Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 04/05/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/2004 01:00AM

Mayor of the Sunset Strip

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An intriguing but ultimately sad documentary about Rodney Bingenheimer, a longtime rock deejay in L.A. who lives to serve the famous. (R)

Ned Kelly

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A legendary figure in Australia, Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger) was a criminal turned folk hero, clad in homemade armor, who battled it out against police in the late 1800s. This sympathetic version of his life portrays Kelly more as put-upon Robin Hood than desperado but fails to stir much interest. A glowering Orlando Bloom appears as a member of his gang, and Naomi Watts plays a rich married lady with whom Kelly enjoys a quick tumble. (R)

Never Die Alone

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A stylishly shot urban gangster drama, Die chronicles the rise and fall of a drug dealer (rapper DMX) who pushes heroin and mistreats girlfriends in New York City and L.A. While director Ernest Dickerson (Bones) gives the movie lots of energy and a gritty beauty, in the end it's a familiar tale. Barbershop's Michael Ealy is affecting as a young man with a secret but disappears for a large chunk of the film. (R)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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Another round of ghost-busting with the kids and their computer-animated hound. Marginally better than the first, mostly because Freddie Prinze Jr. has let his hair grow out and it's a good look for him. (PG)

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