Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Squid and the Whale

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In the mid-1980s, a teenage boy's world crumbles when his writer parents (Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) announce they're splitting up. This coming-of-age story, which also stars Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline (son of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates), is smart, artfully observed and beautifully acted. Noah Baumbach wrote and directed. (R)

Waiting

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The waiters (Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long) and cooks (Luis Guzmán) in a crude comedy set at a restaurant spend their shift seeking opportunities to covertly flash their genitals and make coworkers look. Some fun, huh? Despite a few laughs, this one is a long way from sizzling. (R)

The Greatest Game Ever Played

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A likable sports movie tells the true story of the face-off between 20-year-old American Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) and legendary English champion Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) at the U.S. Open golf tournament in 1913. (PG)

Little Manhattan

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A 10-year-old boy (Josh Hutcherson) in Manhattan falls hard for a classmate (Charlie Ray). Will she return his affections? The agony and the ecstasy of first love are sweetly captured in a cute comedy fit for family audiences. Cynthia Nixon and Bradley Whitford costar. (PG)

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