The Great Debaters ***1/2

(Genius Products, '07) $29.95. 124 mins. Denzel Washington directs and stars as Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley College professor who coaches his debate club to face Harvard University's champion team during the height of the Great Depression. With Forest Whitaker, Damien Leake and Gregory Nicotero.

PG-13

(discreet sex, lynching) (CC)

Mad Money **

(Anchor Bay, '08) $29.97. 103 mins. Three women working as janitors in a bank devise a scheme to steal money from the institution - take worn-out bills headed for the shredder. With Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes.

PG-13

(mild profanity, larceny, sexual candor)

Cover *1/2

(20th Century Fox, '07) $26.98. 98 mins. Set in Philadelphia, Bill Duke's thriller explores the issue of "down-low" men. With Vivica A. Fox, Leon, Aunjanue Ellis, Patti LaBelle and Louis Gossett, Jr.

PG-13

(sexual candor, drugs) (CC)

Untraceable *1/2

(Sony Pictures, '08) $28.95. 101 mins. An FBI agent tracks a psychopath who streams his violent acts on the Net to expose the inhumanity of online voyeurs. With Diane Lane, Zachary Hoffman, Joseph Cross.

R

(torture, gore, profanity)

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