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ON THE SCREEN

The following movies are playing this weekend at local theaters. The Tech suggests using <http://www.boston.com> for a complete listing of times and locations.

HHHH Excellent

HHH Good

HH Fair

H Poor

Dinosaur (HHH)

Despite stunning visuals, Disney’s first animated story of the new millenium is no more interesting than any of the animated films of the old one. The film disappoints because of its formulaic plot, lack of three-dimensional characterization, unmemorable dialogue, and vast amounts of potential which are never fulfilled. However, the film is still worth seeing merely for the gorgeous visuals. --Fred Choi

Dolphins (HHH)

Like most OmniMax movies, Dolphins is strong on visuals, filling the screen with eye-popping images, but falls somewhat short on story and characters. The film is stunning as it follows dolphins as they play and hunt, but is less successful when it attempts to say something about humans. -- Vladimir Zelevinsky

Fantasia 2000 (HHH)

An excellent sequel to the classic original, Fantasia 2000 features music by Beethoven, Ottorino Respighi, George Gershwin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Camille Saint-SaËns, Paul Dukas, Edward Elgar, and Igor Stravinsky. Overall it is a must-see movie, nobly continuing a grand tradition, though there are moments of mediocrity. -- VZ

Gladiator (HH1 2)

This is a film that evokes mixed feelings. On one hand, Gladiator is an exhilirating movie to watch. Director Ridley Scott pulls all the stops to create a visually stunning piece for the audience’s viewing pleasure. However, the movie feels intellectually lacking. By the end of the film, one becomes acutely aware that for the past two and a half hours, he has been exposed to little more than a stream of brutal violence. -- VZ

High Fidelity (HHH1 2)

John Cusack co-writes and stars as Rob Gordon, owner of a semi-failing used record store, in this honest, witty romantic comedy. When his longtime girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) walks out on him, Rob is forced to examine his failed attempts at romance and happiness. But don’t expect a sugar-coated love story; High Fidelity offers a realistic look at the world of relationships. -- Michael Frakes

Road Trip (HH)

Tom Green of MTV fame provides his trademark humor -- random and shocking -- and supplies some of the best laughs in this movie. But those watching the movie just for Tom Green might be disappointed, as his role is not as a big as fans would like. Despite its genuine toilet humor, Road Trip is not as humorous as recent comedies of the same genre and comes across as being absurd and not really funny enough to see unless you've seen the rest of the summer blockbusters. -- Jacob Beniflah

Scary Movie (HHH)

Director Keenan Ivory Wayans succeeds with his latest spoof Scary Movie. This film hysterically parodies a genre that perhaps most deserves it, and its crude humor and advance NC-17 rating is well worth the price of admission. It’s base, it’s shocking, it’s blatantly disrespectful, and it’s made more money than the movies its parodied in its opening weekend. -- Jumaane Jeffries

Small Time Crooks (HHH)

As a humorous look at ever-changing luck and fortune, Small Time Crooks has characters who shine in the comedy. From Tracey Ullman as the sardonic wife of Woody Allen to the self-effacing Allen himself, the characters are enjoyable to watch and keep the movie from going stale. Sometimes poignant, sometimes insightful, but always amusing, this movie captures the essence of classic Woody Allen films. -- Amy Meadows

The Virgin Suicides (HH)

Sophia Coppola’s feature-length directorial debut provides interesting characters, but an unfulfilling story. Kathleen Turner and James Woods play the parents of five girls whose premature deaths continue to haunt the neighborhood boys, even as adults. -- Jordan Rubin