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Cold Creek Manor (R)
New Yorkers Cooper and Leah Tilson, played by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone, flee the city with their kids and all their belongings, and move into a delapidated upstate mansion, Cold Creek Manor. The renovation is going well until the house's former occupants, long dead, begin to haunt the Tilson's lives. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Duplex (PG-13)
Crime comedy starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore as young New Yorkers in search of their first home. When the rent-controlled tenant upstairs becomes a pain, they plot to get rid of her. Also stars Danny DeVito. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

The Fighting Temptations (PG-13)
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a bankrupt New York advertising executive, returning to his hometown in Alabama following his aunt's death. The hitch: He can't collect his inheritance until he whips the church choir into shape. Also stars Beyonc Knowles as one of the choir. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Freaky Friday (PG)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star in this Disney remake of the '70s hit that finds a stressed-out mother and an angry daughter switching places for a day. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Ghost of the Abyss (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
Director James Cameron once again exploits, oops that's explores the wreckage of the Titanic -- this time in 3-D. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

The Gospel of John (PG)
Canadian-British production, a word-for-word reenactment of the Good News Bible version of the Gospel of John's version of the life of Christ. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Lost in Translation (R)
Films like this deserve a special MPAA rating of BP: Be Patient. Bill Murray starts as Bob, a whiskey company spokesmodel on assignment in Tokyo. There he hooks up with lonely young newlywed Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) who refreshingly avoids what could easily descend into a staid midlife crisis film about yet another older-man-younger-woman tryst. It's Bob and Charlotte's spark of desperately needed connectivity and recognition of their respective desperation that sets it apart. Lost in Translation is also quite funny, complete with an understated slapstick sensibility rarely seen in the American art house. Bill Murray on a treadmill. Billy Murray with a thickly accented Japanese hooker. Bill Murray at a karaoke bar. The laughs come to those who wait. BP. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak, Cinemark 16

*Matchstick Men (PG-13)
There are numerous pleasures from the con of Matchstick Men, the story of an obsessive-compulsive conman and his new acquaintance with his 14-year-old daughter. First is the acting, led in particular by Alison Lohman who does a wonderful job playing a petulant teenager. Second is the pacing. Director Ridley Scott winds the audience in with near-perfect timing, delivering a suspenseful payoff that leaves you shaking your head trying to figure it all out. A caper film that, at its core, is a story of the redemptive power of family relationships. -- Andrea Lucard

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*The Matrix Reloaded (R) (in IMAX format)
Cinemark IMAX

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (R)
Otherwise known as Desperado II, which should have been called El Mariachi II. Richard Rodriguez rehashes the mysterious guy (Antonio Banderas) with a guitar case full of guns. Selma Hayak is his sexy sidekick and Johnny Depp is a mysterious CIA agent. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Out of Time (PG-13)
See full review, page 26.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
The best amusement park ride-based film ever, Pirates is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) whose Saint-Tropez tan and triptych beard has him looking like the lost lovechild of Marilyn Manson and Osama bin Laden. Depp's combination of bad-boy charm with Keystone Kops physical panache nearly redeems the film. The plot is convoluted, but cannons fly, peasants and redcoats run scattershot through the cobblestone streets and there's plenty of high seas adventure on the Black Pearl, crewed by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

The Rundown (PG-13)
The Rock goes to the Amazon to bust up some bad guys. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*School of Rock (PG-13)
See full review, page 27.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Secondhand Lions (PG)
Young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) becomes acquainted with his two eccentric uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), when his flaky mother (Kyra Sedgwick) leaves him at their Mississippi farm. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Spy Kids 3D (PG)
Re-release of the Richard Rodriguez directed summer hit, starring Antonio Banderas, Ricardo Montalban, bold colors, wild sets and tons of special effects. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13)
Diane Lane stars as an American divorcee, a lawyer, who buys a rundown villa in Tuscany and rediscovers love. Loosely based on the bestselling Frances Mayes' memoir. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Underworld (R)
A splashy, Matrix-style action thriller about the urban war between the vampires and the werewolves. Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a beautiful young vampire warrior. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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