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?