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SHOWTIME (PG-13) This entry in Hollywood's ceaseless string of "buddy-cop comedies" has enough fun to make it a passable timekiller. De Niro plays humorless detective forced to co-star in a reality-TV series with a star-struck cop (Eddie Murphy). There's nothing new under the sun, apart from hearing William Shatner, as himself, refer to De Niro's character as "the worst actor I've ever seen."--MB

SORORITY BOYS (R) Rocket Man's Harland Williams, "Smallville's" Michael Rosenbaum and "7th Heaven's" Barry Watson are fraternity boys who cross-dress to pledge a sorority in this low-I.Q. cross-dressing college comedy. I seem to recall Matthew Modine doing the same thing in 1983's Private School for Girls.

THE TIME MACHINE (PG-13) H.G. Wells' great-grandson Simon and scripter John Logan take some successful liberties with this new adaptation of the immortal time-travel tale. But rather than captures our imaginations, the picture curtails its own creativity, culminating in a yawner of a showdown between Guy Pearce's scientist-cum-adventurer and a campy Jeremy Irons, leader of the vicious Morlocks.--MB

WE WERE SOLDIERS (R) Like Black Hawk Down, this account of the 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley, when 400 Americans found themselves surrounded by 2,000 soldiers, centers on the inspiring mettle demonstrated by U.S. soldiers under fire. The combat scenes are extremely intense, and while some of the dialogue may clank, the sentiments don't, and a no-nonsense cast (led by Mel Gibson) offers the necessary conviction.--MB

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (NR) A heartbroken woman takes off on a road trip with two randy teenage boys and the trio talk, laugh, bicker and have sex. How director Alfonso Cuaron turns this seemingly trite scenario into a metaphysical meditation on life, fate, death, the sublime and torturous aspects of sex, and the class divisions of modern Mexico is a thing of beauty. --FF

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