Scott Brown
October 24, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

ELF (Nov. 7) Who doesn’t like watching Will Ferrell get hit by a cab? Naughty-listers, that’s who. But the obligatory ”little person” fight has a dreary, Man Show quality to it. C+

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004) The infomercial opener (for a fake memory-erasure firm) is a nifty intro for writer Charlie Kaufman’s latest head trip. B+

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (Nov. 5) There’s Tron-like excitement aplenty, and check out those pistol-packin’ robots! It’s enough to make a fella forget that second film. Almost. A-

THE RETURN OF THE KING (Dec. 17) It’s everything you want in a Rings movie: vast mounted phalanxes, thunderous speeches…oh, wait, this is just the trailer?

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