Stephen Dorff stars in this oh-so-pathetic horror movie about a website that causes it’s visitors to die oh-so-gruesome deaths exactly 48 hours after first logging on. What starts off as a semi-clever premise turns to recycling every horror clich there is within the first five minutes, but the filmmakers think they can make up for this by using sharp editing techniques. They were wrong. Directed b

By Gus Bode

Al Pacino stars in this Hollywood satire about an aging film director who resurrects his career by creating a digital actress whose popularity takes the world by storm. The film falls flat and changes course about halfway through, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the funnier films to hit theaters in recent months. And although the story gets too sentimental, Pacino keeps the ship afloat to the very end. Directed by Andrew Niccol. PG-13, 1 hour, 57 minutes. Playing at University Place 8.

Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes take to the ring in this boxing story set behind the bars of a prison. Organized into a fight by a mob boss played by the enjoyable Peter Falk, “Undisputed” manages to make for a tense boxing adventure but trips on itself when it tries to be a prison movie. Directed by Walter Hill. Rated R, 1 hour, 31 minutes. Playing at the Varsity Theater.

Playing this week at SPC Films:The Cervantes Film Festival

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SPC Films gets festive this weekend with a handful of Spanish language films presented in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday in the Student Center Auditorium, and all shows are free to the public.

Perhaps most interesting to the general public is “Open Your Eyes,” a drama starring Penelope Cruz that was remade into the recent “Vanilla Sky,” which also featured Cruz. It plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Also playing is “The Yellow Fountain,” the story of a girl searching for her parents’ murderer, at 7 p.m. Thursday; a road movie set in a Madrid suburb on New Year’s Eve, 1999, called “The First Night of My Life” at 7 p.m. Friday; “Tierra” at 7 p.m. Saturday; and the Academy Award-nominated “Secrets of the Heart” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Playing exclusively at the Varsity Theater

Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin and Vincent D’Onofrio star in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 classic film about soldiers serving in Vietnam. Vicious, violent and unrelenting, “Full Metal Jacket” remains one of the late Kubrick’s most memorable films. It will play at midnight Friday and Saturday nights at the Varsity, and admission is $3. Rated R, 1 hour, 56 minutes.

If you passed over this underrated gem while it was in the theaters, don’t let the video get by you too. Gene Hackman stars in one of his funniest roles as Royal, a gruff old guy who wants to set things even with his long-estranged family before he dies, much to their bitter chagrin. Director Wes Anderson creates a wonderfully surreal New York City as a backdrop, and excellent performances from Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller, among others, make for one of last year’s most quirky and touching films. Rated R, 1 hour, 50 minutes.

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