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November 5, 2004

Alfie (R)

Director: Charles Shyer. With Jude Law, Susan Sarandon, Omar Epps, Marisa Tomei. (103 min.)

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Sterritt *** Remake of the 1966 comedy-drama that put Michael Caine on the movie-world map with his portrayal of a womanizing scoundrel who eventually realizes he doesn't know "what it's all about," as the title song put it. Law is lively and Shyer keeps the action hopping with help from the movie's original gimmick of having Alfie keep up a running monologue to the audience.

Bear Cub (Not rated)

Director: Miguel Albaladejo. With José Luis García-Pérez, David Castillo, Arno Chevrier, Mario Arias. (92 min.)

Sterritt *** When his mother travels far from home and gets in trouble with the law, a 9-year-old boy is cared for by his uncle, a gay dentist, and the uncle's gaggle of unusual friends. A compassionate, life-affirming Spanish comedy-drama. In Spanish with subtitles.

Farmingville (Not rated)

Directors: Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini. With residents of Farmingville, N.Y. (78 min.)

Sterritt **** Documentary about a Long Island town where violence flared when Mexican laborers moved there and waited for work on public streets and sidewalks. Illuminating and alarming. In English and Spanish with subtitles.

The Incredibles (PG)

Director: Brad Bird. With voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell. (115 min.)

Sterritt *** See review at right.

Magnifico (Not rated)

Director: Maryo J. de los Reyes. With Albert Martinez, Lorna Tolentino, Mark Gil, Gloria Romero. (124 min.)

Sterritt ** A 9-year-old boy in the Philippines faces his dysfunctional family with an indomitable spirit and unquenchable good nature. Amiable, though much too long. In Tagalog with subtitles.

On the Waterfront (Not rated)

Director: Elia Kazan. With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger. (108 min.)

Sterritt *** Brando made one of his most indelible impressions in this relentlessly dramatic, ever-controversial tale of loyalty and betrayal in the world of working-class unions, first released in 1954. A classic.

Saw (R)

Director: James Wan. With Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Monica Potter, Danny Glover. (103 min.)

Sterritt *** It's a hacksaw rather than a chain saw this time, but there's gore, gore, and more gore as two strangers find themselves trapped in a madman's multiple-murder scheme. Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 21 scenes, mostly graphic. Profanity: 51 expressions, mostly strong. Drugs: 2 instances of smoking.

Enduring Love (R)

Director: Roger Michell. With Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy. (100 min.)

Sterritt *** A professor is dogged by an eccentric loner who's convinced some kind of divine spark has passed between them and welded their lives together. The story is intriguing and the acting is excellent, but the substance of Ian McEwan's original novel has been reduced from a multifaceted exploration of human affection to a stalker yarn with oddly homophobic overtones. The movie's mannered camera work doesn't help.

Friday Night Lights (PG-13)

Director: Peter Berg. With Billy Bob Thornton, Garrett Hedlund. (117 min.)