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Director: Jon Shear. With Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Matt Keeslar, Barbara Sukowa, Lothaire Bluteau, Josh Hamilton, Gerry Bamman. (105 min.)
Sterritt ** City life and urban legends as seen through the eyes of a gay man wandering the streets of New York, where he encounters an assortment of friends and foes. The story evokes a lot of varied emotions, but none runs more than an inch below skin deep.
You Can Count on Me (R)
Director: Kenneth Lonergan. With Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Rory Culkin. (109 min.)
Sterritt *** This deftly directed comedy-drama focuses on the infrequently examined subject of emotional relations between a grown-up brother and sister - in this case, a successful businesswoman and an immature drifter whose lives take on new complexity when he wanders back to the town where they grew up. Wittily written and deliciously acted, Lonergan's debut film is a clear cut above the average.
The Little Vampire (PG)
Director: Ulrich Edel. With Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant, and Jim Carter, Alice Krige. (95 min.)
Staff **1/2 We humans have gotten it all wrong lo these many centuries. Vampires just want to be like us. The movie's eight-year-old hero, Tony (Lipnicki) and his friendship with a vampire his own age, make this all apparent. The first Harry Potter knock-off is a mixed bag of great special effects, endearing innocence, and some realistic vampire scenes (albeit cows replace humans as the object of the blood-suckers) and the usual Hollywood backhand at Christianity. Do you bring your eight-year- old to this movie? Only if you already let him or her watch the full melange of horror flicks on late night TV. Be ready for nightmares if you do. By Jim Bencivenga
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 16 instances, including vampire attacks, bad dreams, bullying, and 2 implied murders. Profanity: None. Drugs: 4 instances of cigar smoking and 1 scene of drinking.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (R)
Director: Joe Berlinger. With Kim Director, Jeffrey Donovan, Erica Leerhsen, Stephen Baker Turner. (90 min.)
Sterritt * This sequel to the hugely popular "Blair Witch Project" peeps at a group of adventurous young folks exploring the spooky woods where their ill-starred predecessors met a mysterious doom. The original was overrated but this follow-up is downright awful, acted and directed with a pumped-up clunkiness that makes the first film's deliberately amateurish air seem positively professional by comparison. Berlinger should stick with the moody documentaries that made him an important player on the independent-film scene.
Staff DUD Wake me when it's over, nightmarish, head for the exits!
Sex/Nudity: 6 scenes of nudity and 1 shot of nude male backside. Violence: 28 scenes, including lots of gory stabbings, a miscarriage, a hanging, and a girl eating a dead owl with dripping blood. Profanity: 106 expressions. Drugs: 9 scenes with cigarettes, 3 scenes with marijuana, and 8 instances of alcohol.
Charlie's Angels (PG-13)
Director: McG. With Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Tim Curry, Sam Rockwell, Kelly Lynch, LL Cool J, Crispin Glover, John Forsythe. (98 min.)