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February 4, 2005

Assisted Living (Not rated)

Director: Elliot Greenebaum. With Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Riley, Hance Purcell, Kathy Hogan. (77 min.)

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Sterritt *** Comedy-drama about a lackadaisical young man who works in a nursing home and develops a complicated friendship with a sadly disoriented old woman who lives there. Gently filmed, quietly thoughtful, sometimes almost heartbreaking.

Freak Weather (Not rated)

Director: Mary Kuryla. With Jacqueline McKenzie, John Carrol Lynch, Aida Turturro, John Heard. (89 min.)

Sterritt ** A young woman seeks a measure of emotional stability for herself and her young son during a turbulent two days. A promising feature-film debut.

Rory O'Shea Was Here (R)

Director: Damien O'Donnell. With James McAvoy, Brenda Fricker, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai. (104 min.)

Sterritt *** Two disabled Irishmen, one too introverted and the other too extroverted, learn to live independent lives. Superbly acted.

Swimming Upstream (PG-13)

Director: Russell Mulcahy. With Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Tim Draxl, Jesse Spencer. (98 min.)

Sterritt *** Drama based on the early life of a real Australian swimming champion who rose to success despite domestic challenges posed by his alcoholic father, his abused mother, and his brother, who's his keenest competitor as well as his best friend. Rush and Davis shine, and the drama is engrossingly told until it turns sadly sentimental in the last minutes.

Watermarks (Not rated)

Director: Yaron Zilberman. With Trude Hirschler, Elisheva Susz, Hanni Lux, Greta Stanton. (77 min.)

Sterritt *** Israeli documentary about a Jewish women's swimming team during the Nazi era. Not a great movie, but contains fascinating historical material.

The Wedding Date (PG-13)

Director: Clare Kilner. With Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Davenport, Amy Adams. (89 min.)

Sterritt * See review.

Aliens of the Deep (G)

Directors: James Cameron, Steven Quale. (47 min.)

Sterritt **** Cameron pursues the undersea fascinations that led him to make "Titanic" in this Imax 3-D documentary about the astounding things one finds in deep-sea exploration, and how such discoveries help pave the way for exploration in other parts of the solar system. A treat for the eyes, although the ratio of genuine oceanographic material to animated space-travel fantasy could have been stronger.

Are We There Yet? (PG)

Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long.(95 min.)

Sterritt ** You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to bear. At least there's a heartwarming end to the excursion.

S/N: 2 instances of innuendo. 14 scenes of comic violence. P: 4 mild profanities. D: 1 scene with alcohol.

Assault on Precinct 13 (R)

Director: Jean-Fran├žois Richet. With Ethan Hawke, Maria Bello, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo. (109 min.)

Sterritt ** Remake of John Carpenter's popular 1976 thriller about a broken-down jailhouse under siege by a gang of very bad guys. The cast is impressive, but admirers of the original will miss its crisp, clean style.

The Aviator (PG-13)