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VANILLA SKY (R) His soundtrack selections still fascinate, but writer-director Cameron Crowe flair for dialogue fails him in this ambitious, unsatisfying remake of Spain's Open Your Eyes. Tom Cruise plays a callow magazine publisher who loses his grip on reality after a disfiguring car accident. The film's ideas about love, dreams and mass entertainment pull the plot in opposing directions, while its resolution has been used in too many sci-fi scenarios. --CH

THE WASH 1/2 (R). If you're not already a fan of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, you'll probably find their comedic effort a wash out. Friday scripter DJ Pooh wrote and directed this nearly plotless look at the tension between two friends when they both take jobs at the same scruffy L.A. car wash. A few laughs lurk in the margins -- Pooh giving himself the funniest role as a dimwitted kidnapper -- but the cast has a much better time than the audience eveer will. Tommy Chong, Pauly Shore, Shaquille O'Neill and Eminem provide cameos. --CH

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