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Film Clips

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.


Amelie C

(R) (122 min.) Air-headed waitress (Audrey Tautou) meddles with everyone's happiness in this wispy confection from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Shown with French subtitles. Brief nudity and sexual situations, profanity, mature themes of family dysfunction. _ Tampa Theatre, Burns Court

Enlightenment Guaranteed

(NR) (105 min.) German director Doris Dorrie (Nobody Loves Me) spins a comical yarn about two brothers joining a Zen monastery in Japan. Shown with English subtitles. _ Channelside 9

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone A

(PG) (153 min.) Resourceful sorcery student (Daniel Radcliffe) makes friends, enemies and a lot of moviegoers happy in this fetching adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel. Moderately scary images, mild violence and profanity. _ Movies At Clearwater, Largo Mall 8, Tri-City 8, Woodlands Square 20, Palm Harbor 10, Parkside 16, Seminole 8, Baywalk 20, Crossroads 8, Tyrone 6, Regency 20, Ruskin Drive-In, Channelside 9, Channelside IMAX, Citrus Park 20, Fun-Lan Drive-In, Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Centro Ybor Premier, Muvico Starlight 20, Old Hyde Park 7, University 16, Veterans Expressway 24, Westshore 14, Port Richey Hollywood 18, Cinema 6, Beacon Spring Hill 8, Citrus Cinemas, Crystal River Mall 9, Ocala Hollywood 16, Oakmont 8, Royal Palm 20

The Man Who Wasn't There A-

(R) (116 min.) Laconic barber (Billy Bob Thornton) plots extortion and winds up in a murder investigation. Sumptuous film noir revival from Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Harsh profanity, brief violence, mature themes of adultery and guilt, sexual situations. _ Channelside 9, Muvico Starlight 20

Novocaine B

(R) (95 min.) Successful dentist (Steve Martin) is seduced by a pill-popping patient (Helena Bonham Carter), then dragged into a messy morality play. Laura Dern co-stars. Harsh violence and profanity, sexual situations, brief nudity. _ Channelside 9, Burns Court

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure A

(NR) (40 min.) _ True-life saga of an ill-fated 1914 expedition and the courageous acts that kept all crew members alive. Shown only in the massive IMAX format at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. IMAX Dome Theatre

Waking Life B-

(R) (99 min.) Director Richard Linklater (Slacker) creates a new visual art form, filming actors pontificating on the meaning of life, then converting their actions to computer animation. Looks great, sounds dull. Harsh profanity, sexual situations, violence. _ Beach Theater, Channelside 9, Burns Court

The Wash

(R) (90 min.) A pair of joker-tokers (rap musicians Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre) are hired at a car wash where the owner (George Wallace) has been kidnapped. Co-stars Pauly Shore and Shaquille O'Neal, for what it's worth. Harsh profanity, sexual situations, drug abuse, violence. _ Baywalk 20, Regency 20, Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Muvico Starlight 20, University 16, Veterans Expressway 24, Royal Palm 20