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Clerks II (R)

Director: Kevin Smith. With Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes, Jason Lee. (98 min.)

After the Quick Stop grocery and video store burns to the ground, Dante and Randal (Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson) start work at a burger joint. Yes, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and director-writer Kevin Smith) are still outside selling marijuana. Fans of the original movie will applaud this resumption of their antiheroes' insulting customer service and often outrageously frank gab about life and sex. It's not as fresh and witty as the original, but Rosario Dawson, in the role of the boss who secretly loves Dante, provides a warm center that the first film lacked. Grade: C+
– M.K.Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 14 instances of strong innuendo, 12 scenes of frank talk about sex; 3 scenes with nudity; 1 scene of implied bestiality. Violence: 4 instances. Profanity: 272 strong expressions. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 2 scenes with drinking, 6 with smoking, 3 scenes with drugs.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (PG-13)

Director: Ivan Reitman. With Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Ana Faris. (95 min.)

Ivan Reitman's new comedy begins with a promising premise: A dweeby New York architect (Wilson) falls for a mousy art gallery employee (Thurman) who doubles as the superhero G-Girl. (His first thought when he sees her is, "Now that's what I call structural engineering.") But when she turns clingy and neurotic he dumps her and she uses her powers to retaliate. Hell hath no fury like a superhero scorned. Wilson does his callow good-guy routine (if you close your eyes you'd swear he was his brother, Owen) and Thurman looks as if she'd rather be stalking prey in "Kill Bill." Grade: C–
–Peter Rainer

Sex/Nudity: 12 instances of innuendo, 4 of sex scenes. Violence: 22 instances, mostly cartoonish. Profanity: 5 strong expressions, 32 milder. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 5 scenes with drinking, 1 with smoking, 1 drug reference.

Once In A Lifetime (PG-13)

Director: Paul Crowder and John Dower. With Pelé, Mia Hamm. (97 min.)

Pro soccer in the US received a huge boost in the 1970s when Warner Communications head Steve Ross wooed the great Pelé to his fledgling Cosmos, but only after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made overtures to the soccer star's home country of Brazil. Ross continued recruiting stars from around the world until his team was regularly filling Giants Stadium. Through interviews with former players, coaches, and company officials, as well as archival footage, the film traces the club's amazing rise and ultimate disintegration. It may also help soccer know-nothings understand what all the fuss is about. Grade: B
– M.K.T

Sex/Nudity: 12 instances of innuendo, 4 of sex scenes. Violence: 22 instances, mostly cartoonish. Profanity: 5 strong expressions, 32 milder. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 5 scenes with drinking, 1 with smoking, 1 drug reference.

Still in Release
The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13)

Director: Gore Verbinski. With Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. (150 min.)

The surprise success of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" was due almost entirely to Johnny Depp's campy, vampy portrayal of Capt. Jack Sparrow. In the disappointing sequel, Depp doesn't figure in a large part of the action. Instead, we are given interminable scenes featuring Will (Bloom) and Elizabeth (Knightley), who are arrested on their wedding day for facilitating Jack's escape from the law. This is a franchise movie – a product – that is pretending to be a lot hipper than it is. Grade: B–
– P.R.

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