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Nicole Kidman stars as Isabel Bigelow/Samantha in - Columbia Pictures romantic comedy Bewitched.
  • Nicole Kidman stars as Isabel Bigelow/Samantha in Columbia Pictures romantic comedy Bewitched.

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D (PG)
A boy's imaginary superhero friends come to life and join him in a series of adventures. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring David Arquette and Kristin Davis. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Amityville Horror (R)
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*Batman Begins (PG-13)
See full review on p. 29.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

*Cinderella Man (PG-13)
Ron Howard again teams up with screenwriter Akiva Goldman (A Beautiful Mind) and actor Russell Crowe to tell the tale of "Irish Jim" Braddock's descent into poverty at the height of the Depression, his virtuous life as a husband and father, and his ultimate triumph in the ring over ruthless heavyweight champion Max Baer. Despite some problems with pacing and Howard's tendency to go on too long -- the film clocks in at two and a half hours -- Cinderella Man accomplishes its dual purpose: It tells the uplifting tale of Braddock's boxing career while creating a lump-in-the-throat metaphor for what is (or, at least, what was) best about America, land of opportunity. Because Rocky told the same story, it's impossible not to make comparisons, and there are many obvious ones here. Where Rocky had the crowd cheering for the punch-drunk palooka from Nowheresville, Cinderella Man leaves the audience smiling and satisfied, though not particularly stimulated. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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

Forces of Nature (NR)
A National Geographic film showcasing earthquakes, volcanoes, severe storms and interviews with the scientists who study them. -- Not reviewed

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Guess Who (PG-13)
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Herbie: Fully Loaded (G)
Maggie (Lindsay Lohan) becomes the new owner of Number 53, a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. She and the car train to compete in NASCAR. Also starring Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hitch (PG-13)
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The Honeymooners (PG-13)
New York bus driver Ralph Kramden (Cedric the Entertainer) always is coming up with get-rich-quick schemes. Luckily, his friend Ed Norton (Mike Epps) always is around to get him out of trouble. Also starring Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Eric Stoltz and John Leguizamo. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Ice Princess (G)
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The Interpreter (PG-13)
Master director Sydney Pollack (Cold Mountain, Out of Africa) knows how to craft an excellent film, so it's a disappointment that The Interpreter is so haphazardly constructed and emotionally vague. Beautiful as always, Nicole Kidman is well cast as Silvia Broome, a hyper-intelligent but icy United Nations interpreter who overhears a coup d'etat threat in an obscure African language. She can understand the language because she grew up in Africa, and as the plot thickens, the viewer learns that her connections to the assassination plot may be personal. Charged with protecting the visiting African dignitary (and coup target) is agent Tobin Keller (played by a boozy Sean Penn), a man who is struggling to deal with the recent death of his wife. The problem is there are two many plotlines to tie together, and an otherwise intriguing film becomes a messy meditation, rather than a taut thriller. -- Dan Wilcock

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Kicking and Screaming (PG)
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Kingdom of Heaven (R)
During the Crusades, Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), a young blacksmith from Jerusalem, rises to protect his people from foreign invaders. Directed by Ridley Scott, also starring Liam Neeson. -- Not reviewed

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The Longest Yard (PG-13)
Adam Sandler stars as an ex-football star who ends up in prison and is encouraged to start an inmate football team that plays against the prison guards. This re-make also stars Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Nelly and James Cromwell. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Madagascar (PG)
This children's computer-animated comedy is so packed with madcap humor and outlandish acrobatics at breakneck speed that it resembles an episode of the old televised cartoon Animaniacs. The film follows the adventures of four animals that live in New York's Central Park Zoo: Marty, the rambunctious zebra (with the voice of Chris Rock); Alex, the vain lion (Ben Stiller); Gloria, the motherly hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith); and Melman, the hypochondriac giraffe (David Schwimmer). Marty's ultimately bummed out because he's trapped in a pen and wants to experience "the wild." Marty gets his chance through a bizarre series of accidents that lands the quartet in Madagascar. The storyline never quite comes together in a stirring way, and lacks the same satisfying emotional punch that made Finding Nemo a classic. On the positive side, keeping the action and comedy percolating makes up for some of what the film misses. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Monster-in-Law (PG-13)
Charlotte Honeywell (Jennifer Lopez) has a disastrous dating life until she meets "the perfect man," Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). However, his mother, Viola (Jane Fonda), is willing to go to great lengths to destroy their relationship. -- Not reviewed

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (PG-13)
A bored married couple (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) doesn't realize that each of them is an assassin until they have been hired to kill each other. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Pacifier (PG)
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The Perfect Man (PG)
Holly (Hilary Duff) is tired of having to move every time her mother (Heather Locklear) breaks up with a boyfriend. Holly decides to create an imaginary secret admirer and uses her friend's uncle (Chris Noth of Sex in the City) as a stand-in. Holly becomes desperate to keep the ruse alive and almost misses the real "perfect man" when he comes along. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Robots (PG)
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Sahara (PG-13)
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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

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (PG)
Four best girlfriends pass around a pair of "magic" secondhand jeans as a way of keeping in touch as their lives lead them in different directions. Based on the novel by Ann Brashares. Starring America Ferrera (Real Women Have Curves). -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (PG-13)
Despite more of the same lousy acting and poor character ideas that marred I and II (the prequels to the well-loved trilogy), Sith wins in the end due to its unrelenting dark vision. After all, this is what everybody has been waiting for: the story of how Anakin Skywalker -- the boy foretold to unite the galaxy -- becomes a black-clad mass murderer named Darth. While the special effects sometimes are too much to grasp, they are stunning nonetheless. When it comes to commanding believable acting and penning good dramatic transitions, Lucas has a wooden heart. As for the showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan, all there is to say is that it's worth seeing on the big screen. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

xXx: State of the Union (PG-13)
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