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updated 08/09/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/09/2004 01:00AM

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The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon (above, with Franka Potente) returns as ex-CIA assassin Jason Bourne in a suspenseful, entertaining sequel to 2002's The Bourne Identity. It's a throwback to the clever spy thrillers with adult appeal that Hollywood used to make, but it's set in the contemporary post-Cold War world and shot with a jumpy visual style that's cutting edge. (PG-13)

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Two recent college grads (John Cho, below left, and Kal Penn) with a case of late-night munchies spend an eventful night seeking an open White Castle in sub-urban New Jersey. A dumb buddy comedy with smarts, this one revels in the clichés of the genre while satirizing them. By casting two Asian-Americans as its leads, Castle plays on stereo-types but turns them inside out as well. Directed by Danny Leiner (Dude, Where's My Car?). (R)

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Intimate Strangers

In an intriguing French film, a woman (Sandrine Bonnaire, below) visits a shrink in Paris and begins telling him her most intimate secrets. When he turns out to be a tax lawyer—she mistakenly entered the wrong office—she continues to unburden herself to him. Patrice Leconte (Man on the Train) directed this winning comedy-drama. (R)

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