"Bad Company" (PG-13). Not reviewed. Veteran CIA agent Anthony Hopkins has to train street-wise civilian Chris Rock for a dangerous mission. Opens Friday, June 7, at area theaters.
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (PG-13). Writer-director Callie Khouri has adapted Rebecca Wells' best-selling novel into a clumsy mess that reinforces every unfair stereotype about "chick flicks." The characters seem overwrought and undermotivated, though a terrific cast (Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Fionnula Flanagan) and intoxicating Louisiana soundtrack make the film watchable. Grade: C- (Geoffrey Himes) Opens Friday, June 7, at area theaters.
"About a Boy" (PG-13). Hugh Grant plays a trust-fund playboy who crashes a single-parent support group to pick up women, and ends up entangled in the lives of a 10-year-old boy and his mother. Directors Paul and Chris Weitz have adapted the British novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity") with hilarious and moving results. Grade: B+ (Geoffrey Himes) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"The Importance of Being Earnest" (PG). Director-screenwriter Oliver Parker manages to ruin Oscar Wilde's great comedy. He opens up this drawing room comedy as a series of postcard scenes in the English countryside; prods his cast into treating the sublimely silly plot as if it were a drama; breaks up and otherwise alters crucial dialogue exchanges; and in general makes a mess of things. Grade: C- (Mike Giuliano) Muvico Egyptian 24
"Insomnia" (R). Christopher Nolan follows his "Memento" with this adaptation of a 1997 Norwegian movie. Al Pacino plays an L.A. cop investigating a murder in Alaska who starts to crack up with help from murder suspect Robin Williams. Inspired performances and riveting visuals make this a superb film noir. Grade: B+ (Geoffrey Himes) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"The New Guy" (PG-13). DJ Qualls plays a geeky high school nerd who revamps his image and becomes a cool guy at another high school. So silly that it's stupid. Grade: C (Mike Giuliano) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"Space Station" (NR). Toni Meyers' 47-minute film combines two theatrical effects _ optical 3-D and the giant IMAX screen _ for a trip into outer space unlike any Hollywood has given us. Grade: B (Geoffrey Himes) Maryland Science Center IMAX Theatre (Baltimore, 410-685-5225) until Sept. 2.
"Spider-Man" (PG-13). This adaptation of Marvel Comics' superhero starts out promisingly as director Sam Raimi depicts the jealousies and cruelties of high school life. The second half lapses into a formulaic, special-effects battle. Grade: B- (Geoffrey Himes) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (G). Whether leading other horses, courting a lovely mare, befriending a Native- American warrior or fighting white American settlers, the hero of this animated Wild West tale is one smart horse. Younger viewers will enjoy it. Grade: B- (Mike Giuliano) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" (PG-13). The 20-year-old Anakin Skywalker is played by Hayden Christensen, a pretty boy with no acting talent or charm. His romance with Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman) is unconvincing. The fun climactic battle scenes are too little, too late. Grade: B- (Geoffrey Himes) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"The Sum of All Fears" (PG-13). Based on a Tom Clancy novel involving American vs. Russian military tension, neo-Nazis and a contraband nuclear bomb, this is a bombastic drama in which Baltimore gets hit in a way you don't want to know about. Grade: C+ (Mike Giuliano) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"Undercover Brother" (PG-13). A pleasant surprise, this knowingly dumb comedy sends up the blaxploitation movies of the '70s, with Eddie Griffin really tearing into the title role. Although some of the jokes fall flat, there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Also features Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, David Chappelle and Billy Dee Williams. Grade: B (Mike Giuliano) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
"Unfaithful" (R). Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez simmer in an adulterous melodrama by director Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction"). Grade: B- (Mike Giuliano) Snowden Square 14, Muvico Egyptian 24
Bookings change on Friday. Please call theater to confirm listings and show times.
Snowden Square Stadium 14 9161 Commerce Center Drive, Columbia, 410-872-0670
Charles Theatre 1711 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 410-727-FILM
Maryland Science Center IMAX Theater 601 Light St., Baltimore, 410-685-5225
Muvico Egyptian 24 Arundel Mills Boulevard at Route 100, Hanover, 443-755-8992
West Nursery 14 1591 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, 410-850-8999