The Hours (PG-13)
Director: Stephen Daldry. With Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris. (120 min.)
Michael Cunningham's novel about three women facing critical emotions (author Virginia Woolf, a 1949 housewife, and a liberated woman of today) is a powerful and acute adaptation. Hare's screenplay works well to conjoin the broad time swings of the book, while Daldry directs a sedate panaply of mood skits that flow like a teenage Felini's first campfire farce. Moore, Kidman and Streep are on top of their game, and the supporting cast is on top of whatever game game there is at the bottom.