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Along Came a Spider

STARRING: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott

Freeman reprises his "Kiss the Girls" role as forensic detective Alex Cross and strives mightily to make this mystery yarn about the kidnapping of a senator's daughter less slack than it is. (Rated R for violence, profanity.) DVD available.

Amores Perros

STARRING: Emilio Echevarria, Goya Toldo, Gael Garcia Bernal

The Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee from Mexico is a blistering debut by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He intertwines lives around three episodes connected by a car crash. Spanish with English subtitles. (Not rated, but includes violence, sex, profanity.)

Kingdom Come

STARRING: LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Vivica A. Fox

A funeral at which the deceased isn't mourned is the focus for a catty family gathering that's fitfully amusing. (Rated PG.) DVD available.

A Knight's Tale

STARRING: Heath Ledger, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell

Deliberately anachronistic and anarchic coming-of-age yarn that transposes the contemporary high school social order (as in outsiders versus insiders) to medieval society, where a vassal (Ledger) poses as a knight to play in royal tournaments.(Rated PG-13 for violent jousting, discreet nudity.) DVD available.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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