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VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA 3 stars (PG-13) During a summer in Spain, two smart American hotties (Scarlett Johansson and the impressive newcomer Rebecca Hall) become romantically involved with a smoldering artist (Oscar-winner Javier Bardem) who has an unbalanced ex-wife (the superb Penelope Cruz). Perhaps the warm weather and flamenco music invigorated 72-year-old writer/director Woody Allen, whose creative juices were clearly flowing with this film's lively, stormy love affairs. Allen still overthinks his dialogue and ideas, but this time they don't muffle the sensuality of the film's locale or the characters. -- Holman

THE WACKNESS 2 stars (R) In 1994 Manhattan, a pot dealer and recent high school graduate (Josh Peck) forms an unlikely friendship with one of his customers, an aging psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley). Jonathan Levine's semi-autobiographical feature has much to recommend it, including an appealing soundtrack and charming performances from Peck and Olivia Thirlby (as an elusive young beauty). Kingsley's oversized, showboating performance undermines his chemistry with Peck, however, and the plot follows the coming-of-age formula a little too closely. -- Holman

WALL-E 4 stars (G) "WALL-E," a lonely, trash-compacting machine that might be the last entity on Earth, pursues his love for a sleek, feminine robot to the titanic starship that contains the human race. Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton crafts a story with the intelligence and heart that's the trademark of Pixar Studios (creators of the Toy Story movies), as well as the stunning images and visionary ideas of the best science fiction. Some audiences may be put off by the film's sharp-edged satire of consumer culture, but WALL-E, like its robotic namesake, should last another 700 years. -- Holman

WANTED 2 stars (R) A miserable young accountant (Atonement's James McAvoy) discovers that his long-lost father belonged to an ancient "Fraternity" of assassins with magic hitman powers. Nightwatch director Timur Bekmambetov overdoses on flash in an effort to outmuscle The Matrix without capturing the other film's ingenious sci-fi rules or its sparks of wit. The film features enough outlandish money shots to make it a hit (Angelina Jolie's sexuality qualifies as its own special effect), but Wanted's insolent attitude caters to just the kind of white-collar douchebags the film pretends to make fun of. -- Holman

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE 1 star (PG-13) In the last gasp of the once-proud TV franchise, former FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) try to solve a kidnapping that hinges on the alleged psychic visions of a pedophile priest. The mystery proves neither compellingly written nor competently directed, and though it's nice to see Duchovny and Anderson back together, the film will only appeal to the folks who write "X-Files" fan fiction on the Internet. -- Holman

YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (PG-13) Zohan (Adam Sandler), an Israeli commando, fakes his own death to follow his dream of being a hairdresser.

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