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Staff * When Ruby and Rhett Baker's parents die in a mysterious car accident, they are taken under the legal guardianship of Erin and Terry Glass. It isn't long until Ruby - played by the ever-sullen Leelee Sobieski - realizes there's something creepy about their adoptive parents. This is one of those thrillers where lightning flashes in a dark house; where the girl drops the car keys just as the baddie is approaching the vehicle; where there's a false ending because the killer has to be killed twice. 'The Glass House' is too transparent to be effective. By Stephen Humphries

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Glitter (PG-13)

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall. With Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley, Kyle Thrash.

Staff * To say that the 1990s were kind to Mariah Carey would be an understatement. She sold more than 150 million albums, produced 15 No. 1 hits, and earned multiple Grammys. But converting that high-level success into box-office gold is another story. In this flimsy star vehicle, Carey plays a back-up singer who is discovered by a top New York DJ. She signs a big record deal, falls in love, writes some hit ballads, and then complications arise. Mariah can't act - but she sure can sing. By Lisa Leigh Parney

VS/N: 1 scene of innuendo. VV: 4 scenes. VP: 11 expressions, sometimes harsh. VD: 6 with smoking, 1 with alcohol.

Hardball (PG-13)

Director: Brian Robbins. With Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawk, D.B. Sweeney. (90 min.)

Staff **1/2 His life threatened by bookies, Connor O'Neill (Reeves) agrees in desperation to coach Little League. Initially, O'Neill's only reason for coaching is to collect his weekly check. But the harsh realities of life in the projects won't let him, or the viewer, remain callous for long. Meanwhile, the young cast of "Hardball" pitches laughs and tears, making sure both you and O'Neill think twice about how to live. By Nathan Smith

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (R)

Director: Kevin Smith. With Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Shannon Elizabeth, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock. (99 min.)

Staff * The title characters have appeared regularly in Smith comedies like "Dogma" and "Chasing Amy," and they take over the story here, traveling to Hollywood to register their protest that Miramax is making a movie about them. There are enough four-letter words and sex gags to stock a dozen ordinary movies, and even fans may find the jokes too repetitive to be much fun.

Jeepers Creepers (R)

Director: Victor Salva. With Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Eileen Breenan.

Staff * Trish (Philips) and her brother, Darry, (Long) are heading home from college by car. They soon encounter a hideous and evil creature that's part bird, who likes to sniff laundry, spread his huge wings, and eat people. Many scenes caused this reviewer to laugh out loud. By Lisa Leigh Parney

VS/N: 1 scene of naked dead bodies. VV: 10, including bloody scenes of bodies torn apart, and head decapitations. VP: 40 expressions, sometimes harsh. VD: None.

The Musketeer (PG-13)

Director: Peter Hyams. With Justin Chambers, Tim Roth, Mena Suvari, Catherine Deneuve. (106 min.)

Staff ** Great swordplay; terrible wordplay. That's the lowdown on the latest movie adaptation of the Alexander Dumas tale in which D'Artagnan, a valiant swordsman, rallies France's musketeers to protect the throne from the political machinations of Cardinal Richelieu (Rea). Justin Chambers shows not one iota of charisma in the lead role, and Mena Suvari isn't very interesting as the obligatory love interest. The fencing choreography, however, does manage to out-Zorro "Zorro." By Stephen Humphries

The Others (PG-13)

Director: Alejandro Amenábar. With Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Eric Sykes. (104 min.)

Sterritt ** A war widow, her little boy, and their new servants dwell amid the mysteries of what may be a very haunted house. This is a sometimes subtle exercise in ghostly doings. Kidman is a bit stiff as the increasingly anxious matriarch, though, and Amenábar's filmmaking is sadly short on surprises.

Staff *1/2 Unoriginal twist, great ghost story, slow.

VS/N: 1 scene of implied sex. VV: 10 scary scenes. VP: 2 mild expressions. VD: 2 scenes of pilltaking.

The Princess Diaries (G)
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