THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (PG-13, 128 minutes)
Teen audiences (and many kids 10 to 12) will find this slick, pun-filled James Bond adventure full of glamorous thrills and laughs. There is, per the Bond formula, much verbal sexual innuendo, most of it quite droll and -- one hopes -- likely to go over the heads of kids under 12. There are women in skimpy outfits and Bond-style bedroom scenes -- glib, romantic, understated. Bigger action sequences, like a boat chase on London's River Thames, look unsettlingly as if they would endanger bystanders -- not what you'd expect in a Bond film. Other violence ranges from helicopters slicing through buildings with giant chain saws to fistfights and bloodless gunplay.
In Pierce Brosnan's third outing as a cool 007, he stops a mad terrorist (Robert Carlyle) bent on (a) destroying a Euro-Asian oil pipeline and (b) causing a nuclear meltdown near Istanbul. The strong cast (Dame Judi Dench, Sophie Marceau, John Cleese) has only one weak link -- Denise Richards as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones, so vacuous she's unconvincing even when silent.
FELICIA'S JOURNEY (PG-13, 114 minutes, at Cineplex Odeon Janus)
This disturbing story of a frighteningly naive girl caught in the web of a disturbed man could transfix thoughtful teens. The mild PG-13 rating aside, "Felicia's Journey" is not great for kids under high school age, as it deals with serial murder -- by inference, no violence shown -- out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion and suicide (not teen suicide). Based on a novel by William Trevor and beautifully directed by Atom Egoyan, the film follows pregnant Felicia (Elaine Cassidy) from Ireland to England in search of her boyfriend. Bob Hoskins, in a tightly wound, wrenching performance, plays a factory catering manager who offers to help, but this mother-obsessed bachelor has dark secrets.
SLEEPY HOLLOW (R, 105 minutes)
This gorgeous-looking, darkly comic retelling of Washington Irving's classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" may be just a little too weird for most high school horror buffs, but could delight the nonconformists among them. In director Tim Burton's take, the famous headless horseman lops the tops off his victims with swiftness and accuracy, and thanks to special-effects wizardry, we see it clearly each time. In addition to violence, blood and spookiness, the R rating reflects a semi-explicit sexual situation.
Johnny Depp's portrayal of Irving's hero, Ichabod Crane, is decidedly eccentric. His Crane is a fussbudget with a weak stomach for gore. As the daughter of the town's richest man, Christina Ricci enchants him with her bravery and magic potions.
Okay for Most Kids 5, 6 and Up
"Pokemon the First Movie" (G). Kid Pokemon trainer Ash and his cuddly Pikachu confront cloned monster, Mewtwo, in bland animated feature based on TV show, computer game, etc. Characters have big fistfight before learning fighting's bad; littlest may worry when Ash or Pikachu are in danger. Short about Pokemon vacation precedes feature.
"Anywhere But Here." Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman as freespirited mom, sad teen daughter in crackling dramedy about kids accepting parents, parents letting go. Profanity; sexual innuendo; mild teen sexual situation; smoking; theme of loss.
"The Bachelor." Chris O'Donnell as bachelor who risks losing huge inheritance if Renee Zellweger as his true love won't accept his bumbling proposal, in amusing but painfully retro comedy alleging men's need for freedom, women's for marriage+money. Mild profanity; smoking.
"Princess Mononoke." Ravishing animated epic from Japan about ancient struggles between human tribes and forest spirits; dubbed into bland American English. Not for kids under 10-to-12, what with warrior's arms, heads lopped off; monsters, writhing snakes (phobics' note); mild sexual innuendo.
"The Legend of 1900." Charming, emotional, dreamlike fable about jazz piano genius who's born, lives and dies aboard ocean liner in first half of 1900's, ever afraid to set foot on land. Strong language; smoking; drinking. Teens.
"Train of Life." Whimsical fantasy about Jewish villagers who cleverly escape Nazis by faking their own deportation. Sexual situations, nudity; occasional profanity. French with subtitles. High-schoolers familiar with WWII, Holocaust.
"The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc." Turgid, confused re-telling of Joan of Arc legend mixes authentic-seeming battles with surreal visions, cacophony of accents, star Milla Jovovich's bad acting. Bloody violence; vicious rape, murder; profanity. Older high-schoolers.
"The Insider." Al Pacino in smart, acidic, fact-based tale as former "60 Minutes" producer who got interview with tobacco industry whistle blower only to have nervous CBS kill it. Strong profanity; scary death threats, harassment; drinking. High-schoolers.