Sun, 06 Mar 2005

Still Playing February 27, 2005

Hotel Rwanda (Drama/War, 121 minutes) Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Desmond Dube. Directed by Terry George.

Engrossing drama based on the true story of a man who gave shelter to thousands of Tutsis during the horrifying ethnic cleansing by Hutu militias in 1994. *** (out of ****)

Elvis Has Left the Building (Comedy/Romance, 80 minutes) Starring Kim Basinger, John Corbett, Sean Astin, Denise Richards. Directed by Joel Zwick.

A bored, traveling lipstick saleswoman finds herself a key player in an attempt to wipe out Elvis impersonators. Delightful. ***

Seoul Raiders (Action) Starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Shu Qi, Richie Ren, Meme Tian. Directed by Jingle Ma Chor-Sing.

Hong Kong's James Bond is back, this time to retrieve a set of counterfeiting plates from a bunch of baddies. Silly, with annoying characters.*1/2

Finding Neverland (Drama, 106 minutes) Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman. Written by David Magee. Directed by Marc Forster.

Brilliant, moving true-life story of J.M. Barry, the creator of Peter Pan. Told in an old-fashioned manner, but nevertheless moving and inspiring. ***1/2

Birth (Drama/Mystery, 100 minutes) Starring Nicole Kidman, Cameron Bright, Danny Huston, Lauren Bacall, Anne Heche. Directed by Jonathan Glazer.

Deliberately paced, beautifully filmed story of a woman who is convinced that a 10-year-old boy is the reincarnation of her dead husband. Well acted and atmospheric.***