Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 09/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

COMEDY-DRAMA

Head in the Clouds

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They don't make 'em like this anymore—with good reason. In a heavy-breathing romantic drama, Charlize Theron (above) emotes heartily as a promiscuous Parisian who can't comprehend why her lovers (Stuart Townsend and Penélope Cruz) are so concerned about the rise of fascism and Nazism in Europe in the 1930s. Long on plot, short on sense. (R)

Cellular

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Kim Basinger is a kidnap victim who, while locked in an attic somewhere in LA., resourcefully connects two dangling wires on a smashed phone to reach a stranger (Chris Evans, below) on his cell phone. It's a silly premise riddled with holes, but this suspense thriller rings up enough twists to keep both her would-be rescuer and viewers hanging on. The always dependable William H. Macy earns laughs as an inquisitive cop. (PG-13)

Silver City

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An uneasy mix of political satire and noir thriller, this latest from director-writer John Sayles comes tantalizingly close to brilliance in some scenes but fails to mesh as a whole. Hired to find out if someone is sabotaging a mush-mouthed gubernatorial candidate (Chris Cooper, above, who's hilarious), a journalist turned private eye (Danny Huston) uncovers serious crimes. Daryl Hannah and Kris Kristofferson contribute memorable bits. (R)

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