Thursday, April 4, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 123


Laughs, thrills will premiere on the silver screen

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

From a crime drama (High Crimes) to a racy road trip (Y Tu Mama Tambien), this weekend's releases are worth your time. In the
local area, the Angelika Film Center has yet another treat in store for film lovers.

Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Ashley Judd (left) and Jim Caviezel (right) star in the new drama High Crimes, which opens Friday.

High Crimes follows a successful lawyer, Claire (Ashley Judd), whose life collapses when her husband, Tom Kubik (Jim Caviezel),
is accused of committing a heinous crime while serving in the military.

This is the second collaboration between Judd and Morgan Freeman the two also put their minds together to solve the case in
Kiss the Girls.

The PG-13 thriller, which is based on the novel of the same title by Joseph Finder, is directed by Carl Franklin and also stars
Amanda Peet and Bruce Davison.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld's Big Trouble, which follows how a bomb in a suitcase alters the lives of a slew of people, is based on a
novel of the same title by Dave Barry, the newspaper humor columnist.

From the trailers, this film resembles another one of Sonnenfeld's films, Get Shorty. Sonnenfeld did well with Shorty, but keep in
mind that Elmore Leonard, the excellent pulp writer, penned Shorty.

The comedy, which is one of the films whose release date was delayed because of the Sept. 11 attacks, stars Tim Allen, Omar
Epps, Dennis Farina, Johnny Knoxville, Andy Richter and Stanley Tucci and is rated PG-13.

Another comedy, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, follows a college student's refusal to pay for his seventh year and his love for the
college lifestyle.

The R-rated comedy is directed by Walt Becker and stars Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kim Smith and Erik Estrada
the former ChiPs star has a cameo appearance.

Tu Mama is the first potential sleeper hit of the year.

The comedic drama follows two adolescents, Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna), and their road trip with an older
woman, Luisa (Maribel Verdú).

Director Alfonso Cuarón combines an array of film techniques and ideas in the film, which has topped the box-office record in Mexico
for a Mexican-made film.

The unrated film, which was written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos, is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The Angelika has begun its second installment of Sensational Cinema. It will feature 27 films, including limited-release specialized
films, cinematic masterpieces, cult classics and overlooked films. The second quarter of films begins this weekend with The
Operator and Chain Camera.

Operator is the debut of director Jon Dichter; he helms this psychological thriller about a Dallas attorney whose lavish lifestyle
changes after he viciously insults a telephone operator. The computer-savvy woman sets out to destroy everything he has by
incorporating a meticulous plan.

The film, which has not been rated, will run April 5-18 and stars Michael Laurence, Jacqueline Lim, Brion James and Stephen

The documentary Chain captures the lives of 10 high school students. Director Kirby Dick gave each of them a video camera to
document their lives. After a week, the cameras were given to 10 more students who then did the same.

The film, which was nominated at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival for the Grand Jury prize, has not been rated.

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