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American Wedding -- In the third and final (what? No more band camp?) installment, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) need to get married. Fast. And not for the usual reason so much as the fact that Jim's granny is sick and she's eager to see him happily married. The guys reunite for both the wedding and one final night of boozy debauchery. Rated: R





* Bad Boys II -- From the director of Pearl Harbor, a different kind of sneak attack on cinema: a butchered body part-, butt- and necrophilia-obsessed, over-the-top comedy. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence each do their thing, but they can barely keep up with all the Maxim-style T & amp;A, not to mention the flying viscera. Rated: R (RP)





* Bruce Almighty -- Let's see: if, like journalist Bruce (Jim Carrey), you complain about the works of God (Morgan Freeman), he'll appear to you and give you his power. This allows you to enlarge the breasts of your girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) and eliminate your commute. Didn't anyone see Spiderman? With great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, all it comes with in this film are lame jokes and ceaseless mugging from Carrey. Rated: PG-13 (MD)





Coral Reef Adventure -- Think of it as a way to explore all 1,300 miles of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but without the danger of those pesky shark attacks. With a strong conservation message throughout, viewers get the sense of swimming along with some of the world's top self-described "fish nerds" in search of new species. Not rated





**** Finding Nemo -- The Disney folks once again team up with the geniuses at Pixar for a funny, sad, frightening, wondrous animated story of Marlin, a single father clown fish trying his best to raise his son Nemo (it's a Disney film, so of course Mom was killed). But Nemo is caught in a collector's net and ends up in an aquarium, with dad and a ditzy blue tang in pursuit. Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres provide terrific voices and back-and-forth banter. (ES) Rated G





*** Freaky Friday -- Fans of the original 1976 film (Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris) or the 1995 TV remake (Shelley Long, Gaby Hoffman) will be surprised at how fresh it still is this time around. Jamie Lee Curtis -- in one of her best roles -- and Lindsay Lohan (The Parent Trap) are the bickering Mom and daughter who wake up to find they've switched bodies. So Mom has to go to school, and young Anna checks in at Mom's therapy practice. Funny situations, some slapstick and a message about parents and kids understanding each other. Sweet and a little wild. (ES) Rated PG





*** Freddy vs. Jason -- You see the problem here, don't you? Neither of these guys ever actually dies. Much like their respective franchises. This film begins on Elm Street and ends up, of course, at Camp Crystal Lake. In between fighting each other, the boys find time to kill off a few libidinous teens and meddlesome adults. Rated: R





Grind -- Four skater guys stalk skateboard pro Colin McKay (as himself) and pull awesome stunts in the hopes of making the big time and attracting the attention of a major corporate sponsor. In case you have trouble telling the guys apart, the film's Web site has helpfully identified them as "Dustin, the goal-oriented workaholic," "Eric, the focused one," "Sweet Lou, the Laid-Back Ladies Man" and "Matt, the Misfit Slacker." And, of course, there is also "Jamie, the Sexy Skater Chick." Rated: PG-13





IMAX Film Festival -- This year's festival covers 10 days and offers five remarkable films, including Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, Pulse: The Movie, Bugs, Adrenaline Rush, and Our Country. Dates and times vary; call the Riverfront Park IMAX at 625-6600 or visit www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com/film_festival.asp





Johnny English -- Who better than Rowan "Mr. Bean" Atkinson to play a bumbling, quasi-incompetent agent in Her Majesty's Secret Service? John Malkovich plays his French jewel-thief nemesis, Pascal Sauvage. Rated: PG





Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life -- Angelina Jolie returns in all her pouty-lipped badditude, and this time the tomb she's raiding is called the Cradle of Life. Although the Cradle of Life contains that famous little item of Greek mythology known as Pandora's Box, Lara (who obviously must have been skipping her humanities classes) invades tombs from Kenya to Hong Kong. Rated: PG-13





The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- And how much more extraordinary can you get than such legendary literary figures as Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and Captain Nemo? Based on the popular graphic novel series, League is set in Victorian England, where someone is plotting world domination. Rated: PG-13





** Legally Blonde II -- Everything would be wrong about this movie if Reese Witherspoon wasn't returning as spunky Elle Woods. Her performance is still a delight, but the plot, in which Elle goes to Capitol Hill and takes on Congress, doesn't provide enough material for Witherspoon, or Bob Newhart and Jennifer Coolidge. Rated: PG-13 (MD)





*** Lewis & amp; Clark -- The IMAX folks have packed a lot into this vivid account of the two adventurers' travels across the American wilderness. Narrator Jeff Bridges does pretty much all the speaking, while actors play out the scenes. And those scenes are played out in breathtakingly beautiful settings, spellbinding on the giant screen. (ES) Unrated





*** Open Range -- Robert Duvall stars and Kevin Costner directs and costars in this old-fashioned, bare-bones Western about free-grazers (cattlemen) who stop by the wrong town looking for supplies. Bad men run the place, and don't want any freeloading free-grazers around. Tempers flare, things go wrong, a big gunfight looms (and my-oh-my, it's a dandy!), and romance could blossom when one cowboy locks eyes with doctor's assistant Annette Bening. (ES) Rated: R





*** Pirates of the Caribbean -- Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush vie for the scenery-chewing award in this rousing, adventurous, comical and slightly scary tale of the ghostly ship, the Black Pearl, with its crew of very strange mates. Captain and pillaging crew are searching for a piece of gold that will lift a curse. Depp is the inept hero pirate, Orlando Bloom is the hero blacksmith, Rush is the villain, Keira Knightley is the sassy lass. (ES) Rated PG-13





*** Seabiscuit -- A horse is not a horse, of course, of course. Seabiscuit was a washed-up loser when he was discovered by trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) in the mid-1930s. When "Team Seabiscuit" came together - Smith, owner Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges) and jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) -- a national folk hero came into being. Gary Ross's (Pleasantville) film looks at these characters, points out their many foibles, intertwines their lives and adds a grand dose of excitement. (ES) Rated: PG-13





Spy Kids 3D: Game Over -- Everyone returns, including Floop (Alan Cumming) in a cameo, as one of the young agents (Carmen) gets caught in a virtual reality game, presided over by an evil Sylvester Stallone. Get out your 3-D glasses. Rated: PG





**** S.W.A.T. -- S.W.A.T. talks the talk, and S.W.A.T. walks the walk. What should have been a stultifying, unnecessary TV-show remake has wit and grace to spare -- if you're into the wit and grace of an intelligently crafted action picture, that is. Directed by Clark Johnson. (RP) Rated: PG-13





*** Terminator 3 -- The machines do indeed rise near the end of the second sequel to The Terminator. But unlike the attack of the clones near the end of you-know-what, this film works well, with plentiful supplies of action and entertainment. Big Arnold is back, again protecting John Connor (Nick Stahl), along with unwilling accomplice Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), this time from the new and improved killer cybernetic organism, the T-X (supermodel Kristanna Loken). An insane car chase is accompanied by deadly mayhem, visual gags, and lots of Arnold one-liners. (ES) Rated R





** Top Speed -- Plenty of dizzying excitement is in store in the new IMAX film that focuses on a trio of athletes and one car designer who want to go faster and faster, and then go even faster. The large-screen format is terrific when these folks are zipping along the track or riding through wide-open spaces. But the gist of the film -- why attaining top speed is so important to them -- is never adequately discussed. (ES) Unrated





Uptown Girls -- Work sucks, especially when you're a pampered socialite with a non-existent trust fund and no marketable skills. Brittany Murphy plays the aforementioned socialite, who takes a job as a nanny to dour little Ray (Dakota Fanning). Brittany soon learns there is more to life than prancing around in cute little outfits, and Ray learns to loosen up and trust the occasional grown-up. Rated: PG-13





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Publication date: 08/21/03

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