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updated 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/10/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

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Poor Jim Caviezel. Though he has short hair and wears natty 1920s outfits throughout this pedestrian biopic about golfing legend Bobby Jones, one can't help thinking of The Passion of the Christ star Caviezel as Jesus playing his way through 18 holes. Maybe it's because Jones suffers so much. A precocious talent, he first had to master a nasty temper and then overcome a series of mysterious, nagging illnesses to become the only golfer ever to win what was then the game's grand slam (the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and British Open), all within four months in 1930. (PG)

Envy

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This hopelessly flat comedy must have read funny on the page to attract Ben Stiller and Jack Black as its leads and Barry Levinson (Sleepers) as its director, but it sure doesn't amuse on the screen. Black and Stiller portray neighbors who toil in dreary white-collar jobs at the same factory. When Black makes a fortune upon inventing Vapoorize, a spray that makes dog waste disappear, Stiller becomes crazy jealous. Stiller and Black flail pointlessly in clumsy comic scenes. Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler and Christopher Walken costar. (PG-13)

Since Otar Left

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A lovely film that works on two levels (as drama and political metaphor) and in three tongues (French, Russian and Georgian, with English subtitles). An old lady in an ex-Soviet republic longs for word from her absent son. When he dies, her daughter and granddaughter don't tell her. Then she decides they'll all go to Paris to visit him. Wonderfully acted. (Not rated)

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