**** The Matrix Reloaded -- The ante was upped, just due to the unexpected success and groundbreaking visuals of The Matrix. But writer-directors the Wachowski brothers have nothing to worry about concerning acceptance of this follow-up. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and Agent Smith return for more philosophical rantings about the possible end of humankind, along with a huge leap in action and the quality of visual effects. A street fight between Neo and a bunch of Smiths is astounding. A freeway chase between all sorts of characters is outrageously and breathlessly entertaining. Terrific filmmaking. (ES) Rated R
Down With Love -- Renee Zellweger plays a feminist writer whose latest manifesto encourages women to eschew romance in favor of solid career goals. Ewan McGregor plays the cad newspaper reporter who's looking to write an expose when her book hits the bestseller list. Okay, so we don't buy Zellweger as a feminist either, but we do like the looks of the costuming and set design in this stylish homage to the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedies. Rated: PG-13
**** Don't Miss It *** Worth $7 ** Wait For The Video * Save Your Money
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Publication date: 05/15/03