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50 First Dates (PG-13)
As much as I enjoyed this romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, I want to scold the director for succumbing to gross-out jokes to attract Sandler's core audience. Henry (Sandler), a veterinarian at Sea Life Park, Hawaii, meets Lucy (Barrymore) unaware that she suffers from a brain trauma that causes her short-term memory to erase each night. Henry falls for her and decides that the best thing for Lucy is to face her memory problem. Sandler is to be congratulated for his best role since Punch Drunk Love. But it is Barrymore who holds the film together and has rarely been so captivating. Minus the crudity, 50 First Dates would have been an even better romantic comedy. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Along Came Polly (PG-13)
The world's most cautious man (Ben Stiller) makes his living analyzing high risks. When he falls in love with a girl (Jennifer Anniston), he takes the risk of cheating on his newlywed wife (Debra Messing). -- Not reviewed

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Broken Lizard's Club Dread (R)
A machete-wielding killer starts checking-out the tourists at a partying resort island run by Bill Paxton, a has-been rock star. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Brother Bear (G)
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Cheaper by the Dozen (PG)
Steve Martin coaches a football team and tries to take care of his 12 children while his wife, played by Bonnie Hunt, is out of town. A remake of the comedy classic from 1950. -- Not reviewed

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Confessions of a Teen Age Drama Queen (PG)
Hip New Yorker Lola, freshly relocated to the Jersey suburbs, can't quite fit in at her new school. As Lola guns for the lead role in the school play, she's pitted against the reigning teenage queen, who has a few aces up her sleeve. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (PG-13)
In Dirty Dancing 2, Katey (Romola Garai) new to Cuba from the USA discovers love and sensuality with Javier (Diego Luna), a local waiter. In secret, Javier teaches Katey the dance moves of Havana as the country descends into revolutionary chaos. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Eurotrip (R)
When Scotty discovers that his online German pen pal is gorgeous, he and three friends travel overseas to meet her. As they travel across Europe, the four friends have comical misadventures. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Fog of War (PG-13)
Cold War? Hell, says Robert McNamara, secretary of defense under presidents Kennedy and Johnson, it was a Hot war. The Fog of War is about America's past mixing with its present and questions of American power. McNamara's story, as seen through the lens of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, is broken into "11 Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara." The chronology is skewed and jumps between the 1990s, World War II and Vietnam as McNamara lays himself bare admitting that at times he and others acted as war criminals. The Fog of War is not solely the memories of an 85-year-old man, if you listen closely and replace the word "communists" with "terrorists," you can almost hear our leaders talking today. -- Benjamin Glahn

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Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Haunted Mansion (PG)
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Hidalgo (PG-13)
Set in 1890, Hidalgo is the story of a Pony Express courier (Viggo Mortensen) who travels to Saudi Arabia to compete in a dangerous horse race ("The Ocean of Fire") and ends up on an adventure that sends the pair around the world. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Last Samurai (R)
This epic tale of a Westerner (Tom Cruise) who goes to Japan to train imperial soldiers in modern warfare, but ends up fighting with the samurai, combines elements of Dances With Wolves, Braveheart, Seven Samurai and director Edward Zwick's own best work, Glory, in a big Hollywood spectacle that only occasionally loses its way. Tom Cruise pulls off the role with stock moves -- clenched jaw, reluctant tears, boyish grin and quick physicality -- but the masterful presence of Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto, the chief samurai warrior, almost steals the show. Stunning fight choreography and graceful cinematography by John Toll, set to music by Hans Zimmer, make for magnificent battle scenes. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PG-13)
Can you say Oscar? As in sweeps the Oscars?

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PG)
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (PG-13)
Academy Award nominee for best picture, best director (Peter Weir). Starring Russell Crowe. -- Not reviewed

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Miracle (PG)
Kurt Russell stars as the coach of the U.S. National Hockey team, led to Olympic victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team. Based on a true story. -- Not reviewed

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Mona Lisa Smile (PG-13)
1950s, Wellesley College, Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst. Need we say more? -- Not reviewed

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*Monster (R)
Charlize Theron plays executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos' decline into blind rage and murderous despair with a world-worn ache rarely seen onscreen. This is simply one of the purest, deepest, emotional immersions into a character in movie history. It is a rare occasion in the movies when an actor becomes a character, and this Academy Award winning performance by Charlize Theron is one of those extraordinary occasions. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Mystic River (R)
Based on a Dennis Lehane novel, Mystic River is a triptych character study and a mournful noir that flirts with being a traditional thriller, but thankfully is not. It's about damaged men and their grief, laced with the haunting questions of "what if?" Director Clint Eastwood does a remarkable job of balancing his characters' salt-of-the-earth machismo with equal amounts of recrimination and regret. Oscar winning performances for best actor (Sean Penn) and best supporting actor (Tim Robbins). -- John Dicker

Tinseltown

NASCAR 3D (PG) (in IMAX 3-D)
The latest IMAX treat, a 3-D animated feature. -- Not reviewed

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Ocean Wonderland (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
Swim with the fishies in IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

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The Passion of the Christ (R)
The story of the last 12 hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life, directed by Mel Gibson -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Peter Pan (PG)
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*Something's Gotta Give (PG-13)
Diane Keaton, at 57, gives the best performance of her career as Erica, a successful playwright in her 50s who thinks she's "closed for business" when it come to love and sex, until she meets Harry (Jack Nicholson), a lecherous 63-year-old who happens to be dating her 20-something daughter (Amanda Peet). Keaton has already won best actress accolades from the National Board of Review and the Golden Globes, and garnered a best actress Oscar nomination for her depiction of the emotional vulnerability and volatility, the just-below-the-surface sorrow that comes with aging. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Starsky & Hutch (PG-13)
See Review Page 38.

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Teacher's Pet (PG)
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*Touching the Void (NR)
See review this page.

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Twisted (R)
Detective Ashley Judd becomes the center of her own murder investigation when her past lovers start dying. Samuel L. Jackson costars as a cop and mentor, Andy Garcia a coworker and love interest. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Welcome to Mooseport (PG-13)
Gene Hackman, a former President of the United States, retires to Mooseport, Maine to write his memoirs. Local townspeople convince him to run for mayor and he goes up against a popular hardware store owner, Ray Romano. The competition becomes intense as Hackman develops an interest in Romano's girlfriend (Maura Tierney). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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