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May 8, 2010

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THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) The indestructible Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back once more, and, having broken bones and taken lives elsewhere, he’s ready to take Manhattan in the name of confronting the government outfit that made him an assassin. Paul Greengrass, who directed the previous installment, has taken great care to see that the film feels leaner and more exhilaratingly fluid than its predecessors. Damon, meanwhile, cuts an even more efficiently ruthless action figure than before. David Strathairn and Joan Allen hold down the movie’s other end as dueling feds. (PG-13; runs through May 17) WESLEY MORRIS

SIGNS
(Starz on Comcast) “Independence Day’’ as seen from the Panic Room. Mel Gibson and family fight off an alien invasion, but mostly they just watch it on TV. Still, M. Night Shyamalan is becoming more and more expert at showing fear reflected in the faces of his characters — and what we do see of the aliens is majorly creepy. (PG-13; runs through May 20) TY BURR

KILL BILL, VOL. 1
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) The worst thing about the first Quentin Tarantino picture in five years is that after 93 minutes of some of the most spellbinding storytelling you’re likely to see this year, it ends. The plot is simple and sad enough. A woman (Uma Thurman) seeks revenge on the man (David Carradine) and the four assassins who killed her entire wedding party and left her for dead. The picture uses the entire history of screen violence to enthrall. (R; runs through June 1) WESLEY MORRIS

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