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** Anger Management -- When it comes to the story, the script and the direction, just about everything is wrong with this movie. Adam Sandler is a nice guy loser who is supposedly suppressing a bunch of rage. Jack Nicholson is his anger therapist, a doctor with a very strange approach to his work. Neither is believable. (ES) Rated PG-13





Bend it Like Beckham -- More than anything, Jess (Parminder Nagra) wants to be a soccer superstar like her idol David Beckham. Her traditional Indian family wants her to lay off the soccer practice and take up her sari like a good future Indian bride. But Jess is growing up in London, her best friend loves soccer as much as she does and her new coach is a handsome lad (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Can Jess bend the rules and follow her dreams without upsetting her family? Rated: PG-13





Bruce Almighty -- He's got the power, as the music in that trailer has been pounding into our heads for weeks now tells us. Jim Carrey, in full-on Ace Ventura mode, plays a perpetually dissatisfied newspaper reporter whose bitching and moaning attracts the attention of God (Morgan Freeman). Rather than smite the hapless mortal, or visiting a well-deserved plague of locusts upon him, God decides instead to give him the chance to see how he likes being God for a day. Turns out Jim would like it just fine, thanks. Rated: PG-13





*** Chicago -- Torn stockings and heavily mascaraed eyes abound in this tale of two music-hall vixens (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ren & eacute;e Zellweger) vying for public attention in the Windy City. Richard Gere shows that he can sing (and tap dance) as the lawyer out to make a buck defending them from murder charges. (Marty Demarest) Rated: PG-13





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





Daddy Day Care -- Eddie Murphy plays Charlie, an ad exec who loses his job when his cereal campaign flops. Stuck at home with the kid -- is this plot starting to sound like a certain 1983 Michael Keaton film? -- Charlie teams up with his buddy Phil (Jeff Garlin) to open a daycare. No day care license? No experience? No food card? No problem. Rated: PG





*** Down With Love -- In a return to the breeziness of the '60s Doris Day-Rock Hudson movies, this tale of love (and, of course, the battle of the sexes) in 1962 Manhattan goes down like a cool lemonade. Make that a pink lemonade, as the film's wonderfully garish color palette is as much fun as watching the hit author (Renee Zellweger) and the nasty magazine writer (Ewan McGregor) make things difficult even as -- what else -- they're falling for each other. Silly and charming. (ES) Rated PG-13





**** 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. Life in a dentist's aquarium results in much riotous fish talk about root canals. There's -- guess what? -- a happy ending. (ES) Rated G





*** Holes -- The popular kids novel gets Disneyized, but the story's hint of toughness is intact. A teenager is framed for a theft and sent to a reform school summer camp, where the evil warden (Sigourney Weaver) forces all the kids to dig deep holes out in the desert. (ES) Rated PG





*** Identity -- A plot twist is a terrible thing to waste: James Mangold's latest is a taut yet playful what-the-hell-was-that thriller, as if Agatha Christie wrote The Usual Suspects. The cast members, including John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, have fun re-imagining clich & eacute;d horror-film characters. Rated: R (RP)





*** The In-Laws -- Hollywood gets it right the second time in this remake of the overrated 1979 film, now starring Albert Brooks as a meek podiatrist, and Michael Douglas as a tough and slippery CIA agent, both of whom will soon be related when their kids marry. Brooks shows why he's been called a comic genius all these years, and Douglas proves again that he can do comedy as well as drama. Lots of sight gags to go along with the espionage and the Brooks character's paranoia, as well as some hilarious and very broad stuff from David Suchet as international criminal Jean-Pierre. (ES) Rated: PG-13





*** The Italian Job -- Heist movies are one of the hardest of genre styles to pull off, which is why it's usually scary to hear the announcement of a remake like The Italian Job, requisitioning the contours of a likable 1969 Michael Caine vehicle. But against the odds, The Italian Job is that rare remake that does justice to the modest charms of its predecessor while working in a contemporary style. The Italian Job will be the summer's unexpected lark, as concerned with the fun of the faces -- including Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton -- and the lure of the game as the history of the genre. (RP) Rated: PG-13





*** 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. Much of the story gets into details of important characters -- such as Indian guide Sacagawea -- who were left out of our history books. (ES) Unrated





The Lizzie McGuire Movie -- Based on the hugely popular Disney Channel TV series, The Lizzie McGuire Movie follows the junior high student (Hilary Duff) through the various clothing crises, social missteps, romantic entanglements and family annoyances that constitute her daily life. But then she gets to go to Italy for the summer and, in the process, gets a better understanding of herself and her world. Rated: PG





**** The Matrix Reloaded -- The ante was upped, just due to the unexpected success and groundbreaking visuals of The Matrix. But writer-directors the Wachowski brothers have nothing to worry about concerning acceptance of this follow-up. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and Agent Smith return for more philosophical rantings about the possible end of humankind, along with a huge leap in action and the quality of visual effects. A street fight between Neo and a bunch of Smiths is astounding. A freeway chase between all sorts of characters is outrageously and breathlessly entertaining. Terrific filmmaking. Now also at IMAX. (ES) Rated R





**** A Mighty Wind -- Christopher Guest and pals leave the dogs from Best in Show behind but bring along the entire cast for an alternately wry, satiric and hilarious take on the folk revival of the '60s, when duos, trios and mobs of singers were the stars of hootenannies. This sweet and funny mockumentary gives us those "great groups" Mitch & amp; Mickey, the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers, who reunite for a live memorial concert, and lots of things, as in A Hard Day's Night, go wrong. Great acting, singing and playing. The lyrics are sublime. (ES) Rated PG-13





**** The Two Towers -- This magnificent sequel to last year's magnificent original welcomes back most of the same characters (including a new, improved Gandalf), and features many new ones, with the CGI creation of the hideous and chilling Gollum standing out. (ES) Rated PG-13





Wrong Turn -- What would summer be without some kind of homage to such bygone thrillers as The Hills Have Eyes, Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project? In Wrong Turn, a group of teenagers is misdirected to the West Virginia wilderness, where they are hunted by a pack of cannibalistic, inbred mountain men. If this isn't a good argument for getting a vehicle outfitted with OnStar, we don't know what is. Rated: R





**** X2: X-Men United -- Director Bryan Singer returns, with the main cast intact, along with a couple of new faces -- most notably Alan Cumming as the teleporting, Bible-spouting Nightcrawler -- to continue the story of good mutants and bad mutants and their struggle with humans who don't want them around. The sequel is bigger, better, funnier, sexier and more violent than the original. The past of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) starts to become clear, and his climactic fight with Yuriko aka Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) achieves moments of screen greatness. (ES) Rated PG-13





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Publication date: 06/05/03

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