Recently reviewed films now showing in metro area theaters:

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 - Michael Clark

Hairspray (PG) The 2007 version of "Hairspray" mixes the better elements of its two previous incarnations and tosses in just enough new material to make it feel fresh and worthy of the audience's time and money. The casting - which initially raised serious doubts - also proves to be right on the mark. "Hairspray" is among this summer's major winners. 3 stars - MC

The Invasion (R) "The Invasion" is the fourth screen adaptation of Jack Finney's 1955 science fiction novel "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and it's easily the weakest of the lot. After viewing the rough cut, the studio relieved credited director Oliver Hirschbiegel of his duties and turned everything over to the creative team behind "The Matrix" trilogy. The end result is a brilliant character study regularly interrupted by pointless chase scenes and some of the worst editing ever seen in a major studio Hollywood film. 2 stars - MC

The Nanny Diaries (PG-13) Based on the novel of the same name, the movie is backed by a fine pedigree and sports a primo cast. It's the second feature from Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, creators of the 2003 masterpiece "American Splendor." The film goes far in driving home the point that great riches won't buy happiness and, in fact, might make happiness itself impossible. 3 stars - MC

Resurrecting the Champ (PG-13) Based on an article by J.R. Moehringer, the movie works on all levels when it's zeroed in on the Champ (Samuel L. Jackson), a former world-ranked prizefighter-turned-homeless bum living in a Denver alley. If the filmmakers had stuck with the two principal plot points - boxing and journalism ethics - throughout, the movie would have packed a much bigger wallop. 2 stars - 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

Stardust (PG-13) "Stardust" recalls "Harry Potter," "The Lord of the Rings," vintage "Monty Python" and something that's not quite "Cinderella." It is a fantasy adventure that will leave you breathless and feeling thoroughly alive. It is an adult fairy tale that, while occasionally dark and intense, can be understood and enjoyed by bright youngsters and anyone who likes bumping their way through an intricate maze of a story. It is not "The Wizard of Oz" of the 21st century, but it comes close. 31⁄2 stars - MC

Superbad (R) "Superbad" could have easily turned into yet another tired retread of "Porky's." Instead, it's a welcomed reincarnation of "American Graffiti." Like "Porky's," it's highly profane and obsessed with male sexual fantasy, rampant debauchery and out-of-control partying. It also has a huge heart, but not of the soft and mushy variety. It's not preachy, poetic or "heartfelt," but it is poignant and, in its own sneaky way, deep. 31⁄2 stars - MC