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October 28, 2005|By MICHAEL SRAGOW AND CHRIS KALTENBACH

Capsules are by critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach, plus wire services. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies.

Cry Wolf -- is a clever thriller with intricate plotting, deft characterizations and a darkly ironic twist at the end. (Los Angeles Times.) PG-13 90 minutes B+

Domino -- is a caper movie that weds Tilt-a-Whirl visuals to a script that's constantly flashing back and forth in time and to a heroine - a model-turned-bounty-hunter (Keira Knightley) - who's little more than a glamorous conundrum. Director Tony Scott's ploys for keeping the action edgy beat it to a standstill. (M.S.) R 128 minutes C

Elizabethtown -- is brimming with at least three movies' worth of plotlines, and it gives short shrift to all of them. With a romantic comedy, a road picture and a grieving, dysfunctional family flick all struggling for attention, it's hard to get caught up in what's happening onscreen. Orlando Bloom plays a failed tennis-shoe designer who heads back to his father's hometown after the older man dies; Kirsten Dunst is the effusive free spirit he meets on the way. (C.K.) PG-13 126 mins. C+

The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- has an obvious selling point: It's one horror film rooted in fact. Unfortunately, nothing in it rings with the faintest tinkle of truth. Tom Wilkinson plays a Catholic priest tried for negligent homicide after a girl dies when he attempts to free her from Satanic possession. (M.S.) PG-13 118 minutes D+

Flightplan -- stars Jodie Foster as a young mother who claims that her daughter has vanished during their trans-Atlantic flight. Passengers and crew think she's imagined it all. There's a serious plot deficiency. Still, all the elements here combine for a satisfyingly taut thriller. (C.K.) PG-13 88 minutes B+

The Fog -- is a humorless, scareless and senseless accumulation of items from the horror smorgasbord: zombies, natural disasters, fire, haunted pirate ships, unnerving religious imagery, disease. Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair play residents of an Oregon town trying to stay calm as the fog - and that other stuff - rolls in. (Knight Ridder/Tribune) PG-13 100 minutes D

The 40-Year-Old Virgin -- is probably the most sweet-spirited sex comedy ever made. The always-hilarious Steve Carell scores again. The movie isn't about just one character but the culture of sexual relationships, and the absurdities it engenders. (C.K.) R 116 minutes A-

Good Night, and Good Luck -- tells several interlocked stories with passion, wit and sting. At its red-hot center is the attempt of CBS star newscaster Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) to expose the obscene over-reaching of anti-communist witch-hunter Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. The movie dramatizes professionalism and collegiality under stress in ways that are subtle and intense. (M.S.) PG 90 minutes A

The Greatest Game Ever Played -- tells the story of the democratization of golf, as 20-year-old caddy Francis Ouimet wins the 1913 U.S. Open over British champ Harry Vardon. Director Bill Paxton and screenwriter Mark Frost turn the contest into an Old West showdown between two worthy champions, who are both classy and competitive. (C.K.) PG 115 minutes B+

A History of Violence -- is a hollow story from an empty graphic novel. Viggo Mortensen plays a seemingly perfect small-town father and husband, devoted to his wife and determined to raise his son to be strong and gentle. Then, when burglar-assassins try to hold up his diner, he manages to kill them first. This is Carnage for Art Houses 101. (M.S.) R 96 minutes C+

In Her Shoes, -- a fractured Cinderella story, boasts one wicked stepmother (Candice Azzara) and two sisters with low self-esteem: Maggie (Cameron Diaz), a feckless beauty, and Rose (Toni Collette), a zaftig lawyer who overachieves her way out of life's pleasures. It's the feel-bad-then-feel-better film of 2005. (M.S.) PG-13 130 minutes C+

North Country -- , about the first class-action sexual harassment suit in the United States, features Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand acting their hearts out as (respectively) a single mother of two working in the iron mines and her best friend and union rep. The movie patiently details how male locker-room banter, taken out of the locker-room, creates an environment that encourages casual atrocities. But the personal story it creates for Theron's character peters away instead of paying off. (M.S.) R 123 minutes B-

Roll Bounce, -- with Bow Wow as a kid struggling to establish himself on the roller rink and within his family, is a frothy, nostalgia-tinged look at being young and finding all the happiness you need in a pair of skates and good friends. (C.K.) PG-13 107 minutes B

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