Originally created 12/14/01

Video watch



JUST OUT: Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Jurassic Park III, Rush Hour 2 and The Score.

TUESDAY: The Center of the World, Princess Diaries, Scary Movie 2 and Series 7.

DEC. 26: Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Evolution and Two Can Play That Game.

DEC. 29: Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

VIDEO REVIEWS Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:

JURASSIC PARK III (***, PG-13, 91 minutes) An efficient special-effects thriller that gets the job done. Sam Neill helps parents William H. Macy and Tea Leoni look for their lost child (Trevor Morgan) on the forbidden dinosaur island.

RUSH HOUR 2 (* 1/2 , PG-13, R, 120 minutes) Retread of the Rush Hour formula, with the stunts but without most of the laughs. Chris Tucker is like a cloud over the production, bringing it to a halt with obnoxious rants about whites and Asians. Jackie Chan soldiers away with spectacular stunts, and Roselyn Sanchez and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger) are female operatives, but Mr. Tucker wears us down with his shrill, manic, forced overacting.

THE SCORE (*** 1/2 , R, 124 minutes) Fine actors from three generations - Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton - team up for a classic heist picture set in Montreal. The heavily guarded Customs House contains a priceless treasure; Mr. Brando wants to mastermind a theft involving Mr. Norton as the inside guy and Mr. De Niro as the break-in specialist. The climax is meticulously constructed out of complexities, details and genuine suspense.

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH (***, R, 95 minutes) An East German boy becomes a would-be American glam-rock star after a sex-change operation, and then has his heart broken by a lover who is shocked by the gender secret and steals all of her songs. John Cameron Mitchell stars in the film version of his off-Broadway cult hit and has the chops to be convincing as a rock star.

AMERICAN OUTLAWS (*, PG-13, 94 minutes) Astonishingly bad pop retooling of the legend of Jesse James, with Colin Farrell seeming less like the leader of the James-Younger Gang than like the lead singer in a boy band.

JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS (***, R, 98 minutes) A brawny space opera, transplanting the Western, cop and martial-arts action conventions to the Red Planet. Natasha Henstridge stars as a cop who partners with a convict named Desolation Williams (Ice Cube) to fight waves of zombified humans. John Carpenter directs; gets a nice, rusty look to the alien world; and prefers shooting aliens to thinking about them.

PEARL HARBOR (**, PG-13, 183 minutes) A two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality. The film has been directed without grace, vision or originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialogue, it will not be because you admire them. With Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr.

SUMMER CATCH (PG-13, 108 minutes) This romantic comedy offers a good opportunity to ogle attractive young men and women, especially Freddie Prinze Jr., who goes shirtless within minutes of the opening credits, and Jessica Biel, whose character likes to swim - a lot. But it's not much more than that.