The week after Thanksgiving is traditionally a slow one for wide releases, but for all the duds that have come out in either limited or wide release this week, there are also one or two of gems working their way into the year-end mix...

'The Warrior's Way': This samurai western starring Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Korean action star Dong-gun Jang didn't screen for press, but Peter Martin went ahead and found out why: "Fleeting moments of pleasure can be found: a rain of black-clad ninjas fall from the sky; a dance under a starry, starry night; the kooky colors of a computer-generated town; the beauty of Kate Bosworth. Unfortunately, they're barely sufficient to fill a three-minute trailer. And when the filmmakers have to rely on the reactions of an incredibly cute and expressive baby to fill out the 100-minute running time, you know you're in trouble."

Mike Hale of the New York Times sympathized: "The sometimes impressive visual effects make these battles entertaining, in a mindless way, but it's impossible to work up any feeling about them."