Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters:

· Bigger, Stronger, Faster (PG-13) This refreshingly balanced documentary from rookie director Chris Bell apes the style of Michael Moore minus the glib self-righteousness. Bell's exploration into the world of steroid use goes beyond professional sports and into the lives of everyday Joes. Whatever your position going in, you'll exit more enlightened. 3 stars - Michael Clark

· Get Smart (PG-13) Instead of the camp, tongue-in-cheek approach of the '60s sitcom on which it is based, "Get Smart" opens with dry slapstick, then, unfortunately, veers off into typical action/adventure territory. Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99 give obligatory nods to their TV secret agent counterparts while also lending their characters edge and nuance. 21?2 stars - MC

· The Happening (R) One-hit-wonder director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") continues his nearly decade-long backslide with this mostly inept eco-thriller. A limp Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel play a married couple on the skids who try to escape what appears to be an airborne toxin. 1 star - MC

· Savage Grace (NR) - Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane and Eddie Redmayne play the Baekeland clan, filthy rich socialites who littered the high society circles of New York and Europe from the late '40s to the early '70s. Despite utterly cringe-inducing material, a weak script and slipshod direction from Tom Kalin ("Swoon"), the leads all turn in riveting performances. 2 stars - MC

· Wall-E (G) - Arguably the greatest entry in the already-stellar Pixar Studios cannon, "Wall-E" is an animated, futurist, sci-fi love story involving two robots who communicate with mere blips and bleeps. Sounds sterile, cold and detached, right? Not in the least. Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo") has created an irresistible and timeless masterpiece for the ages. 4 stars - MC