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February 6, 2004

Barbershop 2 (PG-13)

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Ice Cube, Eve, Michael Ealy, Queen Latifah. (98 min.)

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Staff **1/2 The crew from the original Barbershop comes back to cut hair, only this time a national chain is trying to shut them down. Sullivan brings forth a narrative that buzzes with energy and sharpness and the actors perform their lines with an earthy vigor, but the film's bare-boned script and mawkish ending keep it from achieving 'shear' brilliance. By Brad Rosenberg

Catch that Kid (PG)

Director: Bart Freundlich. With Kristen Stewart, Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, Jennifer Beals. (92 min.)

Sterritt ** As her father lies ill, a young girl asks two of her preteen pals to get on their go-karts and help her steal a pile of money to pay medical bills - from the same bank where her mother is installing a new security system. There's a little humor, a little suspense, and not a hint of reality. You'll tune out quickly, unless you're 11.

The Dreamers (NC-17)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci. With Michael Pitt, Eva Green. (112 min.)

Sterritt *** See review.

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust (Not Rated)

Director: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky. With Menachem Daum, residents of Israel and Poland. (87 min.)

Sterritt ** Daum travels to Poland with his wife and their skeptical sons in this documentary, hoping to prove that people who are not Orthodox Jews like them are worthy of attention and compassion, even when they live in countries that tolerated Holocaust suffering. In English, Yiddish, and Polish with English subtitles.

Miracle (PG)

Director: Gavin O'Connor. With Kurt Russell, Patrick O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich. (136 min.)

Sterritt ** See review.

Osama (PG-13)

Director: Siddiq Barmak. With Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar, Mohamad Haref Harati. (82 min.)

Sterritt **** See review.

The Return (NR)

Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev. With Ivan Dobronravov, Vladimir Garin, Natalya Vdovina. (106 min.)

Sterritt **** See review.

The Trilogy: An Amazing Couple (NR)

Director: Lucas Belvaux. With Ornella Muti, Fran├žois Morel, Gilbert Melki, Lucas Belvaux. (100 min.)

Sterritt ** The middle movie in Belvaux's three-part series - between "On the Run" and "After the Life" - is a mildly amusing comedy portraying two Belgian couples spying on each other. The mixture of humor, suspense, and ominous undertones is effective but rarely inspired. In French with English subtitles.

Along Came Polly (PG-13)

Director: John Hamburg. With Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing. (90 min.)

Sterritt * A neurotically cautious man (Stiller) gets cheated on by his wife (Messing) during their honeymoon, whereupon he inexplicably starts chasing a woman (Aniston) whose life philosophy is the opposite of his. If you can swallow that premise, you may be able to tolerate the crass humor and weak acting.

The Big Bounce (PG-13)

Director: George Armitage. With Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Sara Foster, Charlie Sheen. (82 min.)