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Shrouded in darkness, Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is about to come face to face with unspeakable horror in Wrong Turn.
  • Shrouded in darkness, Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is about to come face to face with unspeakable horror in Wrong Turn.

2 Fast 2 Furious (PG-13)
The long-anticipated sequel to earlier thrill ride Fast and the Furious features a return performance from Paul Walker as renegade cop Brian O'Conner. A frequently shirtless Tyrese Gibson fills the hunkiness gap left by Vin Diesel. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*Bruce Almighty (PG-13)
After a less than enthusiastic reception to more serious roles in The Majestic and Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey returns to his tried-and-true physical comedy routine. Carrey plays an insufferable television reporter longing for an anchor job. When he doesn't get the job he rants at God, blaming the Almighty for his misfortunes and his "trivial life." He receives on audience with God (Morgan Freeman) who wants to go one vacation and leave Bruce in charge. There is little logic to the film's journey to its obvious conclusion, way too many trademark Jim Carrey stunts minus interesting characterization, and far too little screen time for co-stars Freeman and Jennifer Aniston. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Daddy Day Care (PG)
Eddie Murphy is a recently unemployed dad who opens a daycare center run by men. Poopie jokes galore. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15; Cinemark 16; Tinseltown

*Down With Love (PG-13)
Peyton Reed, director of the wonderfully biting and energetic cheerleading movie Bring It On, pulls off a retro, candy-colored sex farce that stands the Doris Day/Rock Hudson dynamic on its head in this romantic comedy that takes romance clichs and tosses them around like so many olives in a martini shaker. Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor are perfectly cast as author Barbara Novak and-man-about town/journalist Catcher Block, would-be lovers who are too caught up in their public identities to succumb to true romance. David Hyde Pierce, Frazier's Niles, steals the show as Block's neurotic, possibly homosexual boss, Peter McManus. But the production team is the real star of Down With Love which bubbles with saturated color and groovy 1960s-era ambience. The costumes are fabulous and the apartment sets scream bachelor and bachelorette pad -- his in masculine shades of blue and chrome, hers in bouncy primary colors. Don't leave too early or you'll miss the zippy musical number by Zellweger and McGregor that runs alongside the closing credits -- the film's cute, suitably sexy and notably naughty footnote. -- Kathryn Eastburn


Dusk Till Dawn
Not reviewed


Finding Nemo (G)
Animated Disney flick about cute fishies, featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Geoffrey Rush, and, I kid you not, Willem Dafoe. Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, 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

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, and retells the true story of British hunter and wildlife conservationist, Edward James Corbett, who lived most of his life in India. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

The In-Laws (PG-13)
Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas are prospective fathers-in-law in this remake of the underrated '70s comedy starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. Also featuring Candice Bergen. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

The Italian Job (PG-13)
See full review, page 24.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*The Matrix Reloaded (R)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) exhibits fresh powers in Matrix Reloaded that promise to play a significant role in part three, coming in November. Since the first film, he has switched from confused Matrix slave into a Superman-styled messianic protagonist with a heightened love for S&M warrior priestess Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) in her signature patent leather cat suit. What's at stake, essentially, in Matrix Reloaded -- besides the question of whether Neo and Trinity can lead humanity if indeed that is all that exists outside the Matrix -- is a symbolic capacity for original or individual thought. The world of violent, super-action cinema is about to swing in a very aggressive direction. Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be Matrix days at the movies for a very long time to come. -- Cole Smithey

Kimball's Twin Peak, Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX, Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*A Mighty Wind (PG-13)
The latest mock-u-mentary from Christropher Guest (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) holds its own as an exuberant treatment of a revered era: the '60s and '70s. Three folk groups are brought together for a reunion concert at Town Hall in New York City by a nervous producer (Bob Balaban.) The old days are warmly remembered by the players in interviews, while the awkward reunion is staged in real time. Guest lets his actors go nuts, and the audience shares in their genuine pleasure. The songs are dead-on facsimiles of the songs of our youth, penned by the cast and rendered in perfect harmonies. A mild but satisfying entertainment, A Mighty Wind, is a soft breeze in the midst of the summer cinema's hurricane season. Kathryn Eastburn

Kimball's Twin Peak

Wrong Turn (R)
Horror flick with "strong violence and gore." The tag line: Wrong Turn ... it's the last one you'll ever take. Ouch. Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*X2: X-Men United (PG-13)
The new and improved X-Men is darker than the first and, even for the uninitiated, a fascinating comic book adventure come to life. There's more of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the taste of his torment as he paces the Earth with the instincts of a wild animal, the hairdo of a '50s rock 'n' roll devil, the physique of a G.I. Joe doll and the bony anatomy of Edward Scissorhands. Mystique, the blue vinyl shape-shifter played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos gets full star treatment as Magneto's (Ian McKellen) sizzling sidekick. Nightcrawler, a new character introduced and creepily played by Alan Cumming, brings religion to the mix, raising questions about faith and fervor while bonding with a group who can appreciate his ability to disappear into a thin wisp of smoke. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart duke it out for the title of Most Intriguing Soon-to-be Elderly Actor as Magneto and Professor Xavier -- former friends, now intellectual foes who disagree on how mutants should interact with humans in a world that dangerously polarizes anyone who diverts from the mainstream. Bravo, X-Men! Encore! -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15

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