THE CHOCOLATE WAR - At a rigidly run Roman Catholic school, a secret society of students has an on-and-off war with an obsessive administrator who sees a fund-raising candy sale as a referendum on his own authority. There's nothing new about using a private school as a metaphor for a corrupt society, and the story recalls a number of earlier films from ``Zero de conduit'' and ``If...'' to ``Another Country'' and even ``The Devil's Playground.'' But filmmaker Keith Gordon is a new and original voice in American movies, with a spare and elliptical style that carries the story past its corny and overstated moments. The cast is strong, and John Glover is in top form as the administrator. (Rated R) THE NAKED GUN - ``From the Files of Police Squad!'' comes this farce by the team that gave us ``Airplane!'' a few years ago. The action isn't as consistently funny or surprising this time, but there's a lot of laughter to be found between the merely crude moments, and this is the only holiday-season picture that has Reggie Jackson trying to assassinate the Queen of England. Directed by David Zucker, who wrote the screenplay with Pat Proft and his regular partners, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams. (Rated PG-13) OLIVER & COMPANY - A dazzling Disney cartoon, with laugh-out-loud dialogue and eye-popping animation. Loosely based on Dickens's great ``Oliver Twist,'' the story takes place in Manhattan and stars a gang of animated animals who recall their Dickensian models in only the most charming ways. There's also a pair of loudly hissable villains. Some moments are uncomfortably reminiscent of ``Lady and the Tramp'' and ``101 Dalmatians,'' but the movie seems fresh enough overall. Year after year, the Disney magic lives on. This one could become a classic. (Rated G) SCROOGED - Why does Bill Murray shout all the time? This modern-day rehash of ``A Christmas Carol'' would be a lot more likable if it weren't so relentlessly loud and vocally vulgar. Richard Donner directed the overcooked comedy about a TV executive who learns a lesson in human kindness from three ghostly Christmas Eve visitors. Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donoghue wrote the screenplay, which has some funny ideas and snappy lines that get lost in the too-frantic atmosphere. (Rated PG-13) TEQUILA SUNRISE - Trite, ham-handed crime drama about two men, a cop and a drug dealer, who've been friends since their schooldays but are now on a collision course, partly because they've fallen in love with the same woman. Slickly directed by Robert Towne from his own surprisingly clumsy screenplay. (Rated R) RATINGS: Films with ratings other than G may contain varying degrees of vulgar language, nudity, sex, and violence.

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