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UPDATED 06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

Sex and the City 2

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon | R |

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ROMANTIC COMEDY

It's beautiful that these women still have each other-especially since it's getting harder to see how anyone else can stand them. Granted, Miranda's (Nixon) boss issues and Charlotte's (Davis) mommy meltdown are relatable, but Carrie's (Parker) self-manufactured drama and Samantha's (Cattrall) willingness to drop her panties whenever, wherever, aren't charming anymore. Trouble blooms in Abu Dhabi, where the ladies enjoy eye-gouging opulence thanks to Samantha's client, then repay him by being ugly, entitled Americans. This tone-deaf travelogue (all two hours, 23 minutes of it) disappoints, though hardcore SATC fans may want to risk it for Liza Minnelli's brilliant cameo.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton | PG-13 |

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ACTION

Prince of Persia isn't just based on a video game, it is one, maneuvering from level to level with such mechanical efficiency there should be a point tally onscreen. Gyllenhaal stars as Dastan, the king's personality-deficient adopted son, forced to flee with conquered Princess Tamina (Arterton) and use his fancy rooftop-hopping parkour skills to protect her time-bending dagger. The point is for Tamina and Dastan to fall in love on the run, but Gyllenhaal's newly buff bod and Arterton's undeniable beauty can't manufacture chemistry. Instead, look to be enthralled by the desert vistas and Alfred Molina as a thoroughly modern "gaming promoter," because when it comes to the fate of the dagger-or Dastan and Tamina-it's all just sand through the hourglass.

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