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Newly engaged Howard Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) make a pre-nup visit to Miles Massey's office in Intolerable Cruelty.
  • Newly engaged Howard Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) make a pre-nup visit to Miles Massey's office in Intolerable Cruelty.

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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

Good Boy (PG)
Cute, impish it-kid-actor Liam Aiken stars in this story about an intergalactic dog from the dog star Sirius who comes to Earth to see if dogs have taken over the planet yet. Also stars Kevin Neelon and Molly Shannon of SN Live as the kid's mom and dad. Celebrity dog voices include Matthew Broderick and Brittany Murphy. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

*Intolerable Cruelty (PG-13)
Neither the wackiest of Coen Brothers comedies, nor the most touching, Intolerable Cruelty is, nonetheless, a delightful bit of screwball comedy with a handful of spectacular one-liners, a script impaired slightly by too many writers, a gaggle of good gags and perfect casting in the lead roles. George Clooney is hotshot divorce attorney Miles Massey, representing Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann) in the case his gorgeous young wife Marylin (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has filed against him. When Massey triumphs in court, Marylin seeks vengeance while he helplessly falls for her. Fabulous lingering shots of Zeta Jones' creamy skin and a pleasing dose of Clooney doing what he does best -- acting for the Coens. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Kill Bill (R)
Quentin Tarantino's into ... chicks with samurai swords. Even though Kill Bill has been sliced in half to avoid an Oliver Stone running time, Tarantino's storytelling is tighter than Robert Novak's Rolodex, and is an undeniable pleasurable. Uma Thurman is "the bride," aka "Black Mamba," whose wedding party has been taken out by a coterie of svelte thugs known as the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad," a murder team headed by, of course, Bill. After wrecking the wedding, Bill shoots the bride in the head. Four years later, she wakes from a coma bent on revenge. Decadent and delightful fight scenes ensue. Kill Bill closes with a cliff-hanging plot disclosure, a cavernous sword slash in Thurman's back, and three names left on her "to-kill" list, setting us up nicely for Volume 2. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak, Cinemark 16, 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. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

Misadventures in 3D (in IMAX 3D)
The latest IMAX treat, a 3D animated feature.

Cinemark IMAX

*Mystic River (R)
See full review, page 37.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Out of Time (PG-13)
A sexy thriller directed by Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress), Out of Time is surprisingly funny while maintaining its dramatic tension throughout. The smart script by David Collard poses an oddball mix of sex farce, hard-boiled detective story, steamy Southern gothic and action-adventure romp, all intriguingly played by lead actor Denzel Washington and a strong supporting cast. Washington is Matt, a small town Florida chief of police staggering between two beautiful women -- Ann (Sanaa Lathan), a high school girlfriend recently returned to town, and Alex (Eva Mendes), his soon-to-be ex-wife. When he becomes the obvious suspect in an arson/murder, Alex is the homicide detective on the case and he must stay two steps ahead of her, trying to clear himself and obscure evidence. Washington treats every plot twist with a freshly nuanced response. Expect surprises, and in spite of the PG-13 rating, some surprisingly vivid sex scenes. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Runaway Jury (PG-13)
See full review, page 38.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rundown (PG-13)
The Rock goes to the Amazon to bust up some bad guys.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*School of Rock (PG-13)
Little more than a Jack Black vanity vehicle with a plot so transparent you can practically see the screenwriter's tab indents. But you know what? It still rocks. Directed by Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life), it follows a predictable course: Voted out of his glam rock band, Dewey Finn (Black) is also behind on the rent and must find a job. When he takes a job as a substitute teacher, borrowing his friend Ned's identity, he discovers that some of his kids have musical talent. Thus, the bell rings on the school of rock, a "class project" that will eventually hustle his underage troops into the Battle of the Bands. School of Rock is the Jack Black show and he more than fills the part. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R)
Music video director Marcus Nispel brings us just what we wanted, an MTV-era remake of the gore classic. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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

Veronica Guerin (R)
Cate Blanchett plays the Irish journalist who exposes the big players in Dublin's underground heroin market and becomes a martyr for the cause in this film biopic directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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