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UPDATED 06/07/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/07/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

Baadasssss!

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In an artful variation on a biopic, director-writer-star Mario Van Peebles pays loving but clear-eyed homage to his father, Melvin Van Peebles (see page 123). Here, the younger Van Peebles re-creates the tumultuous story behind his dad's creation of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), a pioneering effort in black cinema. (R)

Shrek 2

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There are laughs aplenty in this clever sequel about the ill-tempered green ogre and his bride. (PG)

Saved!

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Hypocrisy at a Christian school is satirized in an energetic comedy. There are adept turns by Macaulay Culkin, Eva Amurri and—big surprise—Mandy Moore (see page 109) as a conniving Goody Two-Shoes. (PG-13)

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