, Alexis Bledel, Scott Bairstow. 2002, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 88 min., Family, Box office gross: $18.914 million, Disney, $22.99 SRP. DVD: Day & Date. 3 stars

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