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Dragonfly (PG-13) Kevin Costner stars in what must be his shortest movie in a decade as Dr. Joe Donner, whose wooden mask of a face is well suited for a man grieving the death of his wife and soulmate. Early on, Dragonfly feels like a simplistic but truly felt story about grieving and moving on ... until it turns into a combination of The Sixth Sense (children are seeing Joe's dead wife) and What Dreams Will Come.

—Greg Gipson(

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG) The quintessential Steven Spielberg project — although far from his best movie — returns to theaters on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, complete with a smattering of unseen footage, new computer-generated enhancements and a digitally remixed soundtrack. The extra bells and whistles aren't exactly essential, but they do put a distinctly modern shine on what was already an overly glossy opus. (

Frailty (R) Bill Paxton directs and stars in this atmospheric thriller about a family of serial killers who believe they're getting their orders from God himself. Due to scheduling complications, we were only able to preview the film's first half (hence no rating for this not-quite review), but just on the basis of that initial hour, Frailty promises to be a creepy and engrossing experience. Also stars Matthew McConaughy. Opens April 12 at local theaters.

(Not Reviewed)

Gosford Park (PG-13) Just a few years shy of his eighth decade of life, Robert Altman has ventured into virgin territory once more in Gosford Park, although the results lack the fire and sheer imagination of Altman's best works. Gosford Park is Altman's spin on one of those English dramas where a bunch of well-heeled types congregate at someone's swanky country estate for the weekend and, eventually, someone gets murdered. Stars Emily Watson, Ryan Phillippe, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Jeremy Northam and Alan Bates.(

High Crimes (PG-13) Everything's coming up roses for successful, attractive, happily married yuppie lawyer Claire (Ashley Judd) — that is, until she discovers that her sweet, reliable hubby (Jim Caviezel) has been leading a double life and now finds himself on trial for participating in a military massacre in El Salvador many years ago. Claire comes to hubby's rescue and signs on as his attorney, and clues pointing to a massive military conspiracy and cover-up quickly follow. There are way too many implausible plot points and predictable turns in this atypically ham-fisted effort from director Carl Franklin (One False Move), but the film's really no worse than your standard made-for-cable thriller. (

Human Nature (R) See Film.(

Ice Age (PG) Not many surprises await but there are pleasures enough in this good-looking, pleasantly slapstick-y 20th Century Fox animation about a band of mismatched animals on a trek to return an abandoned human infant to its rightful guardians. Features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary.(

Iris (R) A flawed but beautifully acted memory piece about, among other things, how memory betrayed a brilliant woman. Based on a true story, Iris is the tale of the 40-year relationship between eccentric English intellectuals John Bayley and Iris Murdoch, a writer whose exceptional mind eventually surrendered to the ravages of Alzheimer's. (John Q (PG-13) This shrill, preachy two-hour commercial for National Health Care is a major disappointment from everyone involved. Denzel Washington stars as the title character, a decent but down-on-his-luck dad who takes an emergency room hostage when he finds his insurance won't cover an expensive heart transplant operation for his adorable little son. The movie's righteously indignant heart is certainly in the right place, but John Q unintentionally verges on caricature. (

Kissing Jessica Stein (R) This highly touted but extremely airy date movie begins by detailing the efforts of nice Jewish girl Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt) in finding the right guy. When, after repeated attempt, poor Jessica can't seem to locate Mr. Right, she simply does a slight adjustment to the parameters of her search and leaps, lips first, into a quest for Ms. Right. The search begins and ends with downtown girl/lipstick lesbian Helen (Heather Juergensen, who also wrote the screenplay, along with Westfeldt), and the film is at its best sketching the early, tentative moments of their relationship/ The film is relentlessly and often overbearingly cute, though, and Westfeldt's aren't-I-adorable, ditzy shtick gets old fast (she's basically Lisa Kudrow doing a fluttery Annie Hall-era Diane Keaton).(

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