"Evergreen." Plodding, amateurish tale about down-and-out woman (Cara Seymour) and teenage daughter (Addie Land) who come to Pacific Northwest factory town for a new start; unhappy with life at her impoverished grandmother's (Lynn Cohen) house and with her mother's new Native American boyfriend (Gary Farmer), the teenager gets involved with a rich boy (Noah Fleiss) from school and goes to his house, but his parents (Bruce Davison, Mary Kay Place) have troubles, too. Fairly explicit teen sex scenes (with condom use); drinking; profanity; racial slurs; emotional breakdown. Not for middle schoolers.
"Cellular." Flawed, illogical R-ish thriller still thrills with surprising action; Kim Basinger as woman abducted violently from her home, threatened with death for her and her son (Adam Taylor Gordon); she hot-wires a smashed phone and randomly reaches a callow guy (Chris Evans) on his cell; he races to save her; William H. Macy as cop, Jason Statham as bad guy both shine. Kidnapping of child; bloody gunplay; child witnesses a strangulation; character bleeds to death; head-banging fights; car chases; crass sexual jokes, barnyard profanity; menacing sexual innuendo. Not for middle schoolers.
"Paparazzi." Slick, amoral vengeance flick with R-ish violence and seamy tone tells of rising Hollywood star (Cole Hauser) who gets lethally even with tabloid photographers who dog him and his family after he slugs one of them; Tom Sizemore, Daniel Baldwin as tabloid creeps, Dennis Farina as cop; cameos by Mel Gibson, Chris Rock. Shootings, beatings, man falls to his death; frightening car crash with injured child; sexually tinged assault against wife; sounds of sex video with nongraphic visuals; profanity; drinking, smoking. Not for middle schoolers.
"Vanity Fair." Reese Witherspoon takes fine, if unnuanced turn as Becky Sharp, social-climbing protagonist in richly atmospheric, though episodic, rendering of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel; she elopes with the son (James Purefoy) of her aristocratic employer (Bob Hoskins) and, when they're disinherited, becomes notorious for her quest after wealth, status. Understated marital sexual situation; brief, sexually charged skirmish between Becky and older man (Gabriel Byrne); battlefield strewn with dead soldiers, scavenged by dogs, humans; subtle racial slurs. Literary teenagers into period drama.
"Resident Evil: Apocalypse." Violent, barely coherent sequel to 2002 film (also R-rated -- both based on popular video game) about evil corporation whose underground lab accidentally-on-purpose leaks virus that turns city above into zombie zone, which they plan to nuke; Milla Jovovich as elite soldier who fought zombies but was captured and genetically enhanced, now with super-human powers she leads a last-ditch defense. Gross flesh-eating zombies; gargoylish monsters; severed arm; corpse covered with maggots; suicide jump; deafening gunplay; knives, fight; strong profanity.
"Bright Young Things." Gorgeous, urbane, rather theatrical saga based on Evelyn Waugh's novel, "Vile Bodies," in which young English aristocrats party till they drop, while tabloid gossips spy on them in late 1930s London; all filtered through eyes of young writer Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore) as he chases after his high-born love (Emily Mortimer) and the Drunken Major (Jim Broadbent) who owes him money. Cocaine use; subtly implied sexual liaisons, promiscuity; drinking, smoking. Literary-minded high schoolers.