“BE COOL”: John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer in this anything-but-cool sequel to 1995’s “Get Shorty,” with the music biz world subbing for Hollywood, and lame in-jokes replacing the wit and swagger of its predecessor. With Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Cedric the Entertainer and cameos from music and non-music folks. Rated: PG-13 (profanity, inanity, violence), Rating: 1 1/2 stars.

– By Steven Rea, Knight Ridder Newspapers

“BORN INTO BROTHELS”: The Oscar-winning documentary follows a Western photographer as she befriends a group of children living in Calcutta’s red light district.

This beautiful-looking film provides a glimpse into a taboo subculture, and shows how the energy, and innocence, of children can be found – and fostered – in even the bleakest spots on Earth. No MPAA rating (adult themes, profanity, poverty and squalor). Rating: 3 1/2 stars.

– By Steven Rea, Knight Ridder Newspapers

“SIDEWAYS”: Alexander Payne”s exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic buddy film about fortyish guys, a depressed intellectual and an affable lightweight, who embark on a bachelor debauch to the California wine country before the latter”s marriage.

With Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh. Rated: R (sexual candor, profanity, brief drugs). Rating: 4 stars.

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