Better Than Chocolate
STARRING: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer.
Freewheeling lifestyle comedy about two young women, an artist and an aspiring writer, who meet cute and are even cuter. 101 minutes. (Rated R for nudity, sex, sexual candor, profanity.)
Mickey Blue Eyes
STARRING: Hugh Grant, James Caan, Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Grant is a fine-arts auctioneer who proposes marriage to a Mob daughter, only to run afoul of her father. 105 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for profanity, gunplay, violence.)
STARRING: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker.
A live-action adaptation of the 1960s TV cartoon, with Fraser as Dudley himself. 83 minutes. (Rated PG for comic violence.)
STARRING: Brendan Sexton 3d, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci.
Sexton, Hudson and Ricci lead an ensemble cast in this study of teen-age ennui, fractured families and the eccentric life of a town that time, or at least commerce, forgot. 90 minutes. (Rated R for adult themes, profanity, teen angst.)
Universal Soldier: The Return
STARRING: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz.
Van Damme is back as Luc Deveraux, now fully humanized. This time, it's up to him to stop the automaton soldiers controlled by a military supercomputer bent on world domination. 83 minutes. (Rated R.)
Dance with the Devil
STARRING: Rosie Perez, James Gandolfini.
A pair of criminals kidnap a young couple and are then charged by a Mafia boss with a bizarre task. 115 minutes. (Unrated.)
DEC. 11: "The Art of Buster Keaton" (10-part series); "The Big Brass Ring"; "The Blood Oranges"; "Detroit Rock City."
DEC. 18: "Animal Farm"; "Bowfinger"; "Twin Falls Idaho"; "The Wood."