Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 11/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/15/2004 01:00AM

Ray

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Jamie Foxx offers what just may be the performance of the year as singer Ray Charles in an entertaining biopic that captures the complexity of the late musical master. Regina King and Kerry Washington costar. (PG-13)

Saw

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In a relentlessly gory horror film, two men (Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell) awaken to find themselves shackled to pipes in a bathroom. A sadistic serial murderer is abducting folks and then forcing his victims to kill themselves in nasty ways (seen in flashbacks). The yuck factor is way too high here. (R)

Brother to Brother

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An ambitious but sketchy drama has a contemporary gay black collegian (Anthony Mackie) befriend an elderly artist who flourished during the 1920s Harlem renaissance. The older gent shows him that the more things change, the more they stay the same. (Not rated)

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