A Guy Thing -- The world could always use another cautionary tale about bachelor parties. This time it's Jason Lee as the groom-to-be, who has just woken up next to Julia Stiles (incidentally, not his intended). Rated: PG-13
The Hours -- The supposedly unfilmable novel by Michael Cunningham becomes a mesmerizing, almost intoxicating movie that tells the stories of one real and two fictional women -- Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) and Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) -- and how they're tied together over the decades by Woolf's book Mrs. Dalloway. All three are emotionally troubled, possibly due to the men in their lives. An elegant film, featuring one of Kidman's best performances. (ES) Rated PG-13
Kangaroo Jack -- Kangaroo Jack's brain weighs less than a hard-boiled egg, and yet he's still capable of stealing $100,000 from two hapless New Yorkers. The New Yorkers are a musician (Anthony Anderson) and his best friend (Jerry O'Connell), who have somehow gotten themselves in trouble with the mob and are now wandering around Australia looking for both the money and the klepto-marsupial. Rated: PG
National Security -- Steve Zahn (Happy, Texas) plays a down-on-his luck ex-LAPD officer who's reduced to working as a security guard. Even worse, his new partner (Martin Lawrence) is the same guy he was falsely accused of beating years ago during a routine traffic stop. The discovery of a smuggling ring brings the two rent-a-cops together. Rated: PG-13
Real Women Have Curves -- Thank goodness for director Patricia Cardoso, who not only makes a movie in which women celebrate their bodies -- love handles and all -- but who also makes it with a light touch. This story of a young Mexican-American teenage girl coming of age makes its point with simple, unpretentious moments of humor and insight. (Marty Demarest) Rated: PG-13. Showing Jan.19-24 at the Met.
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The world could always use another cautionary tale about bachelor parties. This time it's Jason Lee as the groom-to-be, who has just woken up next to Julia Stiles (incidentally, not his intended). Rated: PG-13