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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (PG)

Director: Robert Rodriguez. With Cayden Boyd, Kristen Davis, David Arquette, George Lopez. (94 min.)

Sterritt ** You'll know who the target audience is when you discover the story's setting is called Planet Drool, and the hero is an imaginative schoolboy who joins the title characters to fight the evil Mr. Electric and save the world. Only part of it is in 3-D, but youngsters should enjoy pulling their special specs on and off at appropriate moments.

5 x 2 (R)

Director: François Ozon, With Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian, Michael Lonsdale. (87 min.)

Sterritt *** A romance in reverse, starting with a couple's divorce and ending with their first feelings of mutual attraction. Staking out a middle ground between Gaspar Noé's shocking "Irreversible" and Harold Pinter's moving "Betrayal," which have somewhat similar structures, Ozon's drama is compellingly acted and rich in visual ideas, but a bit thin in its psychological approach. Contains graphic sex. In French with subtitles.

High Tension (R)

Director: Alexandre Aja. With Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun. (86 min.)

Sterritt * Serial killing and other insanity in the French countryside, with ineptly dubbed English dialogue. Aja's shocker is an inferior rip-off of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" even before the chainsaw starts whirring, which it inevitably does.

Howl's Moving Castle (PG)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. With voices of Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal. (119 min.)

Sterritt **** See review, at right.

McLibel (Not rated)

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