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Christine Thayer (Thandie Newton) and Officer Ryan - (Matt Dillon) in Crash, opening this week.
  • Christine Thayer (Thandie Newton) and Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon) in Crash, opening this week.

A Lot Like Love (PG-13)
Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily (Amanda Peet) connect on a flight from Los Angeles to New York but decide they shouldn't be together. They re-connect again and again over the years to become friends and more. -- Not reviewed

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*The Amityville Horror (R)
This is a movie that will make you grit your teeth and clutch your date's arm until the final frame -- the best standard for judging horror films.

A remake of the 1979 classic, Horror follows the story of the Lutz family that moves into a waterfront mansion on Long Island. Little does the family know that three years earlier a young man had murdered his family in the same house in a fit of psychotic rage. But the learning curve is steep in the haunted house as it takes only 28 days for mild-mannered George Lutz to transform himself into the same kind of rampaging demon. This movie has most of the hallmarks of the genre, including a wicked curse lurking in the basement and a mini-skirt wearing stoner babysitter who is predictably slain. While this is a far from perfect movie, with several cheesy strobe-light littered scenes of pandemonium, mediocre acting and screenplay, the same could be said of most horror films. Leave it up to Dimension, the company that makes blockbusters out of old comic books and action themes, to bring back this warhorse and do it well. -- Dan Wilcock

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Are We There Yet? (PG)
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*The Aviator (PG-13)
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Because of Winn-Dixie (PG)
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*Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's

Red Light Kids (R)
See full review on page 32.

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Fever Pitch (PG-13)
Jimmy Fallon plays a die-hard Red Sox fan who falls in love with Drew Barrymore's hard-working businesswoman character. As the Sox season picks up, they struggle to make their relationship work. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16,


Fighter Pilot:

Operation Red Flag (NR)
Cinemark 16 IMAX Forces of Nature (NR)

A National Geographic film showcasing earthquakes, volcanoes, severe storms and interviews with the scientists who study them. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Guess Who (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays the sarcastic father of a woman who wants to marry a white boy, played by Ashton Kutcher. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Gunner Palace (PG-13)
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*The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (PG)
See full review on page 31.

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House of D (PG-13)
Written and directed by David Duchovny, who also plays Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris who "finds himself" and returns home to reconcile with his loved ones. Also starring Tea Leoni, Robin Williams and Erykah Badu. -- Not reviewed


Ice Princess (G)
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The Interpreter (PG-13)

Directed by Sydney Pollack, this film follows an FBI agent (Sean Penn) who is assigned to protect an interpreter (Nicole Kidman) who overhears an assassination plot. -- Not reviewed

Paris Hilton knocks it down a rating to the R-rated - House - of Wax.
  • Paris Hilton knocks it down a rating to the R-rated House of Wax.

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*Kung Fu Hustle (R)
Kung Fu Hustle, the newest effort by Asian box office champ Stephen Chow is a martial arts extravaganza, slapstick comedy, a tip of the hat to stylized movie violence and an absurd cartoon. Chow, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the film, achieves his purpose --entertainment with a capital E -- by sidestepping all reason and giving more attention to the over-the-top design of the film than to his own starring moments. The film opens with a Hollywood western-inspired showdown involving the Axe Gang, an army of guys in black suits and top hats wielding hatchets, and quickly departs to the mythical slum of Pig Sty Alley, a community of outcasts ruled by a cigarette-sucking, domineering landlady (Yuen Qiu) and her skirt-chasing husband. When the Axe Gang converges on Pig Sty, some unlikely heroes emerge, and fight scenes choreographed as carefully and outlandishly as grand opera ensue. Chow shamelessly roots for the underdog, and we are treated repeatedly to quirky plot shifts that underline that effort. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Man of the House (PG-13)
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Million Dollar Baby (PG-13)
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*Millions (PG)
That Millions, the heartwarming tale of a pair of motherless Irish brothers, is directed by grim meister Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) is a big surprise. The child actors, Alex Etel as Damian and Lewis McGibbon as Anthony, are natural and charming despite their eccentricities. They don't do cute; they merely are cute. Damian converses with saints and Anthony has an uncanny knack with finances, and when the two are unexpectedly gifted with a duffel bag full of cash, a series of adventures and misadventures are set in place. The film stumbles forward with a shifting focus, but enough endearing scenes to hold it together. The ending should have been dispensed in the cutting room, but it doesn't ruin the effect of having watched a sweet family heal itself with a little help from the spirit world. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (PG-13)
In this sequel, Sandra Bullock stars as Gracie Hart, a police officer who goes undercover in Las Vegas to rescue characters played by William Shatner and Heather Burns. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

National Treasure (PG)
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The Pacifier (PG)
Family comedy starring Vin Diesel as a Navy S.E.A.L. who fails to protect the government scientist he is assigned to guard. In an effort to redeem himself, he decides to care for the man's children when he finds out they are in danger. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Phantom of the Opera (PG-13)
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Pooh's Heffalump Movie (G)
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Racing Stripes (PG)
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The Ring Two (PG-13)
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Robots (PG)
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*Sahara (PG-13)
People who take the problems of Africa very seriously will either puke or die laughing when they see this movie, a big-budget slice of American beefcake motoring up the Niger River into the desert. Two parts action flick and one part Peace Corps-style quirky humor, Sahara is one of the most entertaining cross-border comedy adventures since Spies Like Us. Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn play a pair of treasure hunters searching for a Civil War-era ironclad ship they believe to have ended up in Africa. Penelope Cruz plays a doctor from the World Health Organization on the trail of a new plague that threatens to become an epidemic. Penelope and the boys join forces as they dodge gunships up the Niger River and camel-riding assassins in the desert. Shot in Morocco and Spain (doubling for Mali and Nigeria respectively), Sahara is pure fun -- international buffoonery, American style. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sharks 3-D (NR)
Jean-Michel Cousteau presents an up-close experience with a variety of shark species found around the world. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

*Sin City (R)
Robert Rodriguez (The Faculty) teams up with Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino to direct a TKO of a movie that resonates with Tarantino's awe-inspiring Kill Bill movies. Filmed with state-of-the-art special effects, Sin City is a lush, stylized, dark and gritty film that weaves together three Miller comics with eye-popping results that threaten to addict audiences. Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is an uncompromising honest cop who does eight years of hard time for a crime he didn't commit in order to protect a little girl named Nancy after she's kidnapped by the serial rapist son (Nick Stahl) of the town's corrupt senator (Powers Boothe.) It's a film that lives on in your memory like a fantasy nightmare where real, living people morph into super-action visions of beguiling but elegant brutality. -- Cole Smithey

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Upside of Anger (R)
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xXx: State of the Union (PG-13)
Ice Cube stars as Darius Stone, Augustus Gibbons' (Samuel L. Jackson) second xXx recruit. Stone is sent to the nation's capitol to track George Deckert's (Willem Dafoe) military splinter group slated to overthrow the U.S. government. -- Not reviewed

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