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by Inlander Staff

Daredevil -- Marvel and Fox are positioning Daredevil as a dark, second-level comics hero, hoping to evade comparisons to Spider-Man. With the dozens of Marvel titles in development, they can't all be super-terrific, and Daredevil is like flipping through three or four issues of a comic you don't truly love but kind of enjoy. Ben Affleck acts mostly with his teeth; Jon Favreau is a dull sidekick; Jennifer Garner is a superb action heroine who ought to walk out of this movie and into her own; and Colin Farrell is the loosest of loose cannons as Daredevil's arch-nemesis Bullseye. (RP) Rated: PG-13

Jungle Book 2 -- Catching up with the 1967 original right where we left it, Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment) is bored in his new village -- in spite of every bear necessity being taken care of, including a cute girlfriend, Shanti. He ventures off to see how the jungle is doing without him, and finds that the villainous Shere Khan has been eagerly awaiting his return. Can Baloo (John Goodman) save him in time? Rated: G

The Pianist -- Wladyslaw Szpilman, a brilliant Polish pianist and a Jew, suffers through life in the Warsaw ghetto, then escapes and hides in the ruins. Based on a true story. Nominated for seven Oscars in all, including Best PIcture, Best Director (Roman Polanski), Best Actor (Adrien Brody) and Best Adapted Screenplay.Rated: R

The Quiet American -- The Graham Greene novel, first made in 1958, gets upgraded in every way in this version with Brendan Fraser and Michael Caine. Set in early '50s Vietnam, while France was still involved and America wasn't, it's the story is of a jaded journalist (Caine) and an ambitious American aid worker (Fraser) and the woman they both want. But it's also about the quickly changing political climate. An excellent, riveting film. (ES) Rated: R

Talk to Her -- In this tear-stained male weepie about the love of women, Pedro Almod & oacute;var retains his irreverence while burnishing his knack for baroque d & eacute;cor and plot turns. Almod & oacute;var, who was just nominated for a best directing Academy Award for this film, says the movie is partly about silence and about how it partakes of "the eloquence of the body." You can smile with gratitude at each facial expression, framing of action and motion of an actor. The plot is filled with parallels, surprises and eccentric but assured turns. Almod & oacute;var always delivers a strange and beautiful treasure. (RP) Rated: R

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The world could always use another cautionary tale about bachelor parties. This time it's Jason Lee as the groom-to-be, who has just woken up next to Julia Stiles (incidentally, not his intended). Rated: PG-13

Publication date: 02/06/03

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