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American Pie 2 (R)
The first American Pie was one of the funniest, most original teen flicks of last year. Unfortunately, the sequel plays to the lowest common denominator. We are dealt one scene after another of gross-out sex jokes, skits that are as predictable in their assured outcome as the first film was unpredictable. All the smart girls, with the exception of flute-playing Michelle, are assigned peripheral roles, and we don't get any of the wise girl-guy interchange that characterized American Pie 2's predecessor. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Behind Enemy Lines (PG-13)
Behind Enemy Lines is a glorified chase-and-rescue war movie that compensates for its clich-wallowing tendencies with a blend of supercool spectacle and eye-popping attention to rapidly expanding minutiae. Owen Wilson is properly cast as Lieutenant Chris Burnett, a standard-issue naval aviator shot down in war-ravaged Bosnia after he and his pilot overstep their mission's boundaries for a digital photo recon. In the course of making it to his pick-up location, Burnett dodges so many bullets and land mine trip wires that any hope for suspension of disbelief is completely lost. But that's not to say that Behind Enemy Lines isn't entertaining, even in the muck and mire of its guffaw-inducing use of cliches. But it's absolutely in spite of its hackneyed formulas that the movie succeeds with its war romp design. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Black Knight (PG-13)
Martin Lawrence stars as fast-talking con man Jamal Walker, who's stuck in a menial job at a medieval theme park -- until he winds up in 14th-century England, a world of knights in shining armor, a wicked king and damsels in distress. Not reviewed.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Don't Say a Word (R)
A glorified kidnap thriller that bundles together gaudy New York City atmospheres with worn-out detective story plot devices in the hopes of creating suspense and surprise. The plot never crystallizes because there's never any doubt about how it will end. As an exercise in performance, Michael Douglas helms the movie with characteristic driving dedication while Brittany Murphy as not-so-insane psychiatric patient Elisabeth Burrows is all over the place as a teenaged girl hiding behind mental disease. -- Cole Smithey

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*Harry Potter (PG)
It is a strange damning-with-faint-praise to say that this movie was faithful to the book. Sadly, neither book nor movie form is particularly well served by this attempt. The movie feels pedestrian and literal, too timid to explore the possibilities of a world where, although parallel to ours, nothing is quite the same. The book, in turn, is tarnished by a movie that stuffs all the lovely spaces populated, decorated and embellished by the imagination. All that said, I'm not going to warn you off the movie. After all, you don't want to be the sole American who hasn't seen the darn thing, and your kids will love it. -- Andrea Lucard

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Last Castle (R)
A year after his self-written and directed milestone The Contender, Rod Lurie falls inside Hollywood's movie machine to direct a lackluster prison/military action picture. Robert Redford exerts his standard workaday acting technique as General Irwin, a three-star General sentenced to a maximum-security military prison where he leads an uprising against the prison's immoral warden, Colonel Winter (James Gandolfini). -- Cole Smithey

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*Monsters, Inc. (G)
John Goodman is the voice of Sully, the scariest monster of Monstropolis, a parallel world, and Billy Crystal plays his sidekick, Mike Wazowski, a giant neon green eyeball with arms and legs and not much more. There is a ton of tongue-in-cheek humor, and frame after frame is packed with pop cultural references, sight gags and just plain cool action. The writers clearly went to town in amusing themselves. Go see it for the cool factors, but leave your hopes for decent social commentary behind. -- Andrea Lucard

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Ocean's 11 (R)

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

Out Cold (PG-13)
Small-town buddies Luke, Rick, Anthony and Pig Pen live to snowboard and party on Bull Mountain. That is, until town founder Papa Muntz dies and his son Ted decides to sell the mountain to slick Colorado ski mogul Jack Majors. Not reviewed.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Shallow Hal (PG-13)
How shallow is the Farrelly Brothers' newest homage to geekiness, Shallow Hal? Shallow enough to make anyone who is large by nature or who has loved someone of unusually large girth really, really angry. Here's the premise. Shallow Hal (Jack Black) and his shallow sidekick (furry touped Jason Alexander) birddog pretty women by night at their local nightclub. But when Hal is hypnotized by a self-help guru, he begins to see beyond physical exteriors to the beautiful interior of everyone around him. Thus, dogs (ie. women with bad teeth, fat women) become targets worth scoring. Gwyneth Paltrow must have temporarily lost her mind when accepting, then fulfilling the insulting role of the fat girl in question. Black, who is a gifted physical comedian looks desperately trapped in this role, bounded by the lame, predictable script. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spy Game (R)
Robert Redford and Brad Pitt star in this thriller as CIA operative Nathan Muir and his protege Tom Bishop, who at one time worked closely and formed a bond of friendship. Now, years later, Muir discovers that Bishop has gone rogue -- and has been jailed in China on espionage charges. Also starring Catherine McCormack, Uma Thurman, Kimberly Paige; directed by Tony Scott. Not reviewed.

Carmike 10, Kimball's Twin Peak, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Training Day (R)
Training Day is a brilliantly written and directed urban blood bath set in Los Angeles's mean streets of drug dealers, gang bangers and undercover detectives. Denzel Washington is brutally cruel as Alonzo Harris, a corrupt narcotics detective taking advantage of rookie officer Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) on his first day of training for an elite detective squad. As Washington's character sinks deeper into completing his own cash-fueled agenda, Hawke's character is forced to fight a very different battle against crime than he anticipated at the start of the day. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers) builds the film's ever increasing tension to a series of gut wrenching crescendos that put the movie on a par with Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant. -- Cole Smithey

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