Most movies come off as massive, costly technological erections -- like cathedrals or suspension bridges -- but Lodge Kerrigan's Keane seems to have simply occurred of its own accord, like a piece of street drama you happened to walk by. The movie centers on a lost soul any urban dweller knows well: essentially homeless, absolutely alone, living on disability, and borderline psychotic. Keane (Damian Lewis) is first seen pleading with New York's Port Authority clerks for help finding his daughter, who he says disappeared on his watch from a boarding platform nearby. Although Lewis holds the film in his bloodshot gaze, an utterly convincing Abigail Breslin (as the seven-year-old Keane takes under his wing) is its secret weapon. Extras include an alternate ending, edited by executive producer Steven Soderbergh, that thoroughly upends the thrust of the original. -- Michael Atkinson
Over There (Fox)
File this one under "Interesting Mistakes." Set amid today's Iraq war, Steven Bochco's TV drama tried to put a human face on America's troops. Audiences decided not to support these particular troops, however, ending Over There after one season. Too bad: The show was a nice mix of the bizarre soap operas that made Bochco famous (NYPD Blue and L.A. Law) and the basic-cable blood 'n' guts of Over There's FX channel-mate The Shield -- without that show's charismatic actors or imagination, and with plenty of war-movie clichés. But Over There's failure comes not in the execution, but in the assumption that Americans actually wanted to know what kind of hell our troops are in. By refusing to deliver either a Green Berets fantasy or an Abu Ghraib nightmare, Over There put itself in the middle. And nobody's looking in the middle right now. -- Jordan Harper
House of the Dead II (Lions Gate)
It isn't really possible to make a worse zombie movie than the original House of the Dead, which actually interspliced footage from the Sega videogame into its action sequences. So yes, this sequel is better -- though it certainly won't make you forget George Romero. Your two-pronged plot: 1) The world's lamest military squadron storms a college campus that's become infested with zombies, and 2) Chaos ensues. On the plus side, director Mike Hurst never takes things too seriously, and he manages to sustain some tension toward the end. Films like this don't exactly deserve commentary tracks, but give this one a listen anyway; knowing just how much thought went into this thing should make your viewing experience that much funnier. -- Luke Y. Thompson
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