Thursday, August 24, 2000
Starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Director Julie Taymor's extraordinary and provocative rendering of Shakespeare's bloodiest play transcends period to make it a timeless piece about the boundless reach of human violence. Hopkins, as Titus, leads a first-rate cast. R.
The Cider House Rules
Starring Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron and Delroy Lindo. By far the finest film of a John Irving novel. Maguire is superb as a young orphan learning the rules and also finding out when and why they don't apply. PG-13.
Starring Forest Whitaker and John Tormey. Whitaker stars as a silent, solitary assassin schooled in the Japanese warrior arts -- and working in a gritty cityscape for a low-ranking mobster. A winning mix of reverence and irreverence. R.
Starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart. Roberts as a former Lawrence resident Erin Brockovich, a blue-collar babe who uses her Wonderbra as a slingshot to fell a utility company that has contaminated ground water. It's an excellent performance in a movie that tries so strenuously to be both social satire and socially conscious that it gives viewers whiplash. R.