6 and Older
"Treasure Planet" (PG). Dazzling Disney animated re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" set in outer space, but in universe that looks like 18th-century England, where troubled teen Jim (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and ditzy scientist Doppler (David Hyde Pierce) acquire treasure map, hire space galleon to follow it, but ship's cook John Silver (Brian Murray) plots to steal treasure; Martin Short droll as robot. Scary exploding supernova; understated deaths; skeleton; windy alien speaks Flatulent language; flashback about Jim's father abandoning the family.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (PG). Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return for second, scarier year at Hogwarts -- kids now better actors, adult British stars terrific again; Harry faces mysterious threats in mightily entertaining film of J.K. Rowling's second book, marred by a pokey mid-section and too many monsters. Tots may cower at giant spiders, serpent, petrified cat, ghosts, harrowing trip in flying car; Ron spitting up slugs.
"Die Another Day." Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry ooze class in 40th anniversary James Bond film, a somewhat somber installment, low on humor, high on realpolitik and endless vehicular chases, with Judi Dench, John Cleese still fun as Bond's boss and gadget guru, respectively, in British intelligence. Steamy but non-explicit, sexual situations; scantily clad women; much sexual innuendo; shootings, fights, swordplay, battlefield mayhem. May be a bit tired to teens.
"Empire." John Leguizamo narrates and stars as drug dealer in 1990's South Bronx who parlays his bucks into investment deal with slick Wall Streeter (Peter Sarsgaard) in writer/director Franc. Reyes' derivative but smart high-energy fable of American Dream curdled by greed and riven by race and class. Graphic gun violence; accidental shooting of a child; sexual situations; toplessness; marijuana; strong profanity. 16 and older.
"Equilibrium." Gripping, starkly handsome futuristic tale juiced with high-action martial arts, neatly imagined by writer/director Kurt Wimmer; with Christian Bale as a government trooper called a Cleric in fictional Libria, where emotion is punishable by death and folks are medicated into numbness; when he accidentally skips a dose of "Prozium," he starts to feel emotion, falls for a captured rebel (Emily Watson) and sees the light. Bloodless choreographed gunplay, fights; implied incineration of rebels; dogs shot off-camera. 16 and older.
"Analyze That." Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal as mobster and shrink in so-so sequel to 1999 comedy hit, "Analyze This" (also an R) re-team with director Harold Ramis for moments of drollery but still just re-hashing the old premise, this time with the wily mobster released from prison into the doctor's nervous custody. Gunplay, fisticuffs -- little blood; strong profanity; sexual language, innuendo; exotic dancers; it's implied mobster flashes mourners while in his bathrobe. 16 and older.