"Shrek"; "With A Friend Like Harry"; "Angel Eyes"; On Video: "Best In Show" 

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"Shrek" — Movies that appeal to viewers from 4 to 104 are rare cinematic creatures, but "Shrek" not only joins those lofty ranks, it raises the bar. In this fractured fairy tale, lonely ogre Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) finds himself faced with slaying a dragon, rescuing a damsel in distress (Cameron Diaz's voice) and keeping company with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), a wisecracking but genuinely smart-ass of a companion.

Besides standing every time-honored storytelling convention on its ear and revitalizing the animated tale's stylistic flourishes, "Shrek" also lands more than a few well-deserved zingers at the past master of the form, Disney.

Smartly spoofing the beloved bedtime story with wit, charm and heart, "Shrek" is a movie experience to cherish.

"With A Friend Like Harry" — Wonderfully creepy for its first two-thirds, this French psycho-thriller is a promising start for writer-director Dominik Moll. He keeps us transfixed as his characters and tale unfold. The movie begins with a chance reunion between Harry (Sergei Lopez) and old high-school classmate Michel (Laurent Lucas) in the restroom at a highway rest stop. Michel has taken refuge there, trying to escape for just a few minutes from his whining young daughters and the un-air-conditioned car he and wife Claire (Mathilde Seigner) are vacationing in. Before you can say coincidence, Harry is changing his vacation plans to chauffeur Michel's brood around in his expensive, climate-controlled sedan. But was it a coincidence? The movie soars when we're trying to figure Harry out; it falls apart when we find out Harry's true nature.

"Angel Eyes" — Sexy and likable, Jennifer Lopez appears destined to a screen career. The only thing holding her back seems to be incredibly bad luck at picking scripts. In "Angel Eyes," Lopez plays a loner Chicago cop dealing with issues from her childhood. But her life takes a dramatic turn when a mysterious stranger (James Caviezel) steps between her and a thug's bullet. Naturally curious, she sets out to get to know him. But the more she searches, the less she knows. Was their meeting an accident or fate? Taking a page from "The Sixth Sense," "Ghost" and every cop drama ever to hit the screen, "Angel Eyes" feels like the hodgepodge it is.

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"Best In Show" — While not nearly as hilarious as Christopher Guest's other "mockumentary" "Waiting for Guffman," this satirical look at the world of competitive dog shows unleashes plenty of laughs. Among the contenders for Best In Show at the prestigious — and fictitious — Mayflower Championship are Eugene Levy and wife Catherine O'Hara's terrier Winky; preppy lawyers Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock's high-strung Weimaraner; hair-salon owner Michael McKean and his longtime companion John Michael Higgins' Shih Tzu; and Guest's good ol' boy bloodhound from Pine Nut, N.C. But it's Fred Willard as the out-of-his-element sports commentator who takes top comic honors.


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