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THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (PG-13) An elderly Frenchwoman and her obese dog face harrowing yet ridiculous obstacles to rescue her bicyclist grandson from French mobsters. Like a Gallic "Wallace & Gromit," this French cartoon feature superbly embraces silent movie-style slapstick and deadpan character animation. The film's bouncy, haunting music have justly earned it a Best Song Oscar nomination. Playing with the Oscar-nominated short "Destino," a posthumously-completed collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. At Landmark Midtown Art Cinema--CH

21 GRAMS (R) Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's (Amores Perros) drama is an anguished meditation on the mess and guilt left behind when a tragedy unites three disparate strangers. A grieving drug addict (Naomi Watts), an ex-con turned Jesus freak (Benicio Del Toro) and a gravely ill man (Sean Penn) waiting for a heart transplant find their lives intersecting in a film that recalls the tapestried existential angst of Magnolia. The film features a genuinely tortured, magnetic turn by Del Toro, whose fascinating character should have had his own movie. 21 Grams is overburdened by its melodramatic meltdowns and actorly moments that spell out the traumas in far too broad gestures.--FF

WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! (PG-13) If you want to pretend the last 50 years never happened, you'll enjoy this retro comedy about a wise but not worldly gal (Kate Bosworth) from an idealized Middle America who finds herself torn between a city feller (Josh Duhamel) and the sweet homeboy (Topher Grace) who secretly loves her. Robert Luketic's tribute to naiveté is better than the average January release, but proves a disappointing follow-up to Legally Blonde.--SW

YOU GOT SERVED (PG-13) Omarion of B2K and Marques Houston play best friends who have a falling out on the way to the big dance competition in a clichéd drama that makes all the wrong moves when it leaves the dance floor. Some of the dancing is off the chain but the production values would keep a music video off the air. -- SW

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