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The Week Reviews by OWEN GLEIBERMAN and LISA SCHWARZBAUM

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ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS (99 mins., R) This hip-hop buddyheist flick about a Miami bounty hunter (Ice Cube) and a two-bitcon man (Mike Epps, a discount Chris Tucker) paired against somebig-time diamond thieves melts to nothing in the South Beach sun.It’s all about extending the Cube/Epps franchise established inNext Friday. But Cube is losing his chill as he warms his personato be all things to all audiences. C- (#645, March 22) — LS

40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS (92 mins., R) Matt (Josh Hartnett), asweet-tempered San Francisco Web designer, uses the occasion ofLent to abstain from all sexual activity, including the solovariety. The movie is nothing more than American Pie with milderfruit filling, but it gets better as it goes along, mostlybecause Hartnett does something unexpectedly charming. Heconvinces us that Matt truly wants to stay orgasm-free, even ashe’s reduced to a quivering jellypile of hormones, all so that hecan get back in touch with himself (so to speak). B- (#643, March8) — OG

HARRISON’S FLOWERS (122 mins., R) A Bosnian war drama with ajittery, feral, exploding-death-trap background and a junkyHollywood foreground. It’s 1991, and a Newsweek photographer(David Strathairn) has been reported killed amid the onslaught ofYugoslavian atrocities. His wife (Andie MacDowell), arriving inCroatia to search for him, hooks up with a freelance photogplayed by Adrien Brody as a taunting hipster who’s at home in thestink of war. The melodrama is chintzy, but there’s no denyingthe vividness with which director Elie Chouraqui has visualizedthe chaos of the Bosnian war. B- (#645, March 22) — OG

ICE AGE (75 mins., PG) In this antic and sweet-spiritedcomputer-animated feature, the setting is like a winterizedversion of the Road Runner’s jungle-gym desert. The story itselfis only good, not great, as Manny (Ray Romano), a gruff woollymammoth, and Sid (John Leguizamo), a chatterbox sloth with aspeech impediment as spittle-happy as Sylvester’s, team up withthe treacherous saber-toothed tiger Diego (Denis Leary) to returna human infant to its tribe. With lesser actors, the charactersmight have been trumped by the funky geologic landscapes, butLeguizamo and Leary sear the movie with their personalities. B+(#645, March 22) — OG

JOHN Q. (118 mins., PG-13) The subject of corporate medicalinjustice is overdue for a good honest muckraker, but NickCassavetes’ movie doesn’t explore injustice — it exploits it. Toldthat his insurance plan won’t cover a heart transplant for hisson, John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) is forced to come upwith $250,000. Unable to pay, he takes everyone in the ERhostage. Cassavetes thinks he’s making Dog Day Afternoon with acause, but the movie is a shrill, didactic cartoon. C (#642,March 1) — OG

KISSING JESSICA STEIN (96 mins., R) A shallow, sitcom-styleromantic comedy in which a pretty, single, neurotic Jewish woman(Jennifer Westfeldt), frustrated by the quality of men she meets,embarks on an intermittently amusing probationary lesbianrelationship with a pretty, single, only sightly less neuroticnon-Jewish woman she meets through a personal ad. Perhaps ifJessica weren’t so dull and Westfeldt’s mannerisms weren’t sobeholden to Annie Hall, more hilarity might ensue. La-di-da. B-(#645, March 22) — LS

MONSOON WEDDING (114 mins., R) Mira Nair’s exuberant ensemblecomedy follows a very proper upper-middle-class Punjabi familyin Delhi as they gather their relatives for a celebration. Aditi(Vasundhara Das), the family’s daughter, is about to be marriedto a man she’ll meet just two days before the wedding. Yet thecurrent of technology — and Americanization — has jumbledeverything up, including love. The old-world-meets-new tangle isincarnated in the movie’s soundtrack, an effusion of discoBollywood that sends your spirit soaring. A- (#642, March 1) — OG

RESIDENT EVIL (100 mins., R) There must now be an entiregeneration who have never experienced George A. Romero’s LivingDead films. Resident Evil is a blatant recycling of those queasypulp classics. It starts out looking like a timely exercise inbiohazard panic, as a group of commandos penetrates a vast,underground corporate research facility known as the Hive. Butthe picture quickly degenerates into a monster combat thriller asimpersonal in its relentlessness as the videogame series thatinspired it. C+ (#644, March 15) — OG

SHOWTIME (95 mins., PG-13) Robert De Niro never looks moredisgruntled than when he’s cast as the straight man in one of hislighter-side-of-Bobby-D. ”comedy thrillers.” In this lead-ballooncaper, he plays Mitch Preston, a hotheaded LAPD detective who isforced to star in a weekly reality-TV series, a kind of buddyversion of Cops. On the show, he’s paired with a hambone fellowofficer, Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), who wants nothing more outof life than to act like he’s Starsky or T.J. Hooker. Murphy’sverbal energy now comes across as an overeagerness to please, andDe Niro, with his patented dyspeptic grimaces, appears to bereacting to nothing so much as the lame movie he’s stuck in. D(#645, March 22) — OG

THE TIME MACHINE (96 mins., PG-13) A once-over-slightly exercisein nostalgic wonder. Guy Pearce, cheekbones poking through hispale skin, plays the hero of H.G. Wells’ science-fictionclassic, who climbs into a time machine and lands in thenot-so-distant future. There, he discovers the Eloi, a nativetribe locked in battle with the Morlocks, cannibals who havesplit off from the human race. Director Simon Wells makes thepostapocalyptic jungle setting look like a Hawaiian summer-stockversion of The Road Warrior. C (#644, March 15) — OG

WE WERE SOLDIERS (138 mins., R) A rousing and true story ofsoldiers bonding in the midst of one of the most savage battlesof the Vietnam War. Mel Gibson is tough and true as Lieut. Col.Hal Moore, who loves his family, prays to God, and sticks withhis troops; Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, and Barry Pepper are amongthe men in the field. Randall Wallace writes with a weakness forhoary proclamations (”I’m glad I could die for my country”), buthe directs with a feel for old-fashioned storytelling. B (#643,March 8) — LS

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (105 mins., unrated) Alfonso Cuaron’s sad,funny, sexy, and altogether marvelous coming-of-age road moviesees Mexico through the eyes of a couple of teenage best friends(Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal) baying with unearned sexualbravado, and the alluring 28-year-old Spanish woman (MaribelVerdu) they convince to come away with them. The movie is soorganic that the road trip, magical as it is, sometimes feelsrealer than life — a tour of a mysterious age and place only anartist like Cuaron can locate on the map. A (#645, March 22) — LS

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WINNER OF THE WEEK

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WINNER OF THE WEEK

Arnold SchwarzeneggerHe doesn’t appear to have suffered much Collateral Damage as hesigns up for a Westworld remake and a Conan sequel (and don’tforget T3).

LOSER OF THE WEEK

CigarettesThe education group Smoke Free Movies puts the heat on filmmakersto reduce smoking scenes on the big screen.

BOX OFFICE

‘CLONE’ HARD CASH

They put the bubbly on Ice over at Fox as theircomputer-animated ‘toon from Blue Sky studio rendered box officerecords extinct. The kiddie pic’s $46.3 million take was thebest March opening ever — probably helped by fans eager to seethe attached trailer for Attack of the Clones. Meanwhile, MillaJovovich’s Evil videogame-to-zombie gorefest took in asurprising $17.7 million and left Showtime’s Eddie Murphy andRobert De Niro for (un)dead in a disappointing third. In indienews, Monsoon Wedding was showered with dough, while furtherdown audiences puckered up for Kissing Jessica Stein (No. 29,$13,346 per screen) and Y Tu Mama Tambien (No. 28, $10,202 perscreen).

TOP 20WEEKEND WEEKS GROSSWEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TOGROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 ICE AGE20th Century Fox $46.3 3,316 $13,966 1 $46.32 RESIDENT EVILScreen Gems $17.7 2,528 $7,004 1 $17.73 SHOWTIMEWarner Bros. $15.0 2,917 $5,146 1 $15.04 THE TIME MACHINEDreamWorks $10.8 2,958 $3,650 2 $39.95 WE WERE SOLDIERSParamount $8.5 3,143 $2,701 3 $53.36 ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINSNew Line $5.0 1,519 $3,285 2 $17.67 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTSMiramax $4.4 2,312 $1,885 3 $29.98 JOHN Q.New Line $3.6 2,019 $1,794 5 $64.49 A BEAUTIFUL MINDUniversal $3.4 1,533 $2,205 13 $149.210 RETURN TO NEVER LANDDisney $2.1 1,895 $1,120 5 $45.211 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGNew Line $2.1 1,101 $1,924 13 $294.312 DRAGONFLYUniversal $2.0 1,790 $1,105 4 $28.113 BIG FAT LIARUniversal $1.7 1,602 $1,065 6 $46.314 GOSFORD PARKUSA Films $1.5 856 $1,694 12 $35.515 MONSTER’S BALLLions Gate $1.3 609 $2,190 12 $17.516 CROSSROADSParamount $1.1 1,354 $829 5 $36.217 IN THE BEDROOMMiramax $1.0 717 $1,423 17 $32.418 HARRISON’S FLOWERSUniversal $0.9 398 $2,180 1 $0.919 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTOTouchstone $0.9 604 $1,435 8 $51.920 MONSOON WEDDINGUSA Films $0.8 98 $7,899 4 $2.2 SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF MARCH 15-17 *WEEKEND GROSSAND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL ASINDIVIDUAL SCREENS

TRACK RECORD: DREW BARRYMORENO. OF OPENING DOMESTICSITES WEEKEND GROSS

10/26/01DONNIE DARKO Newmarket 58 $0.1 $0.5

10/19/01RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS Columbia 2,770 $10.4 $29.8

4/20/01FREDDY GOT FINGERED 20th Century Fox 2,271 $7.1 $14.3

11/3/00CHARLIE’S ANGELS Columbia 3,037 $40.1 $125.3

6/16/00TITAN A.E. 20th Century Fox 2,734 $9.4 $22.8

4/8/99NEVER BEEN KISSED 20th Century Fox 2,455 $11.8 $55.5

11/25/98HOME FRIES Warner Bros. 1,925 $3.8 $10.5

7/31/98EVER AFTER 20th Century Fox 1,767 $8.5 $65.7

2/13/98THE WEDDING SINGER New Line 2,821 $18.8 $80.2

12/20/96SCREAM Miramax 1,413 $6.4 $103.0

SOURCE: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC.