Big Trouble -- Wildly uneven and just too chock-full of storytelling, the tale of goofy people and a nuclear warhead all coming together in Miami is fast-paced and very funny, until you need to take a breath instead of laughing at yet another gag. Stanley Tucci as a nasty rich man and Dennis Farina as an assassin get most of the laughs, but the film is loaded with solid acting. There might be some wincing in the now unfunny airport security scenes (the film was finished before Sept. 11). (ES) Rated: PG-13
High Crimes -- Ashley Judd plays a high-powered defense lawyer who faces her toughest case ever: defending her husband in a military courtroom. He's been charged with committing mass murder in Central America, and Judd has to find a way to prove his innocence, even while she's not entirely sure of it herself. Morgan Freeman comes to the rescue as a former judge and present-day advocate attorney. RATED: PG-13
Iris -- While theater-based director Richrad Eyre doesn't make the most of the intense raw material of the marital life of writers John Bayley and Iris Murdoch, he does know how to draw the best from actors. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent is agonizingly good as the elder Bayley, a shambling sort who was an anchor for the mercurial, pansexual free spirit, played as a gorgeous, willful vision by Kate Winslet (as the younger soul) and as sputtering sorrow by Judi Dench (as the elder, Alzheimer's-stricken writer). (RP) RATED: R
National Lampoon's Van Wilder -- A student at Coolidge College for seven years, leisure studies major Van Wilder may have to face the real world. But even though his rich father is tired of paying tuition, resourceful Van knows all sorts of other ways to extend his college experience. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, with a few cameos, including one by Curtis Armstrong ("Booger" from Revenge of the Nerds). RATED: R
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