Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT


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John Leguizamo scores in an atmospheric drama by playing a strutting television reporter investigating a serial killer in Ecuador. Despite the exotic setting, the movie feels familiar. (R)



A determinedly wacky Australian picture about zombies that seems destined for midnight showings. (R)

War of the Worlds

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Tom Cruise tries to save himself and his two children (Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning) when hostile aliens start mowing down Earthlings. Relentlessly frightening (don't take kids under 12) until it gets silly at the end. Steven Spielberg, who knows what he's doing, directed. (PG-13)

Howl's Moving Castle

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A magical animated offering by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) features a spunky teenage heroine in love with a handsome wizard. (PG)

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