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Current movies recommended by the Times.

1. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow _ Old-fashioned adventure and new-fangled computers combine in a stunning debut for writer-director Kerry Conran. Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie save the planet in grand style.

2. Shaun of the Dead _ More than a cannibalistic gore fest, this British import is a smartly written romantic comedy giving viewers plenty to digest.

3. Hero _ Zhang Yimou's epic martial arts adventure stars Jet Li as a warrior recalling for a king how a trio of assassins was defeated. Comparisons to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are inevitable and favorable.

4. Mean Creek _ First-time director Jacob Aaron Estes adds an important factor to the often- dramatized story of taking revenge on a school bully: consequences.

5. The Forgotten _ Julianne Moore's performance as a mother seeking truth about her missing son is a model of acting style over a screenplay's lack of substance.

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