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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13) In more ways than one, this fifth installment in the "Harry Potter" franchise is the most mature and unique installment of the franchise. Like its three aging teen wizards, the film has dispensed with the largely useless sporting subplots and schoolyard spats, and tackles relatively deeper adult subject matter. It isn't winning or losing anymore, it's life and death. 3 stars - Michael Clark

Introducing the Dwights (R) This mixed-bag Australian dramedy juggles teen coming-of-age with adult midlife crisis. It features a blistering performance from leading lady Brenda Blethyn that is sometimes powerful, but all too often overbearing. Blethyn's lead character Jean isn't evil, but she's petty and selfish. Evil is fun to watch. Petty and selfish are just annoying. 2 stars - MC

Joshua (NR) It's the kind of movie a 21st-century Alfred Hitchcock might have made. Like many Hitchcock classics, "Joshua" takes the most mundane and unexciting of situations and slowly transforms it into a claustrophobic, high-tension batch of chills. You don't get the big picture until far past the halfway point, and even then you're never clear on exactly what's happening in this sibling rivalry tale. 31⁄2 stars - MC

LICENSE TO WED (PG-13) In what might be the most pitifully embarrassing role of his mercurial career, Robin Williams stars as Reverend Frank in Ken Kwapis' latest atrocity, "License to Wed." As head honcho at the most desirable wedding venue in Chicago, Frank requires couples to take part in his psychotically inane compatibility test before getting married there. Mandy Moore and John Krasinksi ("The Office") play an engaged couple who participate in a number of cringe-inducing role-play exercises that push the envelope of good taste way over the edge. 1⁄2 of one star - MC

Rescue Dawn (PG-13) Ten years after his award-winning "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," German writer/director Werner Herzog has reworked the documentary as a drama. There's only one reason why a director would want to tell the same tale twice: because it's a great story. The life of German-born American fighter pilot Dieter Dengler is inspirational and awe-inspiring. The movie feels a bit like "The Shawshank Redemption," the classic prison film that put the accent on camaraderie and grace under pressure. 4 stars - MC

TRANSFORMERS (PG-13) While it's not director Michael Bay's best effort (that would be "The Rock"), "Transformers" is Bay at his most pure and gloriously over indulgent. Basing a feature film on cult-favorite action toys that fell out of vogue some 20 years ago was a huge artistic and financial gamble. The undisputed stars are the photo-quality CGI robots, which blend so seamlessly into the mix, you'd swear they were on the live-action sets right next to the actors. In the end, every last cent of the movie's $200 million-plus budget was wisely spent. 31⁄2 stars - MC

You Kill Me (R) Take "Grosse Pointe Blank," toss in a little of "The Matador" and a splash of Elmore Leonard and the resulting cocktail would be "You Kill Me." Because of its moral ambiguity and often flip attitude, the movie is certainly not for all tastes, and it shouldn't be. In order for black comedy to be really effective, it has to be angry, self-serving and fly directly in the face of accepted societal behavior. Director John Dahl's film does all of that and more. 31⁄2 stars - MC