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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





**** Dirty Pretty Things -- Dirty Pretty Things, from a screenplay by one of the co-creators of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" and directed by Stephen Frears, is a rich genre entry that turns the stuff of urban legend -- the misplaced human organ in the hotel room -- into a cool thriller about London's underground. It explores our notions of commerce, examining that which is tolerated -- using immigrants to fill unwanted jobs -- and that which horrifies -- body parts -- as a telling symbol for the exploitation of humans in general. Chewitil Ejiofo gives a central performance of such fluent complexity that one thinks of the transparent but profoundly effective grace of Michael Caine or Gene Hackman: Ejiofor, only 25, quietly embodies that kind of control in each and every scene he's in. With Audrey Tautou. (RP) Rated: R





**** 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





*** 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. (RP) Rated: PG-13





Jeepers Creepers2 -- "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those... aaaaaaggggghhhh..." Yep, the Creeper is back, and this time he's hoping to eat an entire school bus full of basketball players, coaches and the cheerleading squad. Rated: R





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





** Le Divorce -- This is a shallow, smug waste of a good ironic novel about expatriate life in Paris, and also of Naomi Watt's intelligence. If you like Kate Hudson as a bubblehead, though, she's brighter than the City of Lights in this one. Directed by James Ivory (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. (ES) Unrated





The Magdalene Sisters -- Reportedly based on a true story, The Magdalene Sisters recounts how, in 1964, four young women are sent to a nearby convent in order to "cleanse themselves of sin." Instead, they are forced to work seven days a week in the convent laundry, and suffer enormous emotional and physical cruelty at the hands of the nuns. Rated: R





Medallion -- Jackie Chan (looking craggier all the time) stars as a detective who finds himself in cahoots with a private investigator (Claire Forlani) and a British agent (Lee Evans) as they all try to bust an international slave cartel. Rated: R





My Boss's Daughter -- Even though he's dating 40-something Demi Moore, Ashton Kucher is forced to play with kids his own age when he's on screen. Here, it's Tara Reid, who plays the titular role. Kucher plays a guy whose boss leaves town and asks him to house-sit. What his boss doesn't tell him is that house guest after house guest is gonna be stopping by, leaving him hardly a second alone with the girl of his dreams. Rated: PG-13





*** 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





**** Winged Migration -- It's OK to refer to this film as being "for the birds," as long as it's done in complimentary fashion. Actually, it's about the birds, and how they manage to find food year-round by taking to the air for unimaginable distances in the spring and fall. The French documentarians have juiced things up by raising some of the birds from hatchlings to get them used to people and camera equipment, but the result is a stunning accomplishment, shot the world over, that's the closest thing to flying itself. At the Met Sept. 3-8. (ES) Rated G





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Publication date: 09/04/03

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