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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 on page 12W for theaters and showtimes.

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Elf B

(PG) (95 min.) Will Ferrell is a riot in a sugary comedy about a human who's being raised by Santa's elves at the North Pole. James Caan co-stars as the overgrown sprite's biological father. Mildly crude humor and profanity. _ Channelside 9, Citrus Park 20, Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Muvico Centro Ybor Premier, Muvico Starlight 20, University 16, Veterans Expressway 24, Westshore 14, Regency 20, Largo Mall 8, Tri-City 8, Woodlands Square 20, Muvico Palm Harbor 10, Parkside 16, Seminole 8, Baywalk 20, Tyrone 6, Port Richey Hollywood 18, Beacon, Citrus Cinemas, Crystal River Mall 9, Ocala Hollywood 16, Oakmont 8

Girls Will be Girls B-

(R) (79 min.) Richard Day's campy drag spoof of backstage melodrama stars Jack Plotnick as Evie, an aging B-movie queen, who with her middle-aged roommate open their apartment to a pudgy, aspiring starlet eating her way to the top. _ Channelside 9

The Gospel of John B+

(PG-13) (180 min.) The Living Bible version of Jesus Christ's miracles, apostles, crucifixion and resurrection is dramatized verse by verse. Henry Ian Cusick cuts a memorable messianic figure. Violence. _ Citrus Park 20, Muvico Starlight 20, Veterans Expressway 24, Baywalk 20

Love Actually B

(R) (128 min.) Richard Curtis, creator of Four Weddings and a Funeral, returns with an anthology of romantic comedies populated by the likes of Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Sexuality, nudity, profanity. _ Muvico Starlight 20, Veterans Expressway 24, Regency 20, Woodlands Square 20, Baywalk 20

The Matrix Revolutions C-

(R) (129 min.) The Wachowski brothers' trilogy concludes with a thud, turning what began as an intriguing brainteaser into mindless blow-'em-up action. Keanu Reeves gets more wooden by the chapter, while Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss become less important. Sci-fi violence, profanity, brief sexuality._ Britton Cinema 8, Channelside 9, Channelside Imax, Citrus Park 20, Fun-Lan Drive-In, Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Muvico Centro Ybor Premier, Muvico Starlight 20, Tampa Pitcher Show, University 16, Veterans Expressway 24, Westshore 14, Regency 20, Ruskin Drive-In, Largo Mall 8, Tri-City 8, Woodlands Square 20, Muvico Palm Harbor 10, Parkside 16, Seminole 8, Baywalk 20, Tyrone 6, Port Richey Hollywood 18, Beacon, Citrus Cinemas, Crystal River Mall 9, Ocala Hollywood 16, Oakmont 8

Pieces of April A-

(PG-13) (81 min.) A wayward daughter (Katie Holmes) reluctantly prepares Thanksgiving dinner for her eccentric, tragic family. Patricia Clarkson (Far from Heaven) is superb as an emotionally detached parent. Oliver Platt and Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) co-star. Profanity, drug abuse, brief sexuality, mature themes of cancer and mortality. _ Tampa Theatre

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