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UPDATED 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Control Room

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This fascinating documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com) takes an up-close look at how the Arab television news network al-Jazeera covered the buildup to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the early months of the war. It raises worthwhile questions about the biases built into the reporting by American news outlets as well as by al-Jazeera. (Not rated)

Mean Girls

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Lindsay Lohan shines in a sharp if uneven comedy about how nasty high school girls can be. Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, who wrote the script based on a non-fiction book, costars. (PG-13)

Troy

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The battles, particularly those featuring the mighty Achilles (Brad Pitt) going mano a mano with an enemy, are bracing in an otherwise middling epic about the Trojan War.(R)

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