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THE TUXEDO (PG-13) The best special effect in a Jackie Chan movie is always Chan himself, which makes the affable performer's latest American vehicle an especially ill-fitting and ill-conceived affair. Chan plays a bumbling, insecure chauffeur who dons a top-of-the-line government issue suit that turns him into a superspy of sorts. Dressed to thrill, he teams up with a rookie agent (Jennifer Love Hewitt, enjoyably awful) to stop a power-mad bottled-water magnate (dull Ritchie Coster). It's always a rush to witness Chan kick and chop his way across the screen, but the film forces him to play second fiddle to the dull effects that allow the suit to come to life. --MB

TWO WEEKS NOTICE (PG-13) Sandra Bullock pratfalls her way through this inane romantic comedy as a klutzy environmental lawyer who reluctantly agrees to work for a millionaire playboy (Hugh Grant), but discovers her true feelings for him only after submitting her titular resignation. The hackneyed script from Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality, Forces of Nature) feels lifted from a handful of better films, and both leads show a "let's-just-go-with-it" kind of resignation. --Tray Butler

WES CRAVEN PRESENTS THEY (PG-13) Robert Harmon, director of the cult suspense film The Hitcher, presents this horror flick about hotties who fear that their "night terrors" suggest that bona fide boogeymen are stalking them.

THE WILD THORNBERRIES MOVIE (PG) With such ambitious animated works as Monsters, Inc. being created specifically for the big screen, it's becoming increasingly hard to justify plunking down hard-earned cash to sit through yet another big-screen adaptation of a currently popular cartoon television series. This time, it's The Wild Thornberrys Movie, a takeoff on the show about a 12-year-old girl who, like Dr. Dolittle, has the ability to talk to the animals. This is basically a glorified TV episode -- not painful, but awfully hard to get excited about. --MB

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