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Becoming Jane (PG) In what is essentially a variation on the author's own landmark novel "Pride and Prejudice," this film is an uneven story of Jane Austen's life prior to fame and fortune. There's a lot to like about the movie, particularly Anne Hathaway's charming and graceful portrayal of the title character. However impressive she may be, Hathaway is never able to completely transcend the movie's iffy screenplay and inconsistent production values. 21⁄2 stars - Michael Clark

The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13) The Jason Bourne trilogy shows just how good Hollywood action movies can be when the right people are on board and the studio keeps its involvement to a bare minimum. All installments - based on novels by Robert Ludlum - get right to the point, say what they have to and then take their exit. There's not a single action franchise in the history of motion pictures that can come close to equaling "Bourne's" overall quality and consistency. 31⁄2 stars - MC

El Cantante (R) A talented singer who had a pivotal role in the late '60s salsa resurgence, Hector Lavoe, played by singer Marc Anthony, was his own worst enemy. Like Jim Morrison, he had presence to burn but wasted his talents by falling victim to drugs, alcohol and a perpetual state of melancholy. Hector's connection to Morrison is all the more obvious in this film, an inferior carbon copy of Oliver Stone's "The Doors," which chronicled Morrison's downward spiral. 2 stars - MC

Goya's Ghosts (R) The biggest problem with "Goya's Ghosts" is that the Goya character (Stellan Skarsgard) is reduced to an incidental supporting role. It is, without question, the worst film of director Milos Forman's otherwise brilliant career. And the same can be said for every performer in it. While ostensibly a historical period piece, the movie is nothing more than a poorly executed, shallow soap opera with some of the most laughably inane dialogue ever conceived. 11⁄2 stars - MC

No Reservations (PG) This might be the first romantic comedy in history completely devoid of intentional - or unintentional - humor. A remake of the 2001 German film "Mostly Martha," it is the story of an uptight, workaholic chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) whose life is upended when she becomes the guardian of her late sister's tween girl. 1 star - MC

The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) "The Simpsons Movie" is not an extended episode of the show, but rather a bona fide feature film that firmly stands on its own merits. It's loaded with character development and big-screen sized action. The only problem: if you've never seen an episode of the series, you'll be completely lost. Then again, if you've never seen the show, you'll probably have zero interest in the seeing the film. 31⁄2 stars - MC

Sunshine (R) Determined to work within every movie genre just once before he dies, Irish director Danny Boyle takes on futuristic science-fiction with "Sunshine," and it's not half bad. Neither is it very memorable. If you don't mind taking a familiar walk down memory lane, "Sunshine" will make for an acceptable expenditure of your time. But if given the option, kick back and enjoy "2001" and "Alien" on DVD instead. 21⁄2 - MC