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Alaska -- A solid natural history documentary that explores the beauty and harsh realities of nature in an extreme environment. At the IMAX. (Randy Matin)





The Banger Sisters -- "Hippie-dippy" does not begin to insult this paean to groupie-dom as much as this unfortunately named fizzle of a comedy does to audiences. Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon are game as the mid-50s reprobates reminiscing over their long-past exploits, but the movie is sanctimonious and dull. (RP) Rated: R





Barbershop -- As a character study, this falls short. But as a peek inside the urban ghetto, it's a hip, goofy, slightly serious and rather sweet comedy that spins right along. Ice Cube plays the barbershop owner who might lose the place to a loan shark. (ES) Rated PG-13





The Four Feathers -- Film buffs have seen this before, but the newest remake, with Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson, is as thrilling as ever. British troops in the late 1800s are sent to the Sudan to prevent a native takeover. Dashing Harry (Ledger) quits the army and is labeled a coward, leading him to prove to himself that he's not. Amazing cinematography and battle sequences. (ES) Rated PG-13





Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie -- Okay, any cetacean researcher worth his sea salt is going to tell you that whales prefer krill and plankton over asparagus and carrots, but that's not stopping the folks who make Veggie Tales from using salad ingredients to tell the Biblical tale of Jonah. Starring Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. Rated: G





The Master of Disguise -- As high as Mike Myers climbs in choice sections of Goldmember, that's how low his Wayne's World partner Dana Carvey embarrassingly falls in this awful, misguided little movie. He plays an idiot of an Italian waiter whose family has for generations practiced secrets of do-gooding disguisery -- blah blah blah. He gets involved when his parents are kidnapped by villain Brent Spiner. There's a hilarious Jaws-related joke 50 minutes in. The rest is downhill, over bumps, and not funny. (ES) Rated: PG





My Big Fat Greek Wedding -- This Chicago-set, Second City-developed comedy is the slobbo American version of Four Weddings and a Funeral, getting no marks for subtlety but laughs from those of us who can laugh at the idea of an obnoxious ethnic family getting into the marital spirit -- funny Greeks in this case. (RP) RATED: PG





One Hour Photo -- The story of a lonely fellow (Robin Williams) who works as a photo tech at the mall, dreaming that he can be part of one local family is downright creepy. The creep factor is due partly to the family's dark little secrets, and largely to Williams' quiet, edgy performance. But the film gives away too much in the beginning and leaves too much open at the end. (ES) Rated R





Red Dragon -- Anthony Hopkins chews up the scenery (and everything else in sight) in this prequel to Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris's 1981 novel of the same name. FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) turns to Dr. Lecter (who he helped put behind bars) in order to catch a new nemesis, played by the creepily beguiling Ralph Fiennes. With Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel and Mary-Louise Parker. Directed by Brett Ratner. Rated: R





Signs -- The newest outing from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) focuses on what happens when crop signs -- the flattening of farm fields into huge, bizarre shapes -- start popping up all over the world. The focus is on a small, troubled family, headed by former reverend Mel Gibson. (ES) Rated: PG-13





Space Station -- The newest IMAX experience shoots its giant screen cameras up to the International Space Station to watch its assembly and visit with different crews during their long stays. It also generates amazing special effects, magnificently showing astronauts and cosmonauts out in the middle of spacewalks. (ES) Rated: G3





Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams -- The gadgets are every bit as entertaining as the casting in this sequel, which this time pits Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) against a pair of archrival spy kids (Emily Osment and Matt O'Leary). Steve Buscemi plays the mad scientist keeping them all on his island of genetic experiments. RATED: PG





Sweet Home Alabama -- Despite some terrific acting from Josh Lucas, as a nice redneck fella whose wife walked out on him years before, and competent acting from Reese Witherspoon, as the nasty wife who has since reinvented herself as a proper New Yorker, this story is just too flimsy. Most of the other actors (with the exception of an on-target despicable characterization from Candice Bergen) are flat. Some funny moments, but much too calculated. (ES) RATED: PG-13





The Tuxedo -- Jackie Chan's newest is a film that should have been made with another actor. Not because he's bad in it, but it's about a guy with no fighting skills who puts on a secret agent's "special" tuxedo, thus giving him fighting skills. So he becomes a guy who can't fight, who can suddenly, against his will, fight. The problem is that Chan can fight, and nothing here is believable. The other big problem: the good-looking but practically talentless Jennifer Love Hewitt is his partner. (ES) Rated PG-13





Ultimate X -- ESPN's wildly popular Summer X Games 2001 in Philadelphia come to life on the five-story IMAX screen. RATED: PG





XXX -- The testosterone level for this one is even higher than last year's car race actioner from director Rob Cohen and actor Vin Diesel. This time, the new hot-shot action team gives us a story of a trouble-making extreme sports athlete who's grabbed by our government to do some dirty work in Europe. (ES) RATED: PG-13





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