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Film Festivals

NJ Film Fest

New Jersey Film Festival is presented by the Rutgers Film

Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. 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; with selected free events at Borders

Books, Route 18 South, East Brunswick. Films are $5, $8, & $10; all

programs begin at 7 p.m. Call 732-932-8482.

Rosetta, Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

won this year’s Golden Palm at Cannes for their film about an


young woman desperate to find work and dignity. $5, Friday to Sunday,

February 25 to 27. Red Hollywood, a documentary on the McCarthy

era witch hunts against Hollywood by Thom Anderson and Noel Burch.

1996. $5, Thursday, March 2.

Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s legendary

1966, 3-1/2 hour marathon, in dual screen projection, about the pop

master’s counterculture entourage living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel.

With guest introduction by Paul Morrissey. $10, Friday, March 3.


Old Song , Alain Resnais (`Last Year at Marienbad’) made this 1999

offbeat musical, "On Connait La Chanson." Subtitles. $5,


and Sunday, March 4 and 5.

Japanese New Wave

Japanese New Wave Cinema, a 10-week series of classic

and rare films, presented by Princeton University’s East Asian Studies

Program, screens Mondays at 7 p.m. in the James Stewart Film Theater,

185 Nassau Street. Free. 609-258-5722.

Street of Shame, Kenji Mizoguchi’s last film of 1956,

set in a Tokyo brothel, that is a striking condemnation of the women’s

exploitation and is credited with bringing about the abolition of

prostitution in Japan in 1957, Monday, February 28. Gate of

Flesh ,

Suzuki Seijun’s campy 1964 film about a gang of sex workers, Monday,

March 6.

Second Chance Cinema

Second Chance Cinema, presented by Princeton Adult School.

Weekly screenings of 13 films, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., at Kresge

Auditorium, Princeton University. $55 series; $5 single admission.


Lolita, Adrian Lyne’s 1998 remake of the Nabokov novel,

with Jeremy Irons, Frank Langella and Melanie Griffith, Wednesday,

February 23. Affliction, a meditation about midlife regrets,

rages and limitations, with Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek and James Coburn,

directed by Paul Schrader, Wednesday, March 1.

A Simple Plan, Sam Raimi’s 1998 film of two brothers who

find $4 million in a plane wreck, and become caught in a web of greed

paranoia, betrayal, and murder, with Bill Paxton and Billy Bob


Wednesday, March 8.

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American Beauty. Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey in Sam

Mendes’ dark drama about two dysfunctional suburban families. The

movie leads the pack with eight Oscar nominations, including best

actor, best actress, and best director. Loews, Mercer.

Angela’s Ashes. Frank McCourt’s bestselling


about the hardships of a Catholic childhood in the slums of Ireland,

brought to the screen by Alan Parker. AMC, Mercer,



The Beach. The plot is not much, but with director Danny

Boyle’s lush cinematography and a cast of beauties led by Leonardo

DiCaprio, it’s a treat for the eyes, if not for the brain. AMC,

Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Being John Malkovich. John Cusack plays a puppeteer who

accidentally enters Malkovich’s mind in this Spike Jonze original

fantasy, nominated for three Academy Awards, including best director.


Boiler Room. Ben Affleck is a hot young stock trader at

a firm where the cost of success is high. Written and directed by

Ben Younger. AMC, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Boys Don’t Cry. Hilary Swank’s portrayal of gender-bending

Brandon Teena won her the Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for

best actress. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. MarketFair,


The Cider House Rules. Michael Caine stars in a rendition

of John Irving’s 1985 best-seller. Nominated for seven Oscars,


best picture and Lasse Hallstrom for best director. AMC, Regal.

Down to You. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles star

in a Generation-Y romance. AMC, Regal.

The End of the Affair. Ralph Fiennes and Oscar nominee

Julianne Moore play an adulterous couple during World War II.



Eye of the Beholder. Intelligence officer Ewan McGregor

finds himself obsessed with master criminal Ashley Judd. AMC,

Destinta, Loews, MarketFair.

Galaxy Quest. Tim Allen plays a has-been sci-fi TV show

star recruited by aliens to save their planet. AMC, Destinta,

East Windsor, Loews, MarketFair.

Girl, Interrupted. Winona Ryder and Golden Globe winner

Angelina Jolie star in the real-life story of Susanna Kaysen’s


to a mental hospital. Loews.

The Green Mile. Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks star

in a screen version of Stephen King’s prison story about an innocent

man with miraculous powers. AMC, Destinta, Loews,


Hanging Up. Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow and Diane Keaton as

middle-aged sisters dealing with the approaching death of their father

in Delia Ephron’s semi-autobiographical film. AMC, Destinta,


Montgomery, Regal.

Holy Smoke. When Kate Winslet leaves home for something

exotic and different, her horrified mother sends Harvey Keitel to

show her the error of her ways. Jane Campion (`The Piano’) co-writes

and directs. AMC.

The Hurricane. Denzel Washington won a Golden Globe and

an Oscar nomination for his heroic performance based on the life of

the New Jersey boxer framed for a triple murder. AMC, Destinta,

Loews, Mercer, Regal.

The Insider. Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, and Christopher

Plummer in a thriller based on the real story of a research officer

at tobacco giant Brown & Williamson. The film’s seven Oscar


including best picture, Crowe for best actor, and Michael Mann for

best director, have brought it back to theaters. AMC, Regal.

Magnolia. A desperate day on a San Fernando Valley street

brings together an assortment of intriguing characters. From


Paul Thomas Anderson (`Boogie Nights’), stars Tom Cruise. AMC.

Next Friday. Ice Cube returns in the sequel to 1995’s

`Friday.’ Cube plays a fish out of water, as his family moves from

the ghetto to the suburbs. AMC.

Pitch Black. If light is the only thing that keeps


away, watch out for this solar eclipse. AMC, Destinta, Loews,

MarketFair, Regal.

Rear Window. The newly restored version of Alfred


elegantly constructed thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.


Scream 3. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney

Cox-Arquette return. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

The Sixth Sense. Re-release of the 1999 hit with Bruce

Willis as a psychologist aiding Haley Joel Osment, a boy who


with the dead. Six Academy Award nominations, including best picture,

and writing and directing for M. Night Shyamalan. AMC, Mercer,


Snow Day. Chevy Chase and Chris Elliott star in


Films’ frosty family comedy. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer,



Snow Falling On Cedars. The bestselling novel of the


brought to the screen, starring Ethan Hawke and Youki Kudoh. East

Windsor, MarketFair.

Stuart Little. State-of-the-art moviemaking brings E.B.

White’s beloved mouse to the big screen. AMC, Destinta, Loews,

MarketFair, Regal.

Sweet and Lowdown. Woody Allen wrote and directs a funny

fake biography of a stellar ’30s jazz guitarist with a less than


private life. Sean Penn got an Oscar nomination as the guitarist,

but New Jersey musicians Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli provide

much of the jazz. MarketFair.

The Talented Mr. Ripley. Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow

star in this thriller based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. AMC,

Loews, Mercer.

The Tigger Movie. Winnie the Pooh and company with voices

by Jim Cummings and John Hurt. AMC, Destinta, Loews,


Montgomery, Regal.

Titus. A film adaptation of Shakespeare’s `Titus


stars Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, directed by Julie Taymor

of `Lion King’ fame. Garden.

Topsy-Turvy. Mike Leigh directs a humorous look at the

Victorian world of Gilbert and Sullivan, and their peerless command

of light opera. AMC, Garden, Mercer, Montgomery, Regal.

Toy Story 2. An animated feature film with the voices

of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. AMC, MarketFair.

The Whole Nine Yards. Bruce Willis stars in this comedy

as an ex-hitman on the straight and narrow, with Matthew Perry as

his uptight neighbor. AMC, Destinta, Loews, MarketFair,


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AMC Hamilton 24 Theaters, 325 Sloan Avenue, I-295 Exit

65A, 609-890-8307. 24-screen multiplex. $7 adults; $5 matinees; $5


Destinta, Independence Plaza, 2465 South Broad Street,

Hamilton, 609-888-4500. Stadium-seating 12 screens. $6.75 adults;

$5 matinees.

East Windsor Cinemas, Routes 130 and 571, 609-443-9295.

$3 adults; $2.50 matinees.

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

adults; $4 matinees.

Loews Theaters, Route 1 South, New Brunswick,


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

MarketFair-UA, Routeth, 609-520-8700. $7.50; $4.75


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

$7.25 adults; $4.75 matinees.

Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518,

609-924-7444. $7 adults; $4.25 matinees.

Regal Cinemas Town Center, 319 Route 130 North, East

Windsor, 609-371-8470. Stadium-seating, 15 screens. $8 adults; $5


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