Deuces Wild -- It's already being likened to The Outsiders and not just because Deuces Wild is the story of two brothers (Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro) trying to avoid the pull of gang life in 1950s Brooklyn. Matt Damon, who starred in Rumble Fish and The Outsiders more than a decade ago, turns in a strong role in this gritty, street gang drama, which was initially shelved after Sept. 11. Also starring Fairuza Balk. Rated: R
Hollywood Ending -- Some might argue that it's not much of a stretch for Woody Allen to write about, star in and direct a film about a neurotic director. But so what? The film -- with a main plot of said director going temporarily blind due to anxiety, but directing anyway -- is clever, fresh and funny. There's a little more slapstick than in recent years, but everything else, from inventive writing to solid direction of great actors -- even Tea Leoni is good! -- is there in fine form. (ES) Rated: PG-13
Spider-Man -- As superhero origin stories go, Sam Raimi does a decent job of bringing zing and neurosis to the screen, and the web-swinging along the real and imagined streets of New York City is a thrill. Tobey Maguire's very good; Kirsten Dunst is sweet. Willem Dafoe's good, but his Green Goblin character is an un-involving computer-generated fizzle. (RP) Rated: PG-13
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The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.