Greendale (unrated) Neil Young. Opens Friday, March 5, at the Tivoli. For more on the film, including an interview with director Neil Young, please see Roy Kasten's "Forever Young" on See/Be Seen. NR
Hidalgo (PG-13) Joe Johnston. At first glance, Joe Johnston (October Sky) seems to have made an old-fashioned, flat-footed adventure epic about a 3,000-mile horse race across a desert. But once you get a load of the setting (the Arabian Desert, circa 1890), the intrepid cowboy hero Frank T. Hopkins (Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen) and his fellow competitors -- a bunch of swarthy Arab paleoliths blithering on about the will of Allah -- you can't help seeing the whole thing as a clumsy endorsement of the war in Iraq. Like the Tom Cruise character in The Last Samurai, good old Frank redeems himself in the end and provides a healthy dose of American enlightenment to an entire foreign culture -- the kind of grandiose presumption much in evidence in both Washington and Baghdad these days. With poor Omar Sharif as a comic-book sheik and Louise Lombard as a decadent British aristocrat who tries (without success) to get into the hero's pants. The White House and the Pentagon will love it. Opens Friday, March 5, at multiple locations. (Bill Gallo)
Starsky & Hutch (PG-13) Todd Phillips. Opens Friday, March 5, at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.