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'Matrix' prequel coming

The "Matrix" sequel films don't open until May and November, respectively, but fans can get a taste of things to come when the film "Dreamcatcher" opens in theaters today.

Playing with that film is "The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris," a CG-animated,11-minute short that serves as a prequel to all three "Matrix" films.

"Final Flight of the Osiris" is one of nine short animated pieces that comprise "The Animatrix," which was conceived by the Wachowski brothers (who created "The Matrix"). Several of the other shorts can be viewed online at www.theanimatrix.com. Also, a DVD that features all nine shorts will be released June 3.

For local theater locations showing "Dreamcatcher," check the "Playing at local movie theaters" in today's Weekend section.