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"Baghead" (R). You can bet co-directors and writers Jay and Mark Duplass have seen "The Blair Witch Project," because their story involves four young indie filmmakers staying at a house in the woods whose idea for a horror movie about a guy with a paper bag over his head may prove to be all too real. The movie has some truly creepy scenes, but other scenes are vapid. Grade: C+ Opens Friday, Sept. 5.

"Bangkok Dangerous" (R). Not reviewed. Oxide Pang and Danny Pang direct this thriller starring Nic Cage as a hit man who ends up falling in love in Bangkok. Opens Friday, Sept. 5.

"Frozen River" (R). Melissa Leo gives a gritty performance as a financially pressed single mom in upstate New York who becomes involved in smuggling illegal immigrants from Canada to the United States. It's an interesting sociological study. Grade: B+ Opens Friday, Sept. 5.

NOW PLAYING

"Babylon A.D." (PG-13). Not reviewed. Mathieu Kassovitz directs Vin Diesel in this sci-fi drama as a mercenary hired to protect a woman keeping a secret that could doom the human race. TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"The Dark Knight" (PG-13). The late Heath Ledger as the Joker steals the movie from Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. With Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. Grade: B- Town Hall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"Death Race" (R). Updating the 1975 cult item "Death Race 2000," this knowingly inane action picture features Jason Statham as a prisoner who becomes a race car driver in the corporate-run facility's pay-per-view races. Fast wheels and rough behavior are the norm here. As the prison warden, Joan Allen is the queen of mean. Grade: C TownMall Regal Cinemas

"Disaster Movie" (R). Not reviewed. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer direct this satire in which a group of twentysomethings end up bombarded by a series of crazy disasters. TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"Hamlet 2" (R). Steve Coogan plays a failed actor who becomes a high school drama teacher and then decides to write a sequel to "Hamlet" for his students to perform. There isn't much Shakespeare in this spoof, which resorts to overplayed scenes and the assumption that profanity is automatically amusing. With Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler and Elisabeth Shue. Grade: C+ TownMall Regal Cinemas

"Mamma Mia!" (PG-13). You'd better love the silly pop songs by the '70s group ABBA if you attend this entertaining adaptation of the Broadway musical about a young woman's search for the identity of her father. The cast is enjoyable, and the Greek scenery is easy on the eyes. With Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard. Grade: B+ TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"The Rocker" (PG-13). Rainn Wilson is a washed up drummer from an '80s heavy metal band who tries to give his career a second act by playing in his nephew's rock band. Grade: C TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (PG). George Lucas cashes in with this so-so animated feature. Familiar "Star Wars" characters engage in so many battles in the fast-paced story that at least the fan base will be satisfied. Grade: B- TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

"Tropic Thunder" (R). This boisterous movie industry satire is zany and mildly grating. With Ben Stiller (who also directed and co-scripted), Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise. Grade: B , TownMall Regal Cinemas, Carrolltown 6 Cinemas

All capsule reviews and grades are by Mike Giuliano unless otherwise noted. Bookings change on Friday. For showtimes and to confirm listings, call the phone-in number in Screen Scene.

SCREEN SCENE

Carrolltown 6 Cinemas
6405 West Hemlock Road, Eldersburg
410-795-7890

TownMall Regal Cinemas
400 Center St., Westminster
410-857-1410


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