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by Inlander Staff

Breakin' All the Rules -- In a twist on the old "It's not you, it's me," dump-or-be-dumped mentality, Jamie Foxx plays Quincy, an aspiring psychologist still smarting over getting the boot. As a catharsis, he pens a self-help book George Costanza might have written a cover blurb for. When his cousin (Morris Chestnut) takes his advice, Quincy breaks his own rules and falls for his cuz's ex, Gabrielle Union. Rated: PG-13

Troy -- If Brad Pitt falters a bit due to his pretty looks at the beginning of this epic telling of the Trojan War, he sure owns the part by the end. And Eric Bana, as Hector, one of his main foes, is strong throughout. Director Wolfgang Petersen goes the gigantic-scale route, with huge, bloody battles, yet tells a great story of the futility of war -- and accompanying shades of honor and dishonor -- in quiet, well-acted sequences. There's some miscasting in the role of Helen (German actress Diane Kruger looks and acts like a bored model), but the scope of the film, including a certain big wooden horse, and some nicely blustery performances, make it all work. (ES) Rated R

Publication date: 05/13/04

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