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Attack of the clones? Star Trek: Nemesis stars Tom Hardy as Shinzon and Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Attack of the clones? Star Trek: Nemesis stars Tom Hardy as Shinzon and Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Analyze That (R)
The sequel to the comedy Analyze This, starring Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Die Another Day (PG-13)
As Pierce Brosnan has remarked in an interview, Die Another Day is like one-and-a-half Bond films in one. For fans of the incredibly lavish series, it is everything one could expect. For those new to the innumerable glories of James Bond, the movie is a gorgeous and exciting introduction to the stylized cinematic roller-coaster ride that audiences have savored for the past 40 years. The film's most concrete secret weapon is Halle Berry, who has signed a three-movie spin-off deal for her character Jinx. And, apart from one disastrously defective special-effects sequence, Die Another Day successfully raises the bar on a film series that continues to inspire imitators in an action genre that never quite equals its predecessor. -- Cole Smithey

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Drumline (PG-13)
See full review, page 27.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
Let's accent the positive: This film is a better movie than its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. However, the two movies, while sturdy and workmanlike, haven't yet captured the charm and magic of the Harry Potter books. Part of the problem lies in their too-faithful rendition of the books onto screen; part of the problem lies in pacing, with too much emphasis laid upon special effects (granted, they're great, but that's not the point) and not enough on story -- the movie is almost three hours long and still the ending is confusing. That said, when a movie sets out to be sequel-ized, a special dynamic sets in; the artists and the audience understand they're in it for the long haul and, with each movie, the world and the characters within it stand less on their own -- and the strength or weakness in the work becomes visible through accretion, film by film. So, go see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and then wait and see. You may not be able to tell whether this movie works until, let's see, perhaps 2010, when the series is finally put to bed. -- Andrea Lucard

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Hot Chick (PG-13)
A popular, unpleasant high-school prima donna (Rachel McAdams) wakes up to find that she's become a 30-year-old geek (Rob Schneider). She tries to figure out how she can return to her previous life, and in the process realizes how superficial and snotty she's been. -- Not reviewed

The Hot Chick
  • The Hot Chick

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Maid in Manhattan (PG-13)
See full review, page 26.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
A delightful confection of a film. The pacing of the first half of the film is a little slow, but it picks up nicely when the whole crazy extended family gets into the act. Romantic comedies require a deft touch, and the writing of Nia Vardalos (who also plays the lead) provides it. -- Andrea Lucard

Cinemark 16

Santa Clause 2 (G)
Eight years after the original, Tim Allen returns as Santa. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Star Trek: Nemesis (PG-13)
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and the rest of the Next Generation crew are back, and this time the story, rumored at times to be the last with this ensemble, centers on an attempted peace settlement negotiated on Romulus. But Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a creature cloned from Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, has other plans. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Two Weeks Notice (PG-13)
Hugh Grant plays billionaire George Wade, who realizes that he's in love with his attorney (Sandra Bullock) just as she's about to leave his employment. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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