JUST OUT: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Ghost World and Maze
TUESDAY: Hearts in Atlantis
FEB. 19: Don't Say a Word, Hardball and O
FEB. 26: Bones, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 13 Ghosts, The Musketeer and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
MARCH 5: Riding in Cars With Boys and The Last Castle
MARCH 12: Zoolander, Heist, Sexy Beast, Lia, The Wash and Joy Ride
MARCH 19: Training Day, Bandits, Focus and Donnie Darko
MARCH 26: K-Pax, Life as a House, Iron Monkey, Our Lady of the Assassins, Original Sin and Bread and Tulips
VIDEO REVIEWS Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN (**, R, 127 minutes) Nicolas Cage plays an Italian army officer who leads a small force in the occupation of a picturesque Greek island where the doctor's daughter (Penelope Cruz) blindsides him with love. She is engaged to a Greek partisan (Christian Bale) but likes this dreamy Italian. Meanwhile, the Germans turn up and make things dicey for everyone.
GHOST WORLD (****, R, 111 minutes) Thora Birch (American Beauty) stars as a high school grad stuck in an ironic mode: She sees through the phoniness surrounding her but lacks a game plan for change. Then she meets an odd bird - a 40ish, eccentric record collector (Steve Buscemi), who, she observes, is "the exact opposite of all the things I hate." The movie doesn't collapse into a formula love story but keeps its edge as these two problematic characters negotiate the mine fields of everyday life.
MAZE (***, R, 97 minutes) Rob Morrow plays a painter who has Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. His best friend (Craig Sheffer) is a doctor who volunteers to work in Burundi, not realizing that his girlfriend (Laura Linney) is pregnant. That leaves the artist to be the partner in natural childbirth classes, and of course the two are drawn together, in a story with a predictable structure but a sweetness and care that are touching.
ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (*** 1/2 , PG, 95 minutes) In 1914, a submarine expedition finds the lost continent and unleashes a titanic underwater battle. Michael J. Fox voices the hero, a young scientist whose grandfather's journal is their guide; James Garner is the tough expedition leader; Don Novello does Father Guido Sarducci's voice as an explosives expert; and Cree Summer is Princess Kida of the underwater land. No song-and-dance numbers with cute sidekicks; it's more in the action tradition of Japanese anime.
THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION (** 1/2 , PG-13, 103 minutes Woody Allen is an insurance investigator, and Helen Hunt is the hated office-efficiency expert. During an office party they're hypnotized by David Ogden Stiers, for nefarious reasons of his own, in a comedy with the look of a classic film noir.