THE END OF INNOCENCE (R) --
Dyan Cannon tests the limits of movie-viewing endurance with this excruciating, narcissistic project that she wrote, directed and stars in. After a torturous sequence of birth, childhood, high school coming of age and an abrupt marriage, the movie follows Cannon's self-destructive relationship with Steve Meadows, another of those males who lie, deceive, are terrified about commitment and need time to write. Suffering from the one-sided affair and torn apart by bickering, obnoxious parents George Coe and Lola Mason, Cannon pops pills, smokes grass and stares forlornly into the rain. She goes over the edge and is slapped into rehab with a "Cuckoo's Nest" collection of hurting souls. The remainder of the movie -- and a long remainder at that -- is a prolonged encounter session of trite, tedious feelings, led by counselor John Heard. By the time Cannon realizes herself and finally says no to all those grabbing people in her life, you may be ready for rehab yourself. Cineplex Odeon Outer Circle.
THE NEVERENDING STORY II: THE NEXT CHAPTER (PG) --
Jonathan Brandis returns as Bastian Balthazar Bux, the boy who journeys through the land of Fantasia. Bastian meets up again with Atreyu, the Boy Warrior of the Great Plains; Falkor, the sage "luckdragon"; and Rock Biter, the stone giant. He also encounters new creations Mudwart, Lavaman, Windbride, Smerg and Junior Rock Biter. This sequel to the visually entertaining "The Neverending Story" of 1984 is now directed by George "Mad Max" Miller. It's preceded by "Box-Office Bunny," a new, G-rated Bugs Bunny cartoon (with Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck), in which the wabbit's peaceful home is disturbed by the construction of a new 100-screen "Cineminium." Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs, Daffy and Elmer, has passed away; the voices are now done by Jeff Bergman. Area theaters.
WARLOCK (R) --
In this horror comedy, warlock Julian Sands continues a centuries-old battle with a witch hunter. Also features Lori Singer and the now-ubiquitous Richard E. Grant. Area theaters.