"Chicken Run," "My Myself & Irene" and on video, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Scream 3" 

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!B! "Chicken Run"!B! "Me, Myself & Irene"
Now on Video:!B!"The Talented Mr. Ripley"!B! "Scream 3"

"Chicken Run" — What a delightful, clever bit of claymation fun! Inspired by the classic prisoner-of-war film "The Great Escape," this tale of a few good hens looking to make a break for freedom from Tweedy's Farm is guaranteed to entertain kids of all ages. In this computer-generated-everything world we live in, it's amazing that the talented Brits at Aardman Productions (responsible for "Wallace & Gromit") would attempt such a tedious undertaking as a full-length, big-screen claymation movie. But you'll be glad they did.

"Ab Fab's" Julia Sawalha voices Ginger, a plucky hen who spends most of her time attempting to lead her fellow coop-mates to freedom. Mel Gibson turns up as the voice of Rocky the Rooster, a circus bird who Ginger mistakenly believes can teach the other hens how to fly. When Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson) retools her operation to produce "chicken pies," Ginger and Rocky lead the other chicks on a final, all-or-nothing break for freedom.

"Me, Myself & Irene" — Jim Carrey returns to his physical comedy roots in this reunion with those lowbrow masters the Farrelly brothers. As gratifying as that return is, the movie is something of a "shticky" wicket for Carrey fans: Carrey is awesome; the script isn't. Carrey plays mild-mannered Rhode Island trooper Charlie Baileygates, who after years of denial about his wife's extramarital shenanigans, disassociates into a separate personality.

About as politically incorrect as they come, the humor here either will have you laughing outrageously or leave you outraged. The Farrelly's trademarks — urination, defecation, giant sex toys, dwarfs and cruelty to animals — abound. Unfortunately, they come wrapped in a below-average script elevated by the above-average genius of Carrey.

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"The Talented Mr. Ripley" — Intelligent and beautifully photographed, this thriller has pleasures aplenty if not the swiftest pacing. Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this latest effort from Anthony "The English Patient" Minghella, where things and characters are not as they seem. Damon plays a young man who poses as someone else to live the life he's always yearned for. I found Minghella's dark and disturbing vision mesmerizing. Law earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the object of Damon's greed and desire.

"Scream 3" — This final chapter in Wes Craven's media-savvy "Scream" series ends appropriately by becoming media-crazed. Not nearly as scary as the original or as gory as the second, the fun here is all about tweaking the genre the movie is spoofing as well as its own archness. It is no longer set in the small town of Woodsboro; cast and crew have gone Hollywood. This time, the setting is the movie set of the movie within a movie, "Stab 3." Neve Campbell returns as Sidney, confronting demons from her past as the bodies start to pile up.


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