The Fluffer (R) A gay porn star who's actually straight finds himself in the middle of a lopsided sex triangle that consists of his stripper girlfriend and the obsessed young man who lands a gig as the porn star's fluffer. If you're not sure what a fluffer actually is, it's probably better not to ask. Stars Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio and Roxanne Day. Opens July 5 at Regal Channelside 9.
Hey Arnold! The Movie (PG) The nice little kid with the big, football-shaped head from the Nickelodeon cartoon gets his very first feature-length movie — and with any luck, it'll be his last. Hey Arnold! The Movie is bland, lifeless stuff about a couple of kids playing spy games in order to save their neighborhood from being bulldozed to make way for a new megamall. A handful of characters are momentarily interesting — a monobrowed little girl whose hate for our hero is just as obsessive as her love and an evil developer who looks and sounds just like a young Ronald Reagan — but the movie is dull and cheaply drawn, with an animation style and narrative equally lacking in personality. Featuring the voices of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Lloyd and Paul Sorvino, believe it or not.
The Importance of Being Earnest (PG) Oscar Wilde's signature piece was, in its day, the ultimate case of identity both mistaken and assumed, but the play is also the ultimate bauble — and frankly, it hasn't aged particularly well. The Importance of Being Earnest still contains some of the wittiest one-liners around — most of which survive in this latest film version — but the plot machinations just seem sillier and more convoluted with each passing decade. Director Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband) does his best to goose things up with fantasy interludes and a sprinkling of modern flourishes, but most of it just seems overly coy and obviously transplanted.
Insomnia (R) Unlike Memento, the movie that unfolded in reverse and put director Christopher Nolan on the map, the filmmaker's new project propels its story forward in a relentlessly linear manner. Insomnia is one of the darker films you'll see this year, but it's also one of the brightest, with the movie taking place in Alaska during that time of year when the sun hovers in the sky for 24 hours a day. Al Pacino stars as a cop who makes some very bad decisions and then becomes so sleep-deprived that he is unable to tell when he's crossed the line from good guy to bad guy. Even at his most dislikable, Pacino's character is just a little too easy to like, and never quite makes the transformation from wise, folksy hero cop to the reptilian Anti-Serpico that would have made this a much creepier and more interesting movie. Also stars Hilary Swank, Robin Williams, Maura Tierney and Martin Donovan.
Juwanna Mann (PG-13) Dull-witted, low-brow comedy about a selfish, arrogant pro basketball star who gets suspended for his nasty ways, only to resurface in drag as a player in the women's league. Tootsie it ain't. Every move the film makes is telegraphed from a mile away, the plot holes are the size of Montana, the humor is mostly crude and stupid, and the obligatory love angle (our hero/heroine falls for a beautiful teammate) is as predictable and insipid as just about everything else about the movie. Only Tommy Davidson as a lovesick, silver-toothed rapper is worth watching. Also stars Miguel A. Nunez Jr, Vivica A. Fox, Kim Wayans and Kevin Pollak.
Lilo and Stitch (PG) Another hit from the Disney team, although not quite out of the ballpark. Lilo and Stitch is basically a brightened-up, kid-friendly reinvention of the Frankenstein story, in which a manmade monster (or, in this case, alien-created critter) comes to grips with his own, um, uniqueness and, in the process, finds something not unlike a soul. Disney's extraterrestrial Frankenstein is Stitch, a big-eyed, genetically altered experiment who crash lands on earth and hooks up with a lonely little Hawaiian girl named Lilo. Disney keeps the cute stuff and the musical interludes to a minimum this time, and, even though neither Lilo nor Stitch ranks among the studio's most memorable characters, there's more than enough here to keep most viewers perfectly happy for the better part of 90 minutes. Featuring the voices of Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames and Jason Scott Lee.