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All the Real Girls (R)
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Kimball's Twin Peak

Anger Management (PG-13)
Jack Nicholson is the therapist from hell who must help Adam Sandler come to terms with his anger. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Carmike 10

*Bend it Like Beckham (PG-13)
A touching and rewarding coming-of-age story about a young English-Punjabi girl who defies her parents and their tradition-bound culture by playing soccer, hanging out with boys and eschewing makeup and girly clothes. Bend it Like Beckham is essentially a second-generation immigrant story (think My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and a kids' team sports story. The major sense of complexity of the immigrant experience comes through the performance of Parminder Nagra as Jess, an Anglo-English teenager living in the London suburbs with her Punjabi Sikh family. -- Andrea Lucard

Cinemark 16

Better Luck Tomorrow (R)
This MTV film directed, written and co-produced by newcomer Justin Lin explores the dark side of suburban affluence and the stereotypes of Asian-American teenagers. A group of well-off teens in Orange County dabble in petty crime, selling school papers for cash, and escalate into drugs and violence. Addresses the mind-numbing pursuit of "success" and the patronizing treatment of academically successful Asian-American students. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Bulletproof Monk (PG-13)
Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is a monk whose job is protect a sacred scroll. He hooks up with a young New York punk (William Scott) to fight off the bad guy who has been pursuing the scroll for 60 years. Martial arts action-adventure. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

*Chicago (PG-13)
The big winner at the Oscars, including Best Picture, Chicago's social commentary is biting and apt if slightly clichd: Fame is fleeting; the media is fickle. Catherine Zeta-Jones is cold and powerful as Velma Kelley, a hoofer with a heart of steel. Her singing is top-notch and her dancing is lurid and assured. Rene Zellweger gives it her all as Roxie Hart, but her singing and dancing pale next to Zeta-Jones and supporting star Queen Latifah. John C. Reilly is Chicago's most pleasant surprise, turning in a tour de force performance as Roxie Hart's hapless and devoted husband Amos. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown, Chapel Hills 15,

*City of God (PG-13)
This riveting film from Brazil feels like a documentary with its rough-edged camera work and the intimacy and immediacy of its view of the slums of Rio de Janeiro where the drug trade arose throughout the '60s and '70s and eventually erupted into open warfare on the streets in the early 1980s. The meandering story is told by Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), a local boy who escapes the fate of drug addiction and violence by becoming a storyteller/photographer whose camera is his means of escape. At the center of the story is Li'l Z, a sociopathic drug lord who kills anyone who gets in his way and regularly pays off the cops to keep them out of the City. The film offers one dramatic climax after another, building tension as the poverty and violence of the ghetto grow exponentially. Finally, the image of young kids who can't read or write wielding big guns feels ominously natural in that doomed setting. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Kimball's Twin Peak

Confidence (R)
Edward Burns is Jake Vig, a con man with a debt to pay to "The King," a mobster played by Dustin Hoffman. This classic heist flick also stars the perpetually lovely Rachel Weisz and Andy Garcia as a world-weary cop or -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

The Core (PG-13)
Hilary Swank drives deep into the center of the Earth in a last-ditch effort to save it. Also stars Aaron Eckhart. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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

Cinemark IMAX

*Holes (PG)
In a movie market jammed with adult comedies that rely on rude adolescent humor for laughs, the emergence of Holes -- an intelligent, funny kids' caper with a complex swirl of subplots -- is cause for celebration among adult and juvenile audiences alike. Based on the wildly popular, Newberry Award-winning young adult novel by Texan Louis Sachar (who also wrote the screenplay), Holes never approaches the saccharine sweetness we've come to expect in youth morality tales. The characters are flawed and frequently grotesque but oddly lovable, and the casting is impeccable: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson are rich as the three adult villains, and Shia LaBeouf as the protagonist, Stanley Yelnats, is utterly authentic and winning. Suitable for 10-year-olds, maybe a bit too scary for 6-year-olds and highly recommended for viewers 30 and up who might have forgotten the value of genuine, unadulterated adolescent humor. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

House of 1,000 Corpses (R)
A nostalgic homage to pre-Scream horror flicks like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre set on a dark and stormy Halloween night. Directed and written by Rob Zombie. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

Identity (R)
See full review, page 28

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Carmike 10

India: Kingdom of the Tiger (NR) (large format for IMAX)
A National Wildlife Federation presentation, this new IMAX film focuses on the plight of the Bengal tiger, retelling the true story of British hunter and wildlife conservationist, Edward James Corbett, who lived most of his life in India. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

It Runs in the Family (PG-13)
The Douglas family reunion -- Michael and Kirk play feuding son and father; Diana Douglas, Michael's real mom and Kirk's ex-wife, plays Kirk's wife; Cameron, Michael's real-life son plays Michael's drug-dealing son. Bernadette Peters is movie-Michael's unhappy wife. Expect lots of square chins. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Malibu's Most Wanted (PG-13)
Jamie Kennedy stars as a wannabe rap star from Malibu who acts and talks like he's from the 'hood. Ryan O'Neal is his father, gubernatorial candidate, who wants to prevent his son from ruining his image. Also stars Taye Diggs and Blair Underwood. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16

Phone Booth (R)
Colin Farrell stars as a smart-ass petty criminal who is trapped by an angry sniper in a New York City phone booth. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

*The Pianist (R)
Winner of the Oscar for Best Actor (Adrien Brody), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director (Roman Polanski). Polanski shows that the Holocaust is more astonishing in its frankness than in its febrile grandeur in this near masterpiece. The Pianist tells the story of a Polish-Jewish pianist (Brody) who spends World War II fleeing German soldiers in the Warsaw ghetto, where he and his well-to-do family suffer a host of indignities while struggling to stave off nihilism and despair. Brody's survivor, in keeping with the film's fine restraint, is not necessarily a martyr, but merely a witness to the depravity of human nature. -- John Dicker

Tinseltown

The Real Cancun (R)
The Real World goes feature length with this spring break visit to Cancun. A cast of 16 are filmed boozing, throwing up, debauching, slouching and generally making merry. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

What a Girl Wants (PG)
A New York girl (Amanda Bynes) leaves her all-American mom (Kelly Preston) to find her wealthy, stuck-up Brit dad (Colin Firth). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

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