The following minireviews are written by Times Critics for movies showing this weekend at theaters in the Tampa Bay area. Consult Movie Times for theaters and showtimes.
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(PG-13) (100 min.) Unhappily married movie stars (John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones) smile for the cameras while a publicist (Julia Roberts) chaperones. Moderate profanity and sexually charged humor. Mild comical violence.
Jurassic Park III C+
(PG-13) (94 min.) More dinosaurs, more chases and less exciting than two previous trips to dinosaur stomping grounds. Sam Neill leads another expedition with William H. Macy and Tea Leoni in tow. Intense action and scary creatures; sci-fi violence.
The Road Home
(PG-13) (90 min.) Zhang Ziyi, the breakout star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, plays the mother of a man who returns to his birthplace village in China to bury his father. The story of the parents' romance is told in flashbacks in this lyrical, quietly exquisite film.
(PG-13) (109 min.) A prim musicologist (Janet McTeer) visits 1907 Appalachia, where she uncovers the roots of American music, a handsome banjo picker (Aidan Quinn) and a Lifetime network's worth of feminist issues. Sexual situations, profanity, domestic violence.
Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
(NR) (70 min.) Another assortment of grotesque cartoons guaranteed to offend somebody. Amputations, deviant sex, blasphemy and child abuse are just a few of the topics handled with a sledgehammer. Graphic sex, violence and profanity; cartoon nudity.