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REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS -- A former cop is shanghaied into a cabal that rubs out powerful bad guys who think they're beyond the law. The action is mostly good-natured, and Joel Gray is fun as the hero's Asian guru, although such ethnic caricatures are always in dubious taste. Directed by Guy Hamilton, who lets the story drag on much too long. (Rated PG-13) SILVER BULLET -- Helped by his family, a wheelchair-bound boy vanquishes a monster. The movie spends more energy celebrating the resourcefulness of the young hero than dishing out mayhem, although there is some; and as usual in a Stephen King yarn, good wins decisively over bad. Directed by Daniel Attias in standard genre style. (Rated R)

A YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN -- In an unsettled Polish territory just after World War II, an introspective American soldier falls in love with a refugee, and their relationship deepens despite their differences of language and background. Sensitively directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, but hampered by a sleepy pace. (Rated PG) RATINGS: Films with ratings other than G may contain varying degrees of vulgar language, nudity, sex, and violence.

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