Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next Tuesday’s releases:
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN *** 1/2 (PG) Some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking. If you believe public education could use some reform, this detailed documentary offers some concrete suggestions. Yet, it also touches on a personal note. You’ll meet five students hoping for an educational opportunity only given to a select few. It’s powerful, important and, if we don’t get this right, our future generations could be in trouble. 102 minutes.
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER ** 1/2 (R) Some language. Woody Allen has settled into a formulaic mode of quirky character-driven dramedies — that are more drama than comedy. This is not one of his best and lacks some of the great insight he’s often offered. It’s less comedy and more irony. 98 minutes.
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Also being released:
KITES (Not rated) A passionate affair leads to danger and excitement for two young lovers with nothing to lose. 215 minutes.
SUMMER WARS (PG) Smoking, violence, profanity, adult situations. An adolescent math whiz unintentionally plunges the virtual world into chaos by solving a numerological riddle that makes the global network vulnerable to attack in this animated sci-fi adventure comedy. 114 minutes.
WHITE LION (PG) Mild violence, smoking. Destiny brings together a young lion and a young man in this drama. When a white lion cub is born near a Shangaan village, the other animals aren’t sure what to make of the creature. The young lion is rejected by its pride and must strike out on its own. A Shangaan tribesman follows the lion to make sure the animal is safe. 90 minutes.
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (Not rated) The curious life of controversial avant-garde author and Beat poet William S. Burroughs serves as the subject of this documentary. 77 minutes.
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