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"Crazy Love" — A documentary about a case of pathological love and the remarkable lives of Bronx lawyer Burt Pugach and Linda Riss, the woman with whom he became obsessed from the 1950s into the 2000s. Reviewed by Jim Emerson of Two and a half stars.

"The Hoax" — Fact and fiction, truths and falsehoods, loyalty and betrayal are at the core of this fascinating film from director Lasse Hallstrom. Based on the intriguing story of literary hoaxer Clifford Irving and his attempt to convince the world he was Howard Hughes’ officially designated biographer. Richard Gere and Alfred Molina star. Rated R for language. Reviewed by Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times. Three and a half stars.

"Transformers" — Shia LaBeouf stars as a high school student who gets a used Camaro that is part of an invasion by two groups of battling robots. The Transformers and Decepticons can twist, fold and double in upon themselves, like a Rubik’s Cube crossed with a contortionist. Opening scenes are exciting and funny, with a lot of stuff that blows up real good, but the grand finale, robots battling in special effects, goes on too long. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor and language. Reviewed by Roger Ebert. Three stars.

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"Evan Almighty" — There’s no movie here -- just a concept that holds little promise and can’t even deliver on those low expectations. Out of the blue, God (Morgan Freeman) appears and tells Evan (Steve Carell) to build an ark. This witless effort could have been called "God Is My Co-Signer." Rated PG for mild rude humor and some peril. Reviewed by Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. One star.

"Reign Over Me" — Adam Sandler plays a 9/11 widower who is beyond mere counseling sessions for anger management. This man needs to be institutionalized before he does serious harm to another human being or to himself -- and to my great frustration, nobody in his life seems to comprehend that. With Don Cheadle and Jada Pinkett Smith. Rated R for language and some sexual references. Reviewed by Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Two stars.

"Surf’s Up" — A documentary film crew follows Cody Maverick, a rockhopper from Shiverpool, Antarctica, on his quest to become a champion surfer. The Sony Animation team spared no detail in making it appear like a real doc, and directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck took a chance by recording the voice talent together rather than individually. It pays off with better character reaction and comic timing than some other animated films. Excellent voice work by Shia LaBeouf as Cody, Jeff Bridges as Big Z, Jon Heder as Chicken Joe and James Woods as a Don King-like surfing promoter. Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor. Reviewed by Teresa Budasi, Chicago Sun-Times. Three and a half stars.

"28 Weeks Later" — Britain is again plagued by the "rage virus," now even more dangerous and deadly than before. An extremely frightening, but very compelling horror film, with blood and guts aplenty. With Robert Carlyle and Catherine McCormack. Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity. Reviewed by Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times. Two and a half stars.

"You Kill Me" — An uninspired hit-man comedy with a terrific cast (Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Dennis Farina, Philip Baker Hall, Bill Pullman, Luke Wilson) under the direction of an excellent specialist in modern absurdist noir (John Dahl, of "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction") -- all working in the service of a tepid and puerile script that feels like a film school first draft. Cinematographer Jeffrey Jur sure makes it stunning to look at, though. Rated R for language and some violence. Reviewed by Jim Emerson of stars.

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