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A look at what's new in movies, books, music, television, video games and DVDs for the weekend.

MOVIES:

"SPIDER-MAN 3"

The third movie in the hugely successful movie series has Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) feeling more comfortable with being Spider-Man and Gwen Parker's boyfriend, but a face from his past and new villains Sandman and Venom don't let him stay content for long. with Kristen Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco and Topher Grace. Directed by Sam Raimi. Released by Columbia Pictures. This film is not yet rated.

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What the critics say:

"Left dangling for the past three years, arachnophiles everywhere finally have cause to celebrate."

-Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

"This summer's first obligatory blockbuster is all thumbs."

-Nathan Lee, The Village Voice

"LUCKY YOU"

A poker pro named Huck (Eric Bana) finds himself falling for lounge singer Billie (Drew Barrymore) as he prepares to face his greatest opponent - his father (Robert Duvall), who happens to be a champion player entered in the same tournament as his son. With Debra Messing and Jean Smart. Directed by Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential"). Released by Warner Bros. Rated PG-13.

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What the critics say:

"After several delayed release dates, Warner Bros. finally lays down its cards with 'Lucky You,' and it's a weak hand."

-Brian Lowry, Variety

"It's dull, dull, dull."

-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE (check local listings):

"CIVIC DUTY"

A psychological thriller about an unemployed accountant (Peter Krause) who finds himself increasingly suspicious of his new neighbor, an Islamic graduate student, and fearing that this foreign neighbor is working on a terrorist plot. With Khaled Abol Naga, Kari Matchett and Richard Schiff. Released by Freestyle Releasing. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"Tensely plotted and suffused with an eerie gloom."

-Sara Brady, Premiere Magazine

"The well-structured scenario is arresting but ill-served by an overly fussy visual treatment from helmer Jeff Renfroe."

-Justin Chang, Variety

"PARIS, JE T'AIME"

An eclectic array of 18 filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuaron and Walter Salles contributed to this expansive movie that tells short stories of love unfolding in various places around the City of Lights. Starring Juliette Binoche, Natalie Portman, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Bob Hoskins, Bruno Podalydes, Gaspard Ullieil, Fanny Ardant, Gena Rowlands, Florence Muller and Willem Dafoe. Released by First Look. Rated R.

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"The film is necessarily uneven but has an overall winning charm."

-Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter

"'Paris, Je T'aime''s brimming declaration of love to the City of Lights leaves one breathless but dissatisfied."

-Ed Gonzalez, The Village Voice

"SEPTEMBER DAWN"

Based on a true story, this drama concerns a group of pioneers who were slaughtered in 1857 by a mysterious group of attackers who may or may not have been in the service of Mormons bent on keeping non-believers out of Utah. Starring Jon Voight, Terrence Stamp, Tamara Hope, Trent Ford and Lolita Davidovich. Directed by Christopher Cain. Released by Black Diamond Pictures. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

No reviews were available for this film.





VIDEO:

"Because I Said So"

Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore star in this comedy about a protective but overbearing mother (Diane Keaton) who tries to help her youngest daughter find the right man in the hope that that will allow her avoid all the mistakes mom made. With Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo and Gabriel Macht. Directed by Michael Lehmann ("Heathers"). Released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available May 8.

"Breaking and Entering"

A London landscape architect (Jude Law) sets out to catch the youths who burglarized his office, and after he tracks one of them down he begins an affair with the boy's mother (Juliette Binoche), a Bosnian immigrant. The mother, who still bears scars from the Bosnian war, is not pleased when she discovers why her new lover found her, so she decides to blackmail him. With Robin Wright Penn, Martin Freeman and Vera Farmiga. Directed by Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient," "Cold Mountain"). Released by The Weinstein Company. Rated R. Available May 8.

"Catch and Release"

After her fiancé dies suddenly, a woman (Jennifer Garner) finds solace in his childhood friends (Kevin Smith, Sam Jaeger and Timothy Olyphant) and discovers there was a great deal about her would-be husband that she didn't know. With Sonja Bennett and Juliette Lewis. Directed by Susannah Grant. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available May 8.

"Deliver Us from Evil"

Father Oliver O'Grady was a popular priest who served at numerous Northern California parishes in the '70s,'80s and '90s. What the Catholic Church hierarchy knew, and what his parishioners did not, was that Father Ollie was a serial child molester who was shuttled from church to church to cover his crimes. Filmmaker Amy Berg interviews O'Grady and a number of his victims and their families, weaving a tale of a criminal who hid behind a collar, a church who placed his welfare above its children's, and psyches that will never entirely heal. Released by Lion's Gate. Not rated. Available May 8.

"Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"

A mixture of biopic and fiction starring Nicole Kidman as celebrated photographer Diane Arbus, who rejected her privileged upbringing to focus on her art and created memorably disturbing portraits of people from all levels of American society. With Robert Downey, Ty Burrell and Harris Yulin. Directed by Steven Shainberg ("Secretary"). Released by New Line Home Video. Rated R. Available May 8.

"Music and Lyrics"

A washed-up '80s pop star named Alex (Hugh Grant) gets the chance to pen a song for a famous pop diva, but he panics when he realizes he has only days to complete the assignment. He gets help from an unlikely source - Sophie, the woman who tends to his plants but happens to have a knack for writing lyrics and who may also be his soul mate. With Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston and Campbell Scott. Released by Warner Home Video. Rated PG-13. Available May 8.

"The Painted Veil"Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Edward Norton star in this drama about an adulterous English couple in China who find some measure of redemption when they take a trip into the disease-ridden mainland. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Directed by John Curran. Released by Warner Home Video. Rated PG-13. Available May 8.





VIDEO GAMES:

"ARMA: Combat Operations"

A first-person shooter that takes players through more than 20 military campaigns in detailed environments, with an emphasis on both strategy and quick trigger fingers. Published by Atari for PC. Rated M. Available May 8.

"Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars"

A strategy game set in the year 2047 in which players lead armies to try to stop a madman from using a radioactive alien substance to conquer the world. Published by Electronic Arts for Xbox 360 (title already available for PC). Rated T. Available May 8.

"Hot Wheels Ultimate Racing"

A racing game that has players guide cars on stunt tracks or competing with other fast vehicles in a detailed fantasy world. Published by DSI Games for Sony PSP. Rated E. Available May 8.

"Spider-Man 3"

This action game based on the movie lets you be both good and bad as Spider-man, who has an encounter with an alien substance that makes him want to misbehave. Features Sandman, Venom and eight other villains from the Marvel universe. Published by Activision for PlayStation 3, PlayStation, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and Gameboy. Rated T. Available May 8.

"Taito Legends 2"

A collection of Taito's classic arcade games including Space Invaders, Wild Western, Elevator Action, Front Line, Gun Frontier, Hat Trick Hero, Ray Force, G Darius and Crazy Balloon. Published by Destineer for PlayStation 2. Rated T. Available May 7.





MUSIC:

Björk, "Volta": Backed up by a brass section, the pixie-ish singer from Iceland spins tunes in collaboration with the likes of Timbaland, Antony Hegarty and Brian Chippendale. Released by Atlantic/WEA. In stores May 8.

Chanticleer, "And On Earth Peace: A Chanticleer Mass": The San Francisco choral group pays tribute to its late founder with this collection of devotional songs from such composers as Arvo Part and Andrea Gabrieli. Released by Warner Classics. In stores May 8.

Dolores O'Riordan, "Are You Listening?": The Cranberries' former singer makes her long-awaited solo debut. Released by Sanctuary Records. In stores May 8.

Elliott Smith, "New Moon": A two-disc collection featuring 24 songs from the singer, who committed suicide in 2003 at age 34. Released by Kill Rock Stars. In stores May 8.

Barbra Streisand, "Streisand: Live In Concert": A two-disc set of songs recorded from the singer and Renaissance woman's 2006 tour; Includes performances of songs Streisand hasn't sung in public for decades, including "(Have I Stayed) Too Long At the Fair?" and "Unusual Way." Released by Sony. In stores May 8.

Travis, "The Boy with No Name": Brian Eno helped produce the Scottish band's this fifth studio album. Released by Sony. In stores May 8.

The View, "Hats off to the Busker": The much-anticipated debut album from the Scottish rock band features their first hit single, "Wasted Little DJs." Released by 1965 Records. In stores May 8.





TV:

All times are EST/PST.

Sunday, May 6

"The Simpsons": Homer begins sleepwalking, which somehow leads to a stint as a volunteer firefighter. 8 p.m., Fox.

"Cold Case": The season finale has the whole cold case team held hostage. 9 p.m. CBS.

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Tuesday, May 8

"Pocahontas Revealed": This "Nova" program revisits the story of Capt. John Smith and Pocahontas through artifacts found at Jamestown and the site where Pocahontas' village once stood. 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

"When Kids Get Life": A "Frontline" presentation that gets close to five Colorado kids serving prison sentences to examine how the justice system treats juveniles convicted of murder. 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Wednesday, May 9

"Jericho": It's town vs. town as Johnston and his small band prepare to fight the greater forces of New Bern. 8 p.m. CBS.

"Lost": Ben agrees to tell Locke some of the island's secrets. Finally! 10 p.m., ABC.

Thursday, May 10

"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?": A two-hour special for the game show in which the adult contestants go back to class so they won't be humiliated by brainy, upstart kids. 8 p.m., Fox.





BOOKS:

Haruki Murakami, "After Dark": A fashion model, her sister, a musician and a prostitute cross paths late one night in Tokyo in this novel that interweaves three separate stories. Published by Knopf. In stores May 8.

Elmore Leonard, "Up in Honey's Room": U.S. marshal Carl Webster, the hero of Leonard's novel "The Hot Kid," returns to track down two escaped German POWs during World War II, a trail that leads him to a Detroit butcher who's spying for the Nazis and the butcher's amorous wife. Published by HarperCollins. In stores May 8.

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