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MASKED AND ANONYMOUS (PG-13) Like other vanity projects, this Bob Dylan co-written opus has the stink of narcissism all over it. The same magnetic but self-absorbed aura that established the cult of Dylan in Don't Look Back remains in this post-apocalyptic political allegory with very little to truly say. Dylan is a washed up singer attempting to resurrect his career with an ill-conceived benefit concert. The stars who signed on -- including Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Mickey Rourke -- might have thought they'd find safety in numbers but get an overburdened sinking ship. At Landmark Midtown Cinema. --FF

THE MEDALLION (PG-13) This season's Jackie Chan picture finds the aging martial arts virtuoso trapped in a disaster of a Hong Kong film. Chan plays a HK police officer who teams with Interpol agents Lee Evans and Claire Forlani to protect a child, who possesses a magical/mystical medallion, from a megalomaniacal ne'er-do-well (Julian Sands). The heavily edited and manipulated action scenes can't redeem Evans' lame Jerry-Lewis -meets-French Stewart slapstick or Chan and Forlani's romantic hamming. For Chan fans only. --AS

MY BOSS'S DAUGHTER (PG-13) The old Risky Business plan gets a bad-taste makeover in David Zucker's faux Farrelly farce that may have been funny on paper but falls flat on the screen. Tom (Ashton Kutcher) wants to get ahead at work and date Lisa (Tara Reid), the daughter of his boss (Terence Stamp). Things seem to fall into place when Tom's asked to mind Stamp's pet owl. After drugs, thugs and would-be zanies run into the house and the owl flies out, the house can be repaired but the movie can't. --SW

NORTHFORK (PG-13) If Ingmar Bergman made Northfork it would be hailed as a masterpiece, but when a film is in English, Americans expect to understand it (unless David Lynch made it). Written by twins Mark and Michael Polish (Michael directed), it takes place in 1955 during the 48 hours before a hydroelectric dam floods Northfork, Montana. Government agents encourage the remaining citizens to leave, while four reappearing angels may exist only in the dreams of a dying orphan. The visually amazing film too often seems like weirdness for its own sake. At Madstone Theatre Parkside. --SW

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