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A Beautiful Mind
"Pity, fear, and cognitive reverie"
Dir. Ron Howard; writ. Akiva Goldsman, based on biography by Sylvia Nasar; feat. Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Vivien Cardone, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Christopher Plummer (PG-13)

Black Hawk Down
"Crash landing in confused territory"
Dir. Ridley Scott; writ. Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan; feat. Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Sam Shepard, Eric Bana, Jeremy Piven, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs (R)

Blade II
"Goes for the jugular"
Dir. Guillermo del Toro; writ. David S. Goyer; feat. Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Luke Goss, Norman Reedus (R)

Festival in Cannes
"Pros and cons make deals in Cannes"
Writ. & dir. Henry Jaglom; feat. Anouk Aimée, Greta Scacchi, Maximilian Schell, Ron Silver, Zack Norman, Jenny Gabrielle, Alex Craig Mann, Camilla Campanale (PG-13)

Harrison's Flowers
"Flower power and the Balkan wars"
Dir. Elie Chouraqui; writ. Chouraqui, Didier le Pecheur, & Isabel Ellsen; feat. Andie MacDowell, David Strathairn, Elias Koteas, Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Alun Armstrong (R)

I Am Sam
"Well-meaning but unconvincing"
Dir. Jessie Nelson; writ. Nelson and Kristine Johnson; feat. Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest (PG-13)

Ice Age
"Warms the heart"
Dir. Carlos Saldanha, Chris Wedge; writ. Michael J. Wilson (story), Michael Berg (screenplay); feat. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black (PG)

In the Bedroom
"Domestic thriller, thrilling in its subtlety"
Dir. Todd Field; writ. Robert Festinger, Todd Field, based on a story by Andre Dubus; feat. Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother (R)

Iris
"Watching a noble mind o'erthrown"
Dir. Richard Eyre; writ. Richard Eyre and Charles Wood, from memoirs by John Bayley; feat. Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Penelope Wilton, Samuel West, Timothy West (R)

Italian for Beginners
"Not for Dogma 95 beginners"
Dir. and writ. Lone Scherfig; feat. Anders W. Berthelsen, Anette Støvelbaek, Peter Gantzler, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Lars Kaalund, Karen-Lise Mynster. (R)

John Q.
"Tense drama about medical insurance"
Dir. Nick Cassavetes; writ. James Kearns; feat. Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Kimberly Elise, Shawn Hatosy, Ray Liotta, Daniel E. Smith (PG-13)

Last Orders
"Autopsy of the English working class"
Writ. & dir. Fred Schepisi, from the novel by Graham Swift; feat. Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Ray Winston, JJ Feild, Kelly Reilly, Cameron Fitch, Nolan Hemmings, Anatol Yusef (R)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"Bravissimo"
Dir. Peter Jackson; writ. J.R.R. Tolkien, Frances Walsh; feat. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies (PG-13)

Monsoon Wedding
"A little song, dance, and sex"
Dir. Mira Nair; writ. Sabrina Dhawan; feat. Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das (R)

Monster's Ball
"Stunning execution"
Dir. Marc Foster; writ. Milo Addica, Will Rokos; feat. Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Peter Boyle, Heath Ledger, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Dante Beze, Coronji Calhoun (R)

Panic Room
"Perfect claustrophobic thriller"
Dir. David Fincher; writ. David Koepp; feat. Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, Ann Magnuson, Ian Buchanan (R)

Queen of the Damned
"Should I say it? Sucks"
Dir. Michael Rymer; writ. Anne Rice (novels), Scott Abbott; feat. Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, Aaliyah, Vincent Perez, Paul McGann, Lena Olin (R)

Showtime
"Buddy-cop films get the Scream treatment"
Dir. Tom Dey, writ. Keith Sharon, Alfred Gough, and Miles Millar, feat. Robert DeNiro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, William Shatner, Kadeem Hardison, Julian Dulce Vida, Frankie Faison, Mos Def (PG-13)

The Time Machine
"H.G. Well's classic gets dumbed down"
Dir. Gore Verbinski, Simon Wells; writ. H.G. Wells (novel), David Duncan (earlier screenplay); feat. Yancey Arias, Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Philip Bosco, Phyllida Law (PG-13)

We Were Soldiers
"A good war movie for people who want to see a good war movie."
Dir./writ. Randall Wallace, from the book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway; feat. Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, and Barry Pepper. (R)

For your information
Films reviewed by:
AS: Anita Schmaltz
GT: George Tysh
JD: John DeFore
SK: Steven G. Kellman
SS: Steve Schneider

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