Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 09/06/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Benji Off the Leash!

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The latest shaggy-dog story in the 30-year-old series is about a boy, his dog and their struggles against the child's abusive step-father, who runs a puppy mill. Warmhearted but bedraggled. (PG)


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Based on an inspiring true story, this German WWII drama tells how Christian women wed to Jewish men tried to persuade the Nazis to free their imprisoned husbands. The story itself is fascinating, but the filmmarking too often is flat-footed. (PG-13)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement


Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews return in a tried Andrews return in a tired sequel. And could fictional Genovia look any tackier? (G)

Almost Peaceful

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A Jewish tailor, his family and shop employees settle back into the rhythms of Parisian life after the Nazi occupation. Modest but sweetly beguiling. (Not rated)

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