Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Ellie Parker [STARS 2.5]

Naomi Watts (above, with Chevy Chase) is ferociously good in an astute little comedy about the misadventures of a self-involved, scatterbrained actress from Australia who's trying to make it in Hollywood. Shot in a faux cinema verité style, the film is knowing about what it takes to fake it 'til you make it. (Not rated)

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic [STARS 1.5]

Stand-up comic Sarah Silverman (below), whose schtick always has been that she's a sassy looker with a penchant, for saying the unsayable, delivers a filmed version of her live act, throwing in a few costumed sketches that fall woefully flat. She is so pleased with talking naughty that one just longs to tell her to grow up already and get over herself. (Not rated)

Breakfast on Pluto [STARS 2]

A picaresque comedy tracking the adventures of Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Cillian Murphy, above), an Irish transvestite, wears out its whimsy a while before our young hero finds his happy ending. While director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) manages some affecting moments (Kitten finally meeting his real mother), much of it goes nowhere. Liam Neeson costars. (R)

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