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GUESS WHO (PG-13) In this race-versed remake of 1968´s famed mixed-marriage comedy Guess Who´s Coming to Dinner, Bernie Mac plays a temperamental dad nonplussed by her daughter´s white boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher). Apart from a handful of intriguingly tense scenes, the remake avoids the complexities of race in America to become little more than a rip-off of Meet the Parents. Mac´s slow-burning presence and moments of effortless cool give Guess Who what little soul it has. CH
HITCH (PG-13) It´s a rare director and actor who can handle the contrapuntal demands of romantic comedy. As inoffensively lovable as Will Smith is, he makes a far better class clown than a love-burned romantic lead. ¨Hitch¨ is a Manhattan matchmaker schooling nerdy guys to romance their dream girls who must learn to love again from a newspaper gossip columnist (a brittle Eva Mendes). When Hitch coasts on factory-assembled comic convention (black guy teaches white guy how to play it coooool) the film is on firm ground. When it asks Mendes and Smith to summon up some chemistry, and heads toward a canned matrimonial denouement, the fun turns into grueling ordeal. FF
IMAX THEATER: Bugs! (NR) A praying mantis and a butterfly ¨star¨ in this documentary about the insects of the Borneo rainforest some of whom will be magnified 250,000 times their normal size on the IMAX screen. The Living Sea (NR) Humpback whales, golden jellyfish and giant clams star in this documentary about the diversity of undersea life, with music by Sting and narrated by Meryl Streep. (CH) Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu.
THE INTERPRETER (PG-13) Despite the way it uses African genocide as rocket fuel for its thrill ride, Sydney Pollack´s film is a moderately stylish, serviceable drama about a United Nations interpreter (Nicole Kidman) raised in Africa who overhears a murder plot against the leader of her violence-torn African homeland. The Secret Service agent (Sean Penn) who initially thinks she may be involved in the assassination conspiracy transforms into her protector. The fact that Pollack had permission to shoot in the U.N. adds immeasurably to its slick good looks, though the film never follows through on its initial advocacy for peaceniking over warmongering. FF
KING´S RANSOM (PG-13) Plus-sized comedian Anthony Anderson stars in this comedy about an arrogant businessman who engineers his own kidnapping to keep his soon-to-be ex-wife from cashing in on their divorce. In the tradition of Ruthless People, things don´t go according to plan.
KUNG FU HUSTLE (R) Stephen Chow, director of the little-seen but superbly silly Shaolin Soccer, drop-kicks the kung fu genre in this goofy, gravity-defying combo of two-fisted action flick and anything for a laugh parody. Matrix-style computer effects serve inventive, Mad Magazine-style sight gags, in which gangsters break into dance routines and middle-aged dorks turn out to be martial arts masters. If a bit more cartoonish than necessary, Kung Fu Hustle still puts a supersonic spin on the chop-sockey flick. CH
A LOT LIKE LOVE (PG-13) It´s When Ashton Met Amanda in this serendipitous romantic comedy about two young hotties (Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet) who meet on an airplane, declare themselves incompatible, then keep running into each other over the next seven years. I wonder if those crazy kids will finally get together?
MELINDA AND MELINDA (PG-13) Woody Allen sets his comedic instincts head-to-head with his dramatic aspirations in this film that presents roughly the same story twice, alternating between comedic and tragic spins of similar events. Radha Mitchell plays a self-loathing boozehound in one, a sexy free spirit in the other, but in each reveals the fissures in some friends´ marriage. As Woody Allen´s surrogate neurotic wise-cracker, Will Farrell makes the humorous half pleasant enough, but the self-important ¨tragic¨ portion proves weirdly, inhumanly stilted. Melinda and Melinda´s intriguing premise only proves that a lousy tragedy isn´t as good as a passable comedy. CH
MILLIONS (PG) Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) applies his special effect-heavy hand to the story of 7-year-old Damian (a routinely adorable and freckled Alex Etel) whose imaginary friends are Catholic saints. When a bag stuffed with money falls from a passing train, Damian wants to give the windfall to charity and his older brother wants to invest it in real estate. But the saints and the spiritual dilemma of how to spend that money are just two of Boyle´s many passing fancies. He is far more interested in doing visual loop-de-loops and imagining that childhood wonder is best evoked with gee-whiz effects. FF
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