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MAN ON WIRE 4 stars (PG-13) Man on Wire examines one of the most breathtaking -- and positive -- events in the World Trade Center's history: Phillippe Petit's high-wire crossing between the towers on Aug. 7, 1974. Rather than mourn the loss of the towers, Man on Wire celebrates them without excessively glorifying Petit. The tale of his accomplishment proves even more moving with the knowledge that the towers are now gone. -- Holman
MEET DAVE (PG) Eddie Murphy and Norbit director Brian Robbins come together again in this sci-fi comedy in which a crew of tiny aliens travels to Earth inside Dave (Murphy), their human spacecraft.
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (R) A struggling photographer (Bradley Cooper) tracks a brutal subway serial killer in director Ryuhei Kitamura's adaptation of a short story by Clive Barker.
MONGOL 4 stars (R) Russian director Sergei Bodrov traces the rise of Temudgin (Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano), better known to history as Genghis Khan, in this sweeping, exciting period piece nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Not a particularly complex story (it slightly resembles the plot of Conan the Barbarian), Mongol presents the kind of old-school, epic cinema virtues you almost never get to see any more, including starkly beautiful scenery and panoramic battle scenes with hundreds of actors and horses. As he pursues his beloved wife Boorte (Khulan Chuluun) Temudgin displays progressive attitudes toward love and law that make him a Mongol ahead of his time, as well as an ass kicker with a sword. -- Holman
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR 3 stars (PG-13) In post-WWII China, retired treasure hunters Rick and Evelyn O'Connell (Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello) must stop resurrected Chinese Emperor Han (Jet Li) from finding Shangri-la, becoming immortal and raising an unstoppable army of terra-cotta warriors. -- Holman
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS 2 stars (R) A disgruntled process server, Dale (Seth Rogen), bonds with his friendly neighborhood pot dealer Saul (James Franco) over a fresh shipment of "Pineapple Express." Dale sees a drug supplier (Gary Cole) and a corrupt policewoman (Rosie Perez) commit murder, so Dale and Saul go on the run in the LA area. Bad enough is the off-putting violence that builds to a 1980s-style shoot-out. Pineapple Express' problem is that director David Gordon Green, who previously specialized in moody Southern indie films such as George Washington and Undertow, is too cerebral for a comedy that should be a stupid romp of the Harold & Kumar variety. -- Holman
POLAR OPPOSITES (PG-13) Scientists David (Charles Shaughnessy) and Martin (Ken Barnett) are enlisted to help save the world when Iranian nuclear tests cause a rise in solar radiation and earthquake activity. Part of the Everyday Gay Heroes series.
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 (PG-13) This sequel finds best friends Tibby, Carmen, Bridget and Lena reunited after a year away at college and struggling to keep in touch against the odds. Based on the series of novels by Ann Bradshare.
SOLAR FLARE (PG-13) A teenager who can predict solar flares must prevent a global catastrophe when a flare threatens Earth's power grid. Tracey Gold and Michelle Clunie star. Part of the Everyday Gay Heroes series.
SPACE CHIMPS (G) A group of chimps embark on a dangerous space mission led by Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg), the slightly incompetent grandson of the first chimp astronaut.
STEP BROTHERS 2 stars (R) Two immature fortyish men (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) become despised roommates after the wedding of their single parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins). Ferrell and Reilly seem to have had more fun making the movie than the audience has watching it, and though Ferrell's and Reilly's sibling rivalry generates some belly laughs, the familiar premise and thin story make the film perfectly forgettable. On the plus side, it's the least unfunny of this summer's big, star-driven comedies. -- Holman
THE STRANGERS (R) While spending a romantic evening in a remote suburban home, a couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) is targeted by masked strangers.
SWING VOTE (PG-13) Due to a ballot error in the presidential election, the fate of the free world hangs on the vote of one man -- apathetic single father Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner).
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