About A Boy - The Nick Hornby book about a carefree bachelor who tries to meet women by posing as a father at a single parents' support group has gone through some changes, but still makes a smooth, charming transition to the screen. Hugh Grant, playing the caddish though good-hearted fellow, gives one of his best performances, as does chameleon-like Toni Collette as the troubled mom of the needy young boy (Nicholas Hoult, and where did he get those eyebrows?) who latches on to "hero" and won't let go. The Weitz brothers (American Pie) direct with flair, but let a music segment near the end go on too long. (ES) Rated PG-13
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Somewhere in between Episode One and Episode Two, the Force came back -- the creative force that George Lucas seemed to have misplaced. This is a combo mix of exciting action and young romance, with the film smoothly shooting back and forth between the two. It's 10 years later, and young Anakin has become a feisty apprentice to Obi-Wan in the ways of the Jedi. Queen Amidala is now a senator, with assassins on her trail. Obi-Wan and Anakin do their best to save the day. Thrilling chases through the busy skies, comic relief from the robots, a terrific score and, oh yes, a few short appearances by Jar Jar Binks. (ES) Rated PG
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