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Kim Jong Il in his puppet palace in Team America: - World Police, the newest offering from the creators - of South Park.
  • Kim Jong Il in his puppet palace in Team America: World Police, the newest offering from the creators of South Park.

Due to early press time, locations of movies opening this week were not available. Some of the films listed below may be removed from the theater on Friday, so be sure to call theaters to determine film locations. Locations and a complete list of new films opening will return to this page next week, Oct. 21.

Alaska (NR)
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Alien vs. Predator (PG-13)
When archaeologists discover a strange pyramid 2,000 feet below Antarctica's frozen surface, they bring humans into a battle between two extraterrestrial species -- aliens and predators of previous sci-fi movie fame. -- Not reviewed

*The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13)
Since the terrific action thriller The Bourne Identity, the reluctant hero, former CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his spunky French companion Maria (Franka Potente) have apparently enjoyed some R & R. But Bourne is being pursued again, this time by a shady Russian agent who is part of a conspiracy that frames him for the assassination of two Berlin agents. The true star of The Bourne Supremacy is director Paul Greengrass, whose fight-scene cinematography is riveting. This sequel is not quite as personally involving as its predecessor, but equally as thrilling and easily one of the best films of summer '04. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Catwoman (PG-13)
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Cellular (PG-13)
A young man (Chris Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Kim Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped and thinks she's going to be killed soon. She doesn't know where she is, and his cell phone battery might run out soon. -- Not reviewed

*Collateral (R)
In Michael Mann's Collateral, corruption lurks in the underground commerce of the international drug trade and is embodied by a hit man named Vincent (Tom Cruise). Vincent arrives in Los Angeles to take out five potential witnesses during a one-night spree. With money and a big gun, he forces taxi driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to be his unwilling chauffeur. Mann masterfully sets up scene after scene, transporting the audience with the camera as if we too were riding along in the cab. Foxx, known best for his comedy roles, delivers a multifaceted performance as a terrified, confused, intelligent and deeply humane protagonist. -- Kathryn Eastburn

First Daughter (PG)
The first daughter of the U.S. president heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda. -- Not reviewed

The Forgotten (PG-13)
After losing her son, a grieving mother visits a shrink who tells her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. After meeting a fellow patient with a similar story, she sets out to prove her son's existence and her sanity. -- Not reviewed

Friday Night Lights (PG-13)
See full review, page 106.

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

Garfield (PG)
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*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
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*Hero (PG-13)
Director Zhang Yimou's brilliant and haunting meditation on the birth of the Chinese empire should appeal to fans of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The film focuses on China's first emperor who seeks to unite the warring provinces and a group of master assassins who stand in his way. Jet Li is the nameless warrior who kills the assassins and arrives on the emperor's doorstep. He tells the story of his battles, seen in flashback. But Li's story is soon contradicted by the emperor, who sees a plot to assassinate him. The result is a mosaic of Rashomon-like contradictory flashbacks filled with stunning kung-fu acrobatics. Yimou removes the usual hokey jokes associated with the kung fu genre (the film is strikingly humorless), concentrating instead on making the film as beautiful as possible. The screen is drenched in amazing colors, computer animation and graceful violence. This work of art deserves to be seen on the big screen where it can be fully appreciated. -- Dan Wilcock

I, Robot (PG-13)
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Ladder 49 (PG-13)
Responding to the worst blaze in his career, firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. As he reflects on his life, Jack's mentor, Chief Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), frantically coordinates the effort to save him. -- Not reviewed

Mr. 3000 (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays a retired baseball player who has modeled his post-ball life on his 3,000 hits as a major-leaguer. Seven years after having quit, a review of his record finds him three hits short of the milestone. He has no choice but to stage a comeback. -- Not reviewed

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
Napoleon Dynamite is a harmless spawn of Sundance that could have been an excellent character piece had it not overindulged in its own idiosyncratic sensibility. The film's protagonist is Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a teenager whose mouth is forever agape and whose disposition hops between extreme dopiness and standard-issue adolescent indignation. If there's anything of a plot, it occurs when the quixotic Napoleon befriends Pedro, a newly arrived Mexican who makes a bid for class president. The two launch a campaign that -- like so much in their hometown of Preston, Idaho -- seems motivated by boredom as much as anything else. While Napoleon Dynamite is littered with hilarious bits and pieces, they add up to only a few hard laughs and not much else. -- John Dicker

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The Notebook (PG-13)
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Ocean Oasis (NR)
An explanation of the how and why of the wide variety of life in and around the Sea of Cortez. -- Not reviewed

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Jude Law as Sky Captain in Sky Captain and the World - of Tomorrow.
  • Jude Law as Sky Captain in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

The Passion of the Christ (R)
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Raise Your Voice (PG)
A small town girl (Hilary Duff) spends a summer at a performing arts school in Los Angeles, encountering big city circumstances and romance that challenge her small town upbringing. -- Not reviewed

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R)
The film begins where the first Resident Evil film left off, with Alice in the heart of the ravaged and deadly Raccoon City. She and the rest of the cast will battle their way through the ravenous undead, Umbrella forces and bioengineered weapons, the most deadly being the assassin named Nemesis. -- Not reviewed

Riding Giants (PG-13)
A semiserious documentary, Riding Giants is a multigenerational insider's look at the origins of big wave surfing and its colorful, mostly subversive culture. -- Not reviewed

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
The cult classic, audience participation flick will play every Saturday at the Lon Chaney Theater downtown. Audience members are encouraged to dress in character and bring props. No open flames allowed, but flashlights are OK. Admission and all the popcorn you can eat for $5.

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Shall We Dance? (PG-13)
A romantic comedy in which a bored, overworked accountant, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. This remake of the Japanese hit film stars Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. -- Not reviewed

Shark Tale (PG)
This under-sea Mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the story of a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Will Smith), who finds himself blamed for the death of the mob boss shark's son. Hoping to win favor with the enemies of the ganglord, the fast-talking hustler poses as the killer known as the "sharkslayer", but soon comes to realize that his claim may have serious consequences. --Not reviewed

Shaun of the Dead (R)
A British import paying homage to George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead trilogy. -- Not reviewed

Shrek 2 (PG)
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*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures, Sky Captain plays like a kid movie wrapped in the skin of an experimental art film. But don't be fooled, it's still pure summer blockbuster bliss -- weird, wild, stylistically original and unabashedly fun. Sky Captain opens in 1939 New York City with a dirigible flight, a frightened scientist and two mysterious vials. But before we get to the bottom of things, there are giant robots marching through Manhattan on an unknown mission. Sky Captain clips along at a brisk pace, taking our heroes from New York to Nepal to the middle of the ocean while still keeping the story simple and the action beats regular. An honestly fun, genre blending, humdinger of an adventure flick. -- Scott Renshaw

Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
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Taxi (PG-13)
A mouthy cab driver (Queen Latifah) has hot tips for a green cop (Jimmy Fallon) set on solving a string of bank robberies. -- Not reviewed

Team America: World Police (R)
Marionette superheroes fight to end terrorism and put tired celebrities out of their misery. This film has already garnered an official White House response, wherein the Bush administration objected to the film's "mocking the war on terror." With puppet sex. -- Not reviewed

The Terminal (PG-13)
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The Village (PG-13)
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What the Bleep Do We Know? (R)
There are many aspects to What the Bleep Do We Know that deserve slamming, but a lack of ambition is certainly not one of them. It is a film about ideas, big ideas. Defying genre categorization, it uses documentary, narrative and experimental film technique to drive a storyline based around a young woman photographer. The film is dominated by a panel of 14 physicists and professional mystics deployed to pontificate the limits of human consciousness, the nature of God, and our infinite potential to create our reality. At its best, it flirts with the sort of intellectual calisthenics that'll make your brain spasm; at its worst, the movie often winds up feeling exactly like what it is: a pedagogical artifice. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

Wimbledon (PG-13)
A fading tennis player loses his ambition and drops to 157th on the pro circuit. A budding relationship with a young player on the women's circuit helps him recapture his focus. -- Not reviewed

Without a Paddle (PG-13)
Three guys take a canoe upriver into Oregon's wilderness, where everything that can go wrong does. -- Not reviewed

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