The Amityville Horror

R, 2005, 89 minutes, Columbia Tristar. Contains blood and gore, obscenity, violence, drug use and a sex scene.

Ostensibly a remake, this reminds me more of "Frankenstein" than the 1979 original: a little piece of this movie here, a little piece of that movie there. In other words, it's as reminiscent of "Amityville" number one as it is of "The Shining," "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," "Stir of Echoes," "The Sixth Sense," "Hide and Seek," "The Grudge" and a thousand other latter-day fright fests. Not to say I didn't like it. It is what it is, which is pretty scary, a little bit funny and very, very derivative.

* Extra: Deleted scenes with optional commentary.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

House of D

PG-13, 2004, 97 minutes, Lions Gate. Contains sexual and drug references, mature thematic elements and some crude language.

Actor David Duchovny's feature directorial debut is a heartfelt but at times cloying story of a boy's coming-of-age in early 1970s Greenwich Village. Despite some poetic moments, the tale of Tommy Warshaw (Anton Yelchin), told in flashback by Duchovny, is marred mostly by Robin Williams's performance as Tommy's best friend, a mentally challenged man whom the film doesn't know whether to worship or laugh at.

* Extra: Alternate ending.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

The Interpreter

PG-13, 2005, 135 minutes, Universal Home Entertainment. Contains violence, some sexual content and brief obscenity.

Sydney Pollack's thriller rides for a long time on a compelling premise: the possibility of an assassination in the United Nations' General Assembly. U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) gets wind of a plan to kill an African leader. But when she contacts the U.S. Secret Service, Silvia becomes the target of suspicion by agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn). As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time. But the characters are formulaic. As for their growing romantic tension, the apparent meat and potatoes of the movie, it could use a little more salt and pepper.

* Extra: A day in the life of real interpreters.

-- Desson Thomson

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood

R, 2004, 90 minutes, Columbia Tristar. Contains graphic obscenity and sexual situations.

Never was this funny a comedian (Martin Short) in this horrible a movie. Short's portly, tart-tongued and quite possibly extraterrestrial Jiminy Glick is a Falstaffian figure who lives and breathes show business in a supremely irritating manner, and whose voice fluctuates from "The Exorcist"-style basso profundo to something approaching castrato. But in this tortured conceit, he goes to the Toronto Film Festival, becomes a minor celebrity and also believes he may have accidentally killed an actress. It's a bizarre story, punctuated with unnecessary grossness.

* Extra: Deleted scenes.

-- Desson Thomson

{sstar} My Summer of Love

R, 2004, 81 minutes, Universal. Contains sexual scenes, obscenity and violence.

Two young women (Emily Blunt and Nathalie Press) meet by chance in the Yorkshire countryside and instantly understand they are meant for each other. Tamsin (Blunt) is a rich, horse-riding bon vivant. Mona (Press) is a working-class girl. Their budding relationship is threatened by Mona's brother and born-again Christian Phil (Paddy Considine), who doesn't like their fast growing union. Things get ugly. Whether or not the dark, almost biblical finale brings things to a satisfying conclusion is a matter for debate. But for all its melodramatic excesses, this remains highly watchable for atmosphere and performances.

* Extra: Commentary by director Pawel Pawlikowski.

-- Desson Thomson