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A Decade Under the Influence (R)

Directors: Richard LaGravenese, Ted Demme. With diverse film personalities. (108 min.)

Sterritt **** Trimmed down from its fully justified three-hour length as a TV miniseries, this engrossing documentary explores the whys and wherefores of a boom in art-film production by both Hollywood and independent filmmakers in the 1970s era. It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.

Freaky Friday (PG)

Director: Mark Waters. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Mark Harmon. (93 min.)

Sterritt *** See full review, page 15.

Le Divorce (PG-13)

Director: James Ivory. With Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close, Sam Waterston. (115 min.)

Sterritt *** See full review, page 15.

Step Into Liquid (Not rated)

Director: Dana Brown. With various surfers. (88 min.)

Sterritt ** Hanging ten from Southern California, universally known for surfing, to places like Ireland and Vietnam, totally unknown for surfing, this sun-struck documentary tries to recapture the 1966 magic of "The Endless Summer," which makes sense, since director-writer-editor Brown is son of Bruce Brown, who made that surfboard classic. There are some novelties, like views of people surfing down sand dunes, but there's also far too much self-congratulation by surfers. Don't step into this not-so-new wave unless you're a die-hard surfing buff.

S.W.A.T. (PG-13)

Director: Clark Johnson. With Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J.


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