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Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin in I - Heart Huckabees opening this week.
  • Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees opening this week.

Alaska (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

Alien vs. Predator

*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

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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

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*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

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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

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Friday Night Lights (PG-13)
Director Peter Berg's scrappy adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's 1990 book about the cult of high school football in a dying West Texas town. Billy Bob Thornton's acting range is remarkable, and in Friday Night Lights he has reached for a piece of humanity he hasn't yet depicted on film. Carrying the film alongside Thornton is the fine young actor Lucas Black as the Odessa Permian High School Panthers' worried quarterback; Derek Luke as brash, cocksure Boobie Miles, the team's star running back until he blows out his knee; and country music singer Tim McGraw as an abusive, alcoholic father in a screen debut that's surprising in its intensity and authenticity. A moving and troubling tale about winning, losing and how best to play the game. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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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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

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*The Motorcycle Diaries
See full review, page 28.

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

Cinemark 16

Cinemark IMAX

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

Cinemark IMAX

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.

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltow, Cinemark 16

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

Carmike 10

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

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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

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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

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Team America: World Police (R)
Inspired by the '60s TV series Thunderbirds, Team America is Trey Parker and Matt Stone's latest offensive slandering of various races, cultures, nationalities, celebrities and mainstream American values. A film guaranteed to make you laugh and feel guilty for doing so. A team of square-jawed, big-busted puppets outfitted like a reject-glam-band militia destroy half the sacred landmarks of the world in search of WMD. A handful of Hollywood liberals know as F.A.G. (Film Actors Guild) unite with Korean Kim Jong Il in opposition to the rebel superheroes. In many ways this is a parody of the James Bond/Austin Powers archetypal international espionage flicks, performed by foul-mouthed puppets and backed by an absurd mock-country soundtrack. Vomit, exploding heads, blood, puppet-sex and more use of the 'F' word than the annual offerings of gangsta rap. Not for the weak stomached or politically conservative. Terrible and brilliant in the same breath. Guarantee, you'll walk away singing, "America, f___ yeah!" -- Matthew Schniper

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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

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

Chapel Hills 15

Yu-Gi-Oh (PG)
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