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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)

About a Boy
"Charming oasis in the blockbuster desert"
Dir. Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz; writ. Nick Hornby (novel), Peter Hedges, Weitz & Weitz; feat. Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz (PG-13)

Blade II
"Goes for the jugular"

The Cat's Meow
"Gosford Park at sea"
Dir. Peter Bogdanovich; writ. Steven Peros; feat. Kirsten Dunst, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Tilly, Claudia Harrison (PG-13)

Changing Lanes
"Lawyers as swindlers — a novel idea"

Deuces Wild
"Refried 'West Side Story' w/ extra grit w/o musical sequences"

Enigma
"Intellectual espionage"

High Crimes
"Pedestrian but inoffensive"
Dir. Carl Franklin; writ. Joseph Finder (novel) and Yuri Zeltser (screenplay); feat. Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Bruce Davidson, Tom Bower (PG-13)

Ice Age
"Warms the heart"

The Importance of Being Earnest
"Exquisite frivolity"

John Q
"Tense drama about medical insurance"

Life or Something Like It
"Unappetizing TV dinner"
Dir. Stephen Herek; writ. John Scott Shepherd and Dana Stevens; feat. Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, Christian Kane, James Gammon, Melissa Errico, Stockard Channing (PG-13)

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)

Murder by Numbers
"Less would have been more"
Dir. Barbet Schroeder; writ. Tony Gayton; feat. Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt, Agnes Bruckner (R)

The New Guy
"Barely repackaged high school comedy"

Panic Room
"Perfect claustrophobic thriller"

Resident Evil
"For adolescent couch slugs"

The Scorpion King
"An ideal drive-in picture"

Son of the Bride (El Hijo de la novia)
"Imported domestic melodrama lacks bite"

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
"Stupid, but fun in spite of itself"

Y Tu Mamá También
"Heaven's Mouth has sharp teeth"

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