Greetings, citizen. Are you getting enough oxygen? Excellent. First, the 60 second version: Saw II is bloody, Meryl rules, The Legend of Zorro is fun but not fun enough, and Nic Cage is a bastard. For details, read on.

  • Saw II: Aw yeah - no neutral reviews here, baby. Robert hated it so much that his review has gotten a comment from each and every person who liked the movie. Or thinks they might like it. Or thinks he shouldn't. Sadly for the movie's fans, Robert isnotexactly alone. There are, however, a few who actually sort ofdug it - no matter their reactions, though, I think it's safe to say that everyone agrees on one thing: Saw II is very much not for the squeamish.
  • The Legend of Zorro: The problem with making a sequel to a movie that everyone likes in spite of themselves is that it's really unlikely you're going to take them by surprise again, and The Legend of Zorro is no exception. When Stephen Holden describes it as "busier, sloppier, less coherent and more frantic" that the original (meaning the one from 1998, not the first one ever), he's nicely summarized the prevailingopiniononthisone. If you go in with the right attitude, though, it's sure to be fun - plus, the people are pretty. That's something, right?
In limited release this week are the suicide bomber drama Paradise Now (which impressed me a lot but has also absorbed its fair share of condemnation) and the reissue of Michelangelo Antonioni's gloriousThe Passenger.

Still in theaters: