At the Movies


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New Jersey International Film Festival is presented by

the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, New Brunswick.

Screenings are Fridays through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College

Avenue Campus (near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street).

Thursday screenings are in Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College

Campus (near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street). All programs

begin at 7 p.m.; $5 non-members. Information 732-932-8482; Website:

Brazil, Back by popular demand, the restored director’s

cut of Terry Gilliam’s 1984 visually-dazzling futuristic fantasy,

Thursday, June 22. The Emperor and the Assassin, director Chen

Kaige’s ("Farewell, My Concubine") newest film, an epic about

political intrigue in third century B.C. China, Friday and Saturday,

June 23 and 24. Coming To Light, Anne Makepeace’s story of turn-of-the-century

photographer Edward S. Curtis and his singleminded project to document

traditional Native American life (2000), Sunday, June 25.

Kadosh, Israeli director Amos Gitai’s controversial film

about the plight of two sisters living under Orthodox Judaism (1999),

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 7, 8, and 9. The Discreet Charm

of the Bourgeoisie , the 1972 classic by Luis Bunuel, a dark surrealist

comedy that is among the most celebrated films ever made, Thursday,

July 13.

A Moment of Innocence, from Iran, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s

memory film about a teenager’s part in the uprising against the Shah’s

regime (1999), Friday, July 14. Los Olvidados, Luis Bunel’s

classic film about a gang of poor Mexico City slum youths (replaces

previously announced "La Vida es Silbar"), Saturday, July

15. The Brig, a must-see icon of the 1960s avant garde, Jonas

Mekas filmed this play about a Marine Corps prison on the stage of

the Living Theater, Thursday, July 20.

Sweep and Gendernauts, two prize-winning independents.

In `Sweep,’ Mark Street tells the story of father and daughter in

Brooklyn. `Gendernauts’ is Monika Treut’s cutting-edge documentary

about the transgendered, Friday, July 21. Dating, Delinquency,

and Diversity , a program of bizarre and funny "educational"

short films made for American schools in the years following World

War II. Program curator Ken Smith, author of the book "Mental

Hygiene: Classroom Films 1947-1961," will introduce the screening,

Saturday, July 22. The Velvet Underground & Nico, Andy Warhol’s

1966 documentary featuring Lou Reed, John Cale, and the late Nico,

Thursday, July 27.

One Night, Veena Sud’s prize-winning short film about

a night in the life of a present-day apartment dweller. On a double

bill with The Week That Girl Died, a witty 1998 independent

by Sean Travis, Friday, July 28.

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Big Momma’s House. Martin Lawrence plays an FBI agent

disguised as a grandmother protecting a woman from an escaped convict.

AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Bossa Nova. Brazilian dance and music setting, stars Amy

Irving. Marketfair.

Boys and Girls. Arch-rivals since childhood, two college

students, Freddie Prize Jr. and Claire Forlani, succumb to romance.

AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Chicken Run. Mel Gibson is among the celeb voices in this

colorful animated tale about a bunch of English chickens who try to

fly the coop. AMC, Destinta, Marketfair.

Dinosaur. The larger-than-life animation from the Disney

studios. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Marketfair, Montgomery,


Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts plays a real-life crusader

bent on revealing both her cleavage and the polluting sins of a California

power company. Marketfair.

Fantasia 2000. Sixty years later, Disney studios continues

its experiment in sight and sound with new technology. New vignettes

accompany music of Beethoven, Respighi, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich,

and Gershwin. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Frequency. Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star in a film

fantasy. AMC, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Gladiator. Russell Crowe stars in this Roman epic adventure

from DreamWorks. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Montgomery, Regal.

Gone in 60 Seconds. Car chases and one-liners abound in

this story of a reformed car thief (Nicholas Cage) who’s back in action

on a grand scale. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

High Fidelity. John Cusack plays the owner of a retro

record store whose business is failing, and whose life stinks. MarketFair.

Keeping the Faith. Edward Norton directs and stars in

this romantic triangle comedy with Ben Stiller and Jen Elfman. Mercer.

Me, Myself, and Irene. Jim Carrey stars in this Farrelly

Brothers film ("There’s Something About Mary") about one man,

two personalities, and the woman they both want. The National Alliance

of Mental Illness is protesting the film for perpetuating the myth

that schizophrenia is a "split personality" disorder, and

misrepresenting the mentally ill. AMC, Destinta, Regal.

Mission Impossible 2. The TV action series spinoff sequel

directed by John Woo. AMC, Destinta, Garden, Loews, Montgomery,


Road Trip. An `Animal House’ inspired film by Todd Phillips,

winner of a 1998 Sundance award for `Frat House.’ AMC, Loews,


Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson plays the righteous nephew of

the iconic 1971 private eye. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Marketfair,

Montgomery, Regal.

Shanghai Noon. Comic Western stars Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson,

and Lucy Liu (of TV’s `Ally McBeal’). AMC, Destinta, Loews, Marketfair,


Small Time Crooks. Woody Allen wrote, directed, and stars

in a comedy about an ex-bank robber who wants to retire with his wife

(Tracy Ullman) to Florida. AMC, Mercer, Montgomery, Regal.

Titan A.E. A tatooed teenage hero has to save humanity

in this animated adventure set in the year 3043. AMC, Destinta,

Loews, Marketfair, Montgomery, Regal.

Up at the Villa. Philip Haas (`Angels and Insects’) directs

Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, and Anne Bancroft in a classy 1930s

thriller based on a story by Somerset Maugham. Marketfair.

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AMC Hamilton 24 Theaters, I-295 Exit 65A, 609-890-8307.

24-screen, stadium-seating multiplex. $7 adults; $5 matinees; $5 twilight.

Destinta, Independence Plaza, 2465 South Broad Street,

Hamilton, 609-888-4500. Stadium-seating 12-screen. $6.75; $5 matinees.

Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, 609-683-7595. $6.50

adults; $4 matinees.

Loews Theaters, Route 1 South, New Brunswick, 732-846-9200.

Stadium-seating multiplex. $8.50 adults; $5.25 matinees.

MarketFair-UA, Route 1 South, 609-520-8700. $7.50

adults; $4.75 matinees.

Mercer Mall General Cinemas, Route 1, 609-452-2868.

$7.25 adults; $4.75 matinees.

Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518,

Rocky Hill, 609-924-7444. $7 adults; $4.25 matinees.

Regal Cinemas Town Center Plaza, 319 Route 130 North,

East Windsor, 609-371-8473. Stadium-seating, 15 screens. $8 adults;

$5 matinees.

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