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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)

Behind Enemy Lines
"For those who think war is a video game"

Dir. John Moore; writ. Jim and John Thomas, David Veloz; feat. Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith, Olek Krupa, Gabriel Macht (PG-13)

Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des loups)
"Lupine loopiness"

Dir. Christophe Gans; writ. Simon Donald, Stéphane Cabel, Christophe Gans; feat. Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jérémie Rénier, Mark Dacascos, Jean-François Stévenin (R)

Collateral Damage
"Ah-nold, stop the cah-nage"

Dir. Andrew Davis; writ. David Griffiths & Peter Griffiths; feat. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, Cliff Curtis, John Leguizamo, and John Turturro. (R)

"A damn good commercial"

Dir. Tamra Davis; writ. Shoneda Rhimes; feat. Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoë Saldena, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall, Dan Aykroyd. (PG-13)

The Fluffer
"Walk on wild side limps"

Dir. Richard Glatzer & Wash West; writ. Wash West; feat. Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Tim Bagley (no MPAA rating)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"Entertaining and not even a bit daemonic"

Dir. Chris Columbus; writ. Steven Kloves; feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman (PG)

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)

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)

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)

Kate & Leopold
"Hypocritical piffle"

Dir. James Mangold; writ. Steven Rogers, James Mangold; feat. Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne, Bradley Whitford, Philip Bosco (PG-13)

"Overlapping stories in understated gem"

Dir. Ray Lawrence; writ. Andrew Bovell; feat. Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Kerry Armstrong, Rachael Blake, Vince Colosimo, Daniella Farinacci, Peter Phelps (R)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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)

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)

Monsters, Inc.
"Witty, wild, furry fun"

Dir. Peter Docter; writ. Jill Culton, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston; feat. John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi (R)

The Mothman Prophecies
"Doesn't fly"

Dir. Mark Pellington; writ. John A. Keel (novel), Richard Hatem (screenplay); feat. Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing, Shane Callahan (PG-13)

Orange County
"Too many seeds"

Dir. Jake Kasdan; writ. Mike White; feat. Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, Schuyler Fisk, and John Lithgow. (PG-13)

The Royal Tenenbaums

Dir. Wes Anderson; writ. Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson; feat. Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray.

Super Troopers
"Anarchy on the highway"

Dir. Jay Chandrasekhar; writ. Chandrasekhar, et al; feat. Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Daniel von Bargen, Marisa Coughlan (R)

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