This light comedy from Woody Allen pales in comparison to his classic works like 'Annie Hall' and 'Manhattan.' Still, there are plenty of laughs in this tale of a neurotic director (Allen) who goes blind while shooting his latest movie. TŽa Leoni, Debra Messing, Treat Williams and George Hamilton round out the cast. (Pat Holmes)

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This week's installment in the Northwest Film Center's Elia Kazan series is a classic that encapsulates the director's position as an esteemed filmmaker and a tainted name-dropper during the black days of the McCarthy era. This tale of corruption among New York's dockworkers also is a personal defense of informing in the name of a good cause. The main thing is it's a great movie, with tough writing, vivid imagery and powerhouse performances. As Terry Malloy, who coulda been a contender, Marlon Brando gives one of the performances that forever changed the face of screen acting. As director, Kazan shows talent that outshines any personal failings Ñ and the conflict may even enrich the work. (PH)

7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Guild Theatre, 829 S.W. Ninth Ave.


Sam Raimi's long-awaited film delivers the goods. 'Spider-Man' is a confident, assured roller coaster ride that manages to stay remarkably true to the original Marvel comics while adding a few welcome twists. The computer-generated effects and action sequences are thrilling to look at, but the film's success rests on Tobey Maguire's sympathetic portrayal of teen-ager/arachnid Peter Parker. Willem Dafoe is wonderfully deranged as the villainous Green Goblin, and Kirsten Dunst charms as Mary Jane, Parker's love interest. (Dawn Taylor)

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