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*The Bourne Identity (PG-13)
Matt Damon's first attempt at a pure action role and, as usual, he more than compensates. (In fact, he kicks his good buddy Ben Affleck's butt as action heroes go.) The tension builds slowly, and when bullets begin to fly and car chases ensue, it's all nicely choreographed and not overblown. The plot is somewhat thin but the ride is still rich with plenty of well-timed twists and turns. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (PG-13)
Despite its stellar cast -- Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, Fionnula Flanagan, Ashley Judd and James Garner -- the film is crippled by its script and polluted by its blatant commercial leanings. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

Hey Arnold! The Movie (PG)
The feature version of the popular animated TV show on Nickelodeon. -- not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

*Importance of Being Earnest (PG)
A delightful movie from a classic play. Writer/director Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband) retained Oscar Wilde's deeply silly plot (there's lots of mistaken identities, babies left in handbags on the train, long-lost relatives, etc.) and cast the movie with impeccable actors (Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Frances O'Connor and Reese Witherspoon). He also fluffed up the verbal with the visual, including exquisite and overwrought Victorian costumes and -- voila -- a wonderful summer romp. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Like Mike (PG)
Rapper Lil' Bow Wow's feature film debut about a pre-teen boy who buys a "magical" pair of sneakers once worn by Michael Jordan ... -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Lilo and Stitch (PG)
Disney film about Lilo, a little girl in Hawaii who adopts a dog that, it turns out, is actually an alien. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Men in Black II (PG-13)
Although the newness of the Men in Black concept has worn off, there's plenty of slick and witty post-modern humor to savor in this eccentrically clever romp. And Will Smith brings a new level of charm and comic timing to the role of Agent Jay. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX, Tinseltown

*Minority Report (PG-13)
With a genius plot, and a budget to match, much of the thrill of Minority Report is in the art direction and special effects. They bring us every detail of a future-noir world where surveillance has become as much of a marketing tool as it is a form of policing. Hats off to Steven Spielberg for managing the ambiguities with an uncanny dexterity, and to Tom Cruise, by gum, for playing it straight! -- Noel Black

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Mr. Deeds (PG-13)
Adam Sandler is a small-town guy who inherits controlling interest in a massive media corporation. Winona Ryder is a tabloid TV reporter who's sent to do an expos on him ... but they wind up falling in love. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
A delightful confection of a summer film. The pacing of the first half of the film is a little slow, but it picks up nicely when the whole crazy extended family gets into the act. Romantic comedies require a deft touch, and the writing of Nia Vardalos (who also plays the lead) provides it. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

The Powerpuff Girls Movie (PG)
See full review, page 27.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Scooby Doo (PG)
A live-action remake of the inexplicably popular '80s cartoon. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spider-Man (PG-13)
From the script to the editing and acting, Spider-Man is just ... just so enh. Computer effects have rendered the charming reality of human error obsolete, making the film feel just too sterile. There are some clever cameos and campy nods to film history, but unfortunately, overall Spider-Man just doesn't pack a punch. Pow. Bam. -- Noel Black

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Star Wars Episode II (PG)
The acting's perfectly two-dimensional for a fantasy adventure, the architectural artwork on the hyper-urban galaxy capital Coruscant is ga-ga, plus there's plenty of unbelievably nondigital-looking digital action that strips away the schlocky look that plagued The Phantom Menace. Simply put: smarts and imagination at their best. -- Noel Black

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Sum of All Fears (PG-13)
Another film adaptation of one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. Starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Windtalkers (R)
Hong Kong director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission Impossible 2) explores the 1944 Allied invasion of Saipan when American soldiers used the "Navajo Code" -- a code developed from the Navajo language with Navajo translators. Starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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