for May 02
  • Iron Man

    Robert Downey, Jr. as the Marvel Comics superhero
  • Made of Honor

    Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) in the reverse of the always-a-bridesmaid romantic comedy.
  • 1 .THE GOLDEN COMPASS:

    Want to know what all the controversy was about stemming from this epic fantasy on a parallel world where bears talk, people’s souls are on the outside in the form of animals, and Nicole Kidman is oh-so-wicked? Based on the children’s books by Philip Pullman, the stories are said to insidiously promote atheism in their target audience. Watch the movie … and you too may say, “I don’t think so.” No more so than Lord of the Rings or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I have no trouble recommending this family film. Rated PG.

  • 2. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY:

    A superb Oscar-nominated foreign film based-on-fact story of a French magazine editor felled by a stroke at age 43. Completely paralyzed, except for the ability to blink his left eye, but with his intellect intact, he is able to communicate to the extent that he writes a memoir about life inside his damaged body. Directed beautifully by Julian Schnable. Rated 14A.

  • 3. 27 DRESSES:

    Kathryn Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) is excellent in what was billed as a light, romantic comedy, but which has far more substance than that. Her character is the typical always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride woman, but the film says far more about that than one might expect … and it has a nice little twist at the end. James Marsden co-stars. Rated PG.

  • Rick´s Pick: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly:

    French with English subtitles, Johnny Depp was originally supposed to play the lead, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out.

THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962):
Still with the inspirational theme, this outstanding Oscar-winner starred Anne Bancroft as teacher Annie Sullivan, and 16 year-old Patti Duke as seven-year-old Helen Keller. A beautiful movie!
  • Harold and Kumar Escape from Guatanamo Bay

    Perhaps the most offensive movie I have ever seen. Makes Borat look like a real documentary
  • Deception

    Very uneven thriller that suffers from a disjointed, wandering story
  • Baby Mama

    Excellent film from Tina Fey and Amy Pohler about surrogate childbirth. Hard not to love this one!