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The following minireviews are written by Times critics for movies showing this weekend at theaters in the Tampa Bay area. Consult Movie Times for theaters and showtimes.

Apollo 13 (PG) (140 min.) A _ Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton are nearly lost in space in director Ron Howard's superb tribute to NASA ingenuity. Multiplex-rattling sights and sounds, with a stirring human element to the story. The best movie entertainment of the summer season.

Bringing Up Baby (Not rated) (100 min.) A _ Screwball comedies don't come anymore screwy than Howard Hawks' 1938 classic, with two of the best performances Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn ever managed.

Judge Dredd (R) (95 min.) C+ _ Sylvester Stallone is armed, dangerous, cold and brutal. And he's one of the law enforcers in futuristic Mega City. Excellent special effects, standard action, based on the cult British comic book character.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (PG) (90 min.) B- _ Straight off the top shelves and into your child's heart. The Rangers battle Ivan Ooze (Paul Freeman) for the fate of the world, with better special effects than their no-budget TV inspiration might suggest.

The Postman (PG) (109 min.) A _ The late Massimo Troisi delivers a fine sad-clown performance as a post-war mailman with a famous customer, poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret).

Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival II (Not rated) (73 min.) C _ A collection of gross-out 'toons, in which the punchlines are often projectile vomiting. One gem here: the wonderfully grisly anti-violence piece, Watching TV.

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