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On the shleves soon
By Times Staff
Published July 28, 2005
THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
DIRECTOR: Mike Binder
CAST: Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt, Mike Binder
SYNOPSIS: A deserted, alcoholic housewife (Allen) resists a fresh start with her equally drunk neighbor (Costner), a former baseball pro. Her daughters (Witt, Christensen, Wood, Russell) have a tough time agreeing to her terms of endearment.
WHAT WE SAID: St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall gave the movie a B+. It is, he wrote, "a meandering family drama that Allen holds together with the laser focus of her performance. She isn't the only good thing about Mike Binder's film, but without Allen, nothing else would matter. . . . The film's best surprise is Costner's portrayal of Denny, the kind of work he can do when his ego doesn't get in the way. He never overplays the beer buzz, or seeks to shine Denny's emotional armor. It's his best performance in a decade, one that should silence his career snipers - like me - for a while."
MPAA RATING: R; profanity, sexual situations, brief drug abuse, brief fantasy violence
RUNNING TIME: 118 min.
XXX: STATE OF THE UNION
DIRECTOR: Lee Tamahori
CAST: Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson, Xzibit, Peter Strauss
SYNOPSIS: An intrepid secret agent (Ice Cube, replacing Vin Diesel) tracks a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.
WHAT WE SAID: Times reviewer Marty Clear gave the movie a D. "You really have to be in love with shaky cameras, frantic editing and extreme closeups of Ice Cube's face to lose yourself in this messy conglomeration of recycled stunts," he wrote. "Ice Cube's performance has a certain amount of appeal - you gotta love such a chubby superhero - and Jackson has a line or two that recall his astounding performance in Pulp Fiction. Rapper Xzibit is raw but suitably intense as the leader of a gang of chop-shop thugs. But if you care about anything other than action and volume, you're likely to find this sequel stultifying."
MPAA RATING: PG-13; intense action violence and some language
RUNNING TIME: 101 min.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Byrd
CAST: Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Kellita Smith, Loretta Devine, Nicole Ari Parker, Leila Arcieri, Regina Hall, Charles Murphy, Brooke D'Orsay, Donald Faison
SYNOPSIS: A businessman (Anderson) fakes his own kidnapping to protect his fortune from a divorce settlement.
WHAT WE SAID: The Times did not review this film.
MPAA RATING: PG-13; crude and sexual humor and language
RUNNING TIME: 90 min.
DIRECTOR: Katsuhiro Otomo
CAST: Voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, Patrick Stewart
SYNOPSIS: Japanese anime set in the 19th century, when the invention of steam power enables a young inventor to save the world from a dastardly villain.
WHAT WE SAID: The Times did not review this movie.
MPAA RATING: PG-13; action violence
RUNNING TIME: 106 min.
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