"A Knight's Tale"; "The Mummy Returns"; "Memento"; "Bridget Jones's Diary" 

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!B! "A Knight's Tale"!B! "The Mummy Returns"!B! "Memento"!B! "Bridget Jones's Diary"

"A Knight's Tale" — Purists looking for historical accuracies and flourishes will find this clever marketing scheme masquerading as a movie to be a teeth-gritting experience. But if you can ignore the aggressive anachronisms, this "Camelot" meets "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" is a jolly good time with sexy hunk-on-the-fast-track Heath Ledger and a rock soundtrack.

Surely I don't jest when I tell you the plot is very thin: Peasant Ledger dons his dead squire's armor and pretends to be a noble so he can joust his way to the head of the knights and into the heart of fair maiden Jocelyn (newcomer Shannyn Sossamon). But an evil knight (played by Rufus Sewell) gets jealous and sets out to topple Ledger. Loud, likable and rather sexy, "A Knight's Tale" makes the Round Table seem pretty square.

"The Mummy Returns" — Fast, raucous and completely contrived, this second helping of curses, reanimated mummies and skullduggery reunites Brendan Fraser and the entire cast from 1999's "The Mummy." New to the cast — WWF "Smackdown" star "The Rock."

This time out, dashing adventurer Fraser has married comely archeologist Rachel Weisz, and together they've spawned a smart, precocious son Freddie Boath. He, of course, plays into the second "revival" of Imhotep (the sexy Arnold Vosloo), whose minions and worshipers live to bring him back to life. As the family races to keep that from happening, they face all sorts of adversity and encounter more than their share of snakes, rats, scorpions and evil undead.

"Memento" — This smart thriller twists the conventions of traditional film noir, creating a psychological mystery about a man who has no short-term memory. Destined to start anew every day, Leonard Shelby (the terrific Guy Pearce) takes Polaroids and tattoos reminders on his body to help him remember why his life has meaning: He may be trying to avenge the rape and murder of his wife. Pearce makes you believe Shelby's anguish as he relives the nightmare. And as the movie pulls you in, a strange thing begins to happen: You'll start pondering the mystery of all humanity.

"Bridget Jones's Diary" — Full of wit, warmth and honest yet knowing humor, this big-screen adaptation of Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel of the same name should please both fans of the book as well as the uninitiated. Renee Zellweger convincingly portrays the British unmarried Bridget, who wants only to lose 10 pounds, gain inner poise and find true love — all within a year. Hugh Grant offers support as Bridget's womanizing boss whom she finds irresistible. Her family, of course, wants her to date seemingly stuffed shirt Colin Firth, a former childhood playmate grown into an accomplished lawyer. What will our darling Bridget do? Smart, funny and romantic, this comedy has charm to spare.


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