Short reviews of movies playing at Tampa Bay area theaters

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13 Ghosts (PG-13) 21rst Century remake of the old William Castle spookfest about a family trapped in the haunted house they've just inherited. Stars F. Murray Abraham, Tony Shalhoub and Shannon Elizabeth.
(Not Reviewed)

Adventures of Felix (R) Picturesque road movie about a young Frenchman named Felix (Sami Bouajila) who hitchhikes from his home in the North to the South of France in search of the father he never knew. This charming but somewhat ephemeral French import offers its share of pleasures primarily as an uncomplicated, virtual travelogue of the French countryside, although it also touches on some weightier stuff, mostly stemming from our hero's identity issues as a gay man and an Arab to boot. The film essentially just follows Felix on his road trip as he encounters one colorful character after another. Structure often feels like an afterthought. Also stars Pierre-Loup Rajot and Patachou. Opens Nov. 2 at Channelside Cinemas. Call theater to confirm.

All Over the Guy (R) A smartly written and briskly entertaining romantic comedy that just happens to be about a couple of gay guys. Dan Bucatinsky (who also wrote the script and the play upon which it's based) stars as unlucky-in-love Eli, who's got the hots for Tom (Richard Ruccolo) a guy who would pretty much be Mr. Right if it weren't for his serious commitment problems. The push-pull of the characters gets a bit predictable and occasionally coy, but All Over the Guy is filled with sharp, witty dialogue that helps us glide through the rocky patches.

Amazing Journeys (PG) IMAX films are about scale, size — from the unfathomably huge (the oceans, the cosmos themselves) to the microscopically small — and this latest IMAX production gives us a little bit to look at from both ends of the spectrum. Amazing Journeys examines the migration habits of various creatures.

Bandits (PG-13) Director Barry Levinson mixes buddy-crime-flick shtick and romantic comedy (a la Ally McBeal) and peppers it with the stylish verite camera moves and music video-style montages he employed in his TV show Homicide. The combination makes for an entertaining, though unevenly paced and overly quirky, two hours of madcap caper fun. The hubbub centers on bank robbers Joe and Terry (Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton) and their sidekick/love interest Kate (Cate Blanchett) who gain notoriety as the Sleepover Bandits. See this movie with an ample suspension of disbelief and tolerance of Hollywood sap, and it'll be well worth your time.
—Julie Garisto

Bones (R) Stylishly lensed but incoherently told horror tale about — as near as we can tell, anyway — a tough but benevolent ghetto boss who returns from the dead when a bunch of teens make the mistake of turning his old hangout into a nightclub. Bones is a vapid, convoluted mishmash of Hellraiser, Candyman and a dozen other, better horror films, and, despite top billing, Snoop Dogg isn't even in the movie very much. That's actually a blessing, since he's pretty awful.

Bread and Tulips (NR) Bored, underappreciated Italian housewife Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) gets separated from her family at a rest stop and uses the opportunity to take a little personal journey that eventually lands her in the magical city of Venice. There she encounters one charming eccentric after another — chief among them a suicidal Icelandic waiter, a cranky anarchist-florist and a flighty, holistic masseuse — and eventually discovers her own sense of self. We've seen variations on this sweet, lighter-than-air story countless times before, but the lovely travelogue footage of Venice and winning performances by Maglietta and Bruno Ganz help hoist it a half-notch above the rest of the pack.

Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (G) Multimedia performance artists/acrobats/magicians Cirque du Soleil find their way to the big screen — the really big screen — in this visually spectacular IMAX 3-D experience. The film's astonishing imagery constitutes an authentic document of Cirque du Soleil in motion, as well as a beautifully poetic tribute to the glory of the human body. At IMAX Channelside.

Corky Romano (PG-13) Goofy-looking vehicle for rubber-faced SNL regular Chris Kattan. The loser son of a Mafioso, Corky must help the family by infiltrating the FBI.
(Not Reviewed)

Domestic Disturbance (PG-13) A cute little kid is terrorized by his evil step dad (Vince Vaughan). Never fear, though: Bio-pop John Travolta is on to him. Also stars Steve Buscemi. Opens Nov. 2 at local theaters
(Not Reviewed)

Don't Say a Word (R) A slickly made but only modestly interesting thriller in which a child psychologist (Michael Douglas) races against time to meet the ransom demanded by his daughter's kidnappers. What Douglas' character needs to do is extract information locked in the mind of a deeply traumatized patient and then convey that info to the bad guys. There's much less here than meets the eye, but there are some passable moments of suspense, and the film is skillfully crafted enough to occasionally give the thin storyline the illusion of substance.

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