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.
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.)
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