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Bang Rajan (Not rated)

Director: Tanit Jitnukul. With Jaran Ngamdee, Theerayut Pratyabamrung, Bongkoj Khomgmalai. (119 min.)

Sterritt *** Siamese villagers fight Burmese invaders in the 18th century, led by the chief warrior of a distant tribe that agrees to help them. The story suggests a more violent "Seven Samurai," full of jungle mayhem and eloquently filmed action-movie suspense. In Thai with subtitles

Cellular (PG-13)

Director: David R. Ellis. With Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, William H. Macy, Eric Christian Olsen. (94 min.)

Staff ** See review.

Criminal (R)

Director: Gregory Jacobs. With John C. Reilly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna, Peter Mullan. (87 min.)

Sterritt ** A fledgling con artist apprentices himself to a seasoned veteran and, as usual in movies like this, little is what it seems to be. This remake of the Argentine hit is effective at times, and Gyllenhaal shows a new side of her talent, but the main impression is of first-rate performers doing second-rate work.

A Letter to True (Not rated)

Director: Bruce Weber. With Marleine Bastien, Bruce Weber, Julie Christie, Marian Faithfull. (78 min.)

Sterritt **** True is Weber's dog, and in this documentary-style "letter" the filmmaker/photographer ruminates on everything from Elizabeth Taylor to the miseries of war. It's all deliberately homemade and raggedy, and that's where its charm comes from, along with the delightful old-music score.

The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar (Not rated)

Director: Marc de Beaufort. With Escobar family members and associates. (78 min.)


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