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September 22, 2006|By Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach | Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critics

Capsules by Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach. Full reviews at

The Black Dahlia -- stars Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett as top cops trying to solve the instantly infamous case of a would-be starlet whose murder seemed to sum up the sick soul of post-World War II L.A. (M.S.) R 121 minutes B-

Everyone's Hero -- Young children - especially baseball fans - doubtless will enjoy the animated adventures of a young boy who tries to reunite Babe Ruth with his bat so the Yankees can win the 1932 World Series. (C.K.) G 80 minutes C+

Gridiron Gang -- stars the Rock as a real life juvenile probation officer who molded some of the toughest residents at a "last chance" facility for under-age felons nestled against California's Santa Monica Mountains into a football team. (M.S.) PG-13. 125 minutes. C+

Half Nelson -- is a portrait of the artist as a junior-high history teacher and girls' basketball coach. He's also a coke addict. But the bond he shares with one of his student-players is a sign of life in a blighted urban landscape. (M.S.) R. 107 minutes. A-

The Last Kiss -- is about those last frightening days of youth, when it looks as though all the carefree good times are about to end. At a time when the idea that actions beget consequences is becoming almost passe, The Last Kiss earns points for holding its flawed protagonist's feet to the fire and not simply forgiving him for his indiscretions. (C.K.) R 115 minutes B+

Little Miss Sunshine -- features the madcap Hoover clan from Albuquerque, N.M. (Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin), which unites to get the youngest Hoover (Abigail Breslin) to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in Redondo Beach, Calif. The action, the direction (by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) and the writing (by Michael Arndt) bring it the warmth as well as the madness of a crazy quilt. (M.S.) R 110 minutes A

Quinceanera -- centers on a makeshift family of three, 14-year-old Magdalena (newcomer Emily Rios), her rebellious gay cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia) and their elderly great-great uncle, Tomas (Chalo Gonzalez). In Hispanic culture, the quinceanera is a coming-of-age celebration, with religious overtones, for 15-year-old girls. But in this Quinceanera, everyone comes of age. (C.K.) R 90 minutes B

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby -- is a gas: a rambunctious NASCAR farce that's generous with baggy-pants comedy and semi-sophisticated farce. Sacha Baron Cohen, as an inscrutably Gallic Formula One racer, is as rib-tickling good as Will Ferrell's dazed Ricky Bobby - and so is John C. Reilly as Ricky's sublimely fatuous sidekick. (M.S.) PG-13 105 minutes B+

World Trade Center -- pays heartfelt tribute to Sgt. John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), Port Authority police officers who maintained hope while caught 20 feet below the rubble of Sept. 11. In its own overemphatic, sometimes clumsy way, it can move an audience to tears, cathartic laughs and cheers. (M.S.) PG-13 129 minutes B

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