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CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is pissed off. Organ thieves have stolen his heart and now he's going to fight them to get it back.

DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION Forces of good and evil fight for control of the Dragonballs. The fate of the world is at stake. Special effects and stunt fighting ensue.

DUPLICITY (PG-13) Espionage, romance, and the perfect con are mixed together for this thriller cocktail. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts star.

EVERLASTING MOMENTS  3 stars (NR) In early 20th-century Sweden, a downtrodden mother (Maria Heiskanen) contends with poverty, World War I, and a drunken, abusive husband (Mikael Persbrant), leaving little time for her inchoate talent as a photographer. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this often grim drama presented primarily from her daughter's point of view, often suggests a Scandinavian Angela's Ashes. Everlasting Moments features subtly gorgeous cinematography and offers a primer in 100-year-old photography, but the woman's commitment to her brutish spouse seems as much masochistic as martyrlike, and proves to be the film's one area that could use more development. — Holman

FAST & FURIOUS Does the scent of burning rubber get your engine going? This flick invites you to fill up your tank with Vin Diesel for two hours of car chases around Los Angeles.

FIGHTING The title says it all. A young man enters a seedy circuit of bare-knuckle brawling. Will he be able to keep all his teeth?

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST Don't be fooled by the spooky title. This romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner has more laughs than gasps.

GOODBYE SOLO (Not Rated) Ramin Bahrani, director of the acclaimed indie films Man Push Cart and Chop Shop, explores the relationship between a talkative black taxi driver and a gloomy white passenger in North Carolina. 

GOMORRAH 3 stars (NR) Italy's official entry for this year's Academy Awards offers a sprawling, journalistic portrayal of the Camorra crime syndicate in Naples. Director Matteo Garrone's five entwined narrative lines cross generations and social strata, from a white-collar toxic waste dumper to an impoverished housing projects kid named Totó (Salvatore Abruzzese) who aspires to join a "clan." Gomorrah leaves audiences in the position of innocent bystanders, without always knowing who the players are or where sudden violence will come from, and manages to offer a gangster film without a trace of glamour. — Holman 

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD 2 stars (PG) The title character of The Great Buck Howard, played by John Malkovich, prefers to be identified as a "mentalist." Old-school hypnotism and hints of telepathy anchor his old-fashioned stage act, along with threadbare jokes and a half-spoken rendition of "What the World Needs Now." The film proves to be more focused and plot-driven than Christopher Guest's improvised ensemble comedies about pop culture bottom-feeders, but fails to give Buck an adequate foil. — Holman

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE Like watching Coal Miner's Daughter in reverse, a young pop singer struggles to leave the stage for a life in the Appalachians.

THE INFORMERS 2 stars (R) This year's cinematic flashback to the 1980s evokes the pretentious "brat pack" literature of the decade with this adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis short story collection, published in the 1990s but set in 1983. Primarily the film follows a group of vacuous, spoiled young Los Angelenos, one of whom (Jon Foster) wonders if there's more to life than drugs and group sex. The young actors prove uniformly terrible, while the performers playing the older generation, including Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, deliver more substantive, if underwritten, performances. Unlike such energetic Ellis adaptations as American Psycho and Rules of Attraction, The Informers takes Ellis' superficial observations at face value. — Holman

THE INTERNATIONAL 2 stars (R) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) and a New York City attorney (Naomi Watts) try to build a case against a corrupt global bank, but all their potential witnesses end up dead. Inspired by the BCCI banking scandal of the 1990s, The International hits the national mood just right — what better time to attack financial institutions than during a global financial meltdown? Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer offers technically proficient spy-type thrills, but the film wavers uncertainly between loud action movie and tub-thumping economic populism. — Holman

IS ANYBODY THERE? 3 stars (PG-13) Angry, aging magician “The Amazing Clarence” (Michael Caine) unwillingly moves into an English couple’s modest old-age home where he gradually befriends a ghost-obsessed boy (Bill Milner). Caine’s rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light performance redeems an otherwise predictable script, which features David Morrissey as a dad facing a midlife crisis. — Holman 

I LOVE YOU, MAN (R) A bromantic comedy about the struggles of Paul Rudd to find the best man for his wedding. 



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