BIG FISH (Tim Burton) - See review. 125 min. NNNN (JH) Opens Dec 5 at Paramount.
HONEY (Bille Woodruff) stars Jessica Alba as a music videographer who has to deal with sexual pressure from her mentor. 102 min. Opens Dec 5 at 401 & Morningside, 5 Drive-In Oakville, Canada Square, Carlton, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Elgin Mills, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Paramount, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Newmarket, SilverCity Richmond Hill, SilverCity Yorkdale, Winston Churchill.
THE LAST SAMURAI (Ed Zwick) - See review. 144 min. NNNN (JH) Opens Dec 5 at 401 & Morningside, 5 Drive-In Oakville, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Elgin Mills, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Paramount, Queensway, Rainbow Fairview, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Newmarket, SilverCity North York, SilverCity Richmond Hill, SilverCity Yorkdale, Silvercity Yonge, Varsity.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, EXTENDED EDITION (Peter Jackson) is a rare theatrical screening of the long DVD version of The Fellowship. The principal beneficiaries of this version are Sean Bean's Boromir, whose ambivalent relationship with Aragorn is explored, and Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, since Jackson restores the gift-giving scene at Lothlorien. Often, though, the expansion of the film is a question of a shot here or a line of dialogue there, improving the rhythm of the film. Howard Shore actually revised his Oscar-winning score to integrate the new additions into the film. 209 min. NNNNN (JH) Opens Dec 5 at Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Paramount, Queensway, SilverCity Richmond Hill, Varsity, Winston Churchill.
THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM (Ann Marie Fleming) takes Fleming in search of her forgotten star of a great-grandfather. Long Tack Sam opened for the Marx Brothers, adapted Chinese magic and acrobatics for vaudeville audiences and prompted a filmed testimonial from Orson Welles. It's fascinating history, but it lacks Fleming's trademark flashes of dark, brilliant wit. Made for the National Film Board of Canada, it's a weirdly ordinary homage. The most perverse thing she does in the whole movie is dye her hair blond for a trip to China. 90 min. NN (CB) Opens Dec 5 at Fox, Music Hall and Paradise. See Rep Cinema listings, page 111.
ONE FROM THE HEART (Francis Ford Coppola) is the director's ill-fated and extremely expensive follow-up to Apocalypse Now, a leaden "musical romantic comedy" with Teri Garr, who at least can dance, and Frederic Forrest as a dissatisfied couple living in a completely constructed replica of downtown Las Vegas, with Raul Julia and Nastassja Kinski as the flies in the ointment of their relationship. This so-called restoration looks a lot like the original film, and while we've now seen so many artificial and digital universes that One From The Heart no longer looks quite as odd as it did in 1982, it still doesn't look all that good. Coppola doesn't have much insight into people - the most humane moments in The Godfather come straight from Puzo's novel - and his sensibility is too heavy for romantic comedy. 100 min. NN ( JH) Opens Dec 5 at Carlton