Mean Girls
Unlike the standard movie starring Saturday Night Live cast members, this one is unrelated to any of the show’s goofball characters. Its genesis is a New York Times article about a mean streak in today’s teenage girls and one guidance counselor’s battle against the nastiness. Tina Fey, co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Edition, and also the show’s head writer, wrote the Mean Girls script and plays the guidance counselor. But the real stars are the expertly catty teens, including Freaky Friday’s Lindsay Lohan and Party of Five’s Lacy Chabert. Perhaps best of all, though, SNL alum Rob Schneider is not in this movie. April 2

Stroke of Genius
James Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion, here stars as Bobby Jones, a legendary figure of another kind. Many consider Jones to be the greatest golfer of all time. But at the height of his career, Jones walked away from playing, in part because it was no longer fun for him. The film captures that historic decision, Jones’ unprecedented ability, and his immense fame in a style that’s more reminiscent of Chariots of Fire than The Legend of Bagger Vance. With supporting talent like Malcolm McDowell and Claire Forlani, the film is well above — or should we say under? — par. April 30
— JOE GUINTO