August 30, 2004 12:00 PM

Alien vs. Predator

Previously pitted against each other in computer games, the two monsters go to war—it’s more like a ritualistic hunt, actually, although neither species wears jodhpurs—in a pyramid buried beneath polar ice. Dumb. (PG-13)

Garden State

An appealing deadpan comedy about a melancholy young actor back home in New Jersey. Written by, directed by and starring Zach Braff (see p. 87). (R)

The Manchurian Candidate

Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, updated remake of the 1962 thriller. With Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, who’s a wicked treat as a scheming Senator. (R)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Anne Hathaway prepares to take the throne in Genovia, a kingdom that looks like a tourist trap. (G)

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