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** Cold Creek Manor -- In this unscary, yawnsome thriller, Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone are a Manhattan couple who decide upstate New York will be a better, safer place to raise their kids. (RP) Rated: R





10/9/03 Coral Reef Adventure -- Think of it as a way to explore all 1,300 miles of the Great Barrier Reef without the danger of shark attacks. Not rated





* Duplex -- Broad, slapdash black comedy finds Brooklyn yuppies Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore at the mercies of their upstairs tenant, an old woman who drives them bats. Dreams of murder ensue. Throw Mama from the Brownstone, anyone? Aside from top-notch sneeze-spray and vomit gags, it's really tedious. Directed by Danny DeVito (RP) Rated: PG-13





*** Freaky Friday -- 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. Funny situations, some slapstick and a message about parents and kids understanding each other. (ES) Rated PG





*** Hangman's Curse -- Seems something's amiss at Rogers High School -- yes, our Rogers High School -- and the cops can't figure it out. Who ya gonna call? Call the Veritas Team, stars of two novels by Kellogg, Idaho's Frank Peretti. With no violence or swearing, Curse is designed to fill a niche among younger moviegoers for good, clean fun. Rated: PG-13 (Ted S. McGregor Jr.)





*** Lewis & amp; Clark -- The IMAX folks have packed a lot into this vivid account of the two adventurers' travels across the American wilderness. (ES) Unrated





**** Lost in Translation -- Bill Murray is a middle-aged actor in Tokyo to film a whiskey commercial for $2 million. Scarlett Johansson is a newly-married twenty-something in town with her celebrity photographer husband. Both of them, searching for themselves, find each other (and the intensity of Japan), in director Sofia Coppola's second film. It's hilarious and romantic, Murray and Johansson give two of the year's best performances. (Marty Demarest) Rated: R





* Luther -- A medieval Ralph Lauren ad for Christianity starring Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther. Expect a spin-off -- Reformation -- weekly on the WB. (Marty Demarest) Rated: PG-13





**** Matchstick Men -- Great performances from Sam Rockwell and Nicolas Cage as a grifter and his veteran mentor partner. Cage's Roy suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. (ES) Rated PG-13





** Once Upon a Time in Mexico -- After two successful Spy Kids sequels, the grown-up Robert Rodriguez remains a child at heart, indulging in all manner of explosions, blood spatters, cynical repartee and some old-fashioned R-rated trash talk. The blow-'em-ups get repetitive. (RP) Rated: R





*** 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. (ES) Rated: R





**** OT: Our Town -- Compton, California, better known as home to gangsta rap, was also host to a high school production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. The clash of cultures is striking. Another entrant in a great year for documentary work. (RP) Not Rated. (Showing at the Met Cinema Oct. 10-11)





*** Out of Time -- Denzel Washington is a small-town cop who makes some emotional errors, and is now desperate. The tension level grows by the nail bite. (ES) Rated PG-13





*** 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. (ES) Rated PG-13





Pulse -- A Stomp "odyssey," filmed in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the American Southwest. In addition to the usual sounds generated by brooms, trash cans, old metal sinks and PVC pipe, Pulse captures the ancient song and dance traditions of the world's peoples. Not Rated





*** The Rundown -- Decent, bantering Midnight Run-like bounty hunter comedy stars The Rock, Seann William Scott and one crazy Christopher Walken, hacking and griping their way through the Amazon. (RP) Rated: PG-13





*** School of Rock -- Floundering rocker Jack Black assumes his roommate's name and takes a job as a substitute teacher for private school fifth-graders, who are used to an unimaginative curriculum. He gets them to appreciate the only thing he knows -- rock music -- in an alternately sweet and raucous film. This film is much better than its trailers make it out to be. (ES) Rated PG-13





*** Seabiscuit -- 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. (ES) Rated: PG-13





** Secondhand Lions -- Michael Caine and Robert Duvall are the crusty, shotgun-wielding, probably wealthy uncles to whom mom (Kyra Sedgwick) delivers young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) for the summer so she can "go to school." (ES) Rated PG





**** The Swimming Pool -- Charlotte Rampling plays the brittle Sarah Morton, a Ruth Rendell-type English police procedural writer who, feeling burned out, accepts an offer from her publisher, John (Charles Dance), to stay at his house in the south of France in the off-season. She falls into the village's easy pace, drawing on her loneliness. Her reverie is interrupted by John's reckless, earthy daughter Julie (the luminous Ludivine Sagnier), whose brazenness and sexual exploits irritate Sarah to no end. (RP) Rated: R (Showing at the Met Cinema Oct. 4)





** Top Speed -- The new IMAX film focuses on a trio of athletes and one car designer who want to go faster -- and then go even faster. When these folks are zipping along the track or riding through wide-open spaces, the large-screen format is terrific. (ES) Unrated





** Under the Tuscan Sun -- The popular Frances Mayes book about life, food and home improvement in Italy becomes an overly sappy exercise in making plots up to make the non-story seem interesting. Diane Lane is quite good as the divorcee who's sent to Tuscany to jump-start her life and ends up in a series of deliriously happy circumstances. It gets to the point where everyone is so damn nice, you almost wish for something to go wrong. (ES) Rated: PG-13





** Underworld -- This vampire-werewolf-art-school hybrid has the cockiness to thrust viewers immediately into a semi-comprehensible world and hit the ground running, weaving and ducking from gales of gunfire. Its retro-futurist look may be the most festering-looking bigger-budget movie since Michael Radford's 1984. (RP) Rated: R





Whale rider -- It's been getting rave reviews all over. Pai (Keisha Castle Hughes) feels destined to become the next chief of her New Zealand tribe, in spite of the facts that she's only 11 and that her tribe follows the patriarchal old tradition of choosing only males as leaders. Rated: PG-13 n





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Publication date: 10/16/03

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