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COMEDIAN (R) This backstage documentary follows Jerry Seinfeld as he rejects retiring as a zillionaire TV star to return to the stand-up comedy circuit, painstakingly crafting an all-new routine of his trademark observational comedy.

8 WOMEN (R) A deliciously campy paean to the glitzy Hollywood melodramas and musicals of the past, French director Francois Ozon's whodunit features a cast of elite French actresses (including Emmanuelle Beart, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert) stranded in a remote country house and trying to figure out who killed the only man on the premises. --FF

FORMULA 51 (R) This nutty action flick -- known as The 51st State in its U.K. release -- stars Samuel L. Jackson as a golf-loving, kilt-wearing drug designer who comes up with a super-narcotic that makes Ecstasy seem like Altoids. Meat Loaf, Rhys Ifans and The Full Monty's Robert Carlisle are party to the ensuing hijinks.

THE FOUR FEATHERS (PG-13) A.E.W. Mason's century-old novel has never been far removed from the minds of moviemakers, having been filmed on seven separate occasions. This 21st century model is a satisfactory (if shaky) heir to the throne, a visually robust retelling that reinstates a dash of the epic to the big screen. Heath Ledger is solid as the 19th century British officer who must redeem himself after being branded a coward, but Kate Hudson, displaying all the luminance of a 20-watt bulb after 999 hours of service, is miscast as the woman he loves. -- MB

GHOST SHIP (R) Gabriel Byrne and Julianna Margulies play salvage officers aboard a haunted vessel. It's from Steve Beck, director of Thir13een Ghosts, but doesn't have a "clever" title like that one.

HEAVEN Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer gives a kick to late Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's script about an English bomber (Cate Blanchett) who goes on the run in Italy with a police translator (Giovanni Ribisi).

IMAX Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (NR) Jeff Bridges narrates this sweeping documentary that traces the famed explorers' 8,000-mile trek across America. Through March 14. Cirque du Soleil (NR) See dizzying acrobatics in the IMAX film of the renowned French circus. Fridays through Nov. 29. Australia: Land Beyond Time (NR) Check out the kangaroos, koalas and other denizens of Down Under in this travelogue of the world's biggest island. Through Nov. 29. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road.

JACKASS: THE MOVIE (R) See grown men flip golf carts on themselves, fire bottle rockets from their rectums, snort wasabi like its cocaine and terrorize innocent bystanders in the unjustifiable, often sickening, yet at times exhilarating big-screen version of the MTV series. One hates to encourage self-destructive frontman Johnny Knoxville and his kamikaze skatepunks to hurt themselves, but their idiotic exploits provide the longest, loudest laughs at the cineplex this year.--CH

JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE (G) Who says Hollywood has no new ideas? Here we have an animated, musical interpretation of the Bible story, with Jonah portrayed by a talking asparagus -- no doubt to be swallowed by a vegetarian whale. It's the first feature film from a popular Christian video series for kids.

JUST A KISS (R) Equipped with a fairly grubby and mean-spirited sensibility supplied by screenwriter Patrick Breen, actor Fisher Stevens tries his hand at directing, juicing up a tired tale of bed-hopping and quip-trading Manhattanites with some half-cocked bargain basement looking animation effects used to no particular end. How this dog managed to attract actors like Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedgwick and Taye Diggs, beyond theirpossible friendship with Breen and Stevens, is a mystery second only to why Stevens felt compelled to make this abysmal film in the first place. --FF

KNOCKAROUND GUYS (R) A group of young wannabe gangsters (including Vin Diesel and Seth Green) follow a bag of money through a Montana town in this joyless, predictable crime thriller. Tom Noonan provides the sole saving grace as an opportunistic sheriff, stealing the cash and the film from Barry Pepper's whiny, unsympathetic hero and John Malkovich's sadistic mobster, whose Brooklyn accent sounds like a failed "Sopranos" screen test.--CH

MOONLIGHT MILE (PG-13) It's hard to imagine anyone stealing a movie not only from rising star Jake Gyllenhaal but also from Oscar-winners Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman and Holly Hunter, yet newcomer Ellen Pompeo pulls off the feat with aplomb. She's the main reasons to see this highly likable if somewhat calculated melodrama about a young man (Gyllenhaal) who, after the senseless slaying of his fiancee, moves into the home of her parents (Sarandon and Hoffman, each making returns to form) yet soon finds himself falling for a local bar owner (Pompeo).--MB


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