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*Amlie (R)
See full review, page 44.

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

*A Beautiful Mind (PG-13)
With this film, director Ron Howard honors the kind of intellect that has long fascinated him. Who else would see the sexiness and intrigue of a Princeton graduate student who scribbles mathematical equations on the leaded glass windows of his dorm room? Russell Crowe seems born to play the part of Nobel Prizewinning mathematician John Nash who is also schizophrenic. And the beautiful Jennifer Connelly gets her breakthrough role here as Alicia, the physics graduate student who will eventually become Nash's wife, more than holding her own against Crowe's formidable presence. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown

*Black Hawk Down (R)
See full review, page 44.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Gosford Park (R)
See full review, page 45.

Tinseltown

*Harry Potter (PG)
Compared to the book, the movie feels pedestrian and literal, too timid to explore the possibilities of a world where, although parallel to ours, nothing is quite the same. The book, in turn, is tarnished by a movie that stuffs all the lovely spaces populated, decorated and embellished by the imagination. All that said, I'm not going to warn you off the movie. After all, you don't want to be the sole American who hasn't seen the darn thing, and your kids will love it. -- Andrea Lucard

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*In the Bedroom (R)
Director Todd Field's debut feature film quietly takes your heart and squeezes it with an iron fist. Based on the late Andre Dubus' chilly short story, "Killings," In the Bedroom portrays parental grief and loss more effectively and more thoroughly, possibly, than in any American film since The Sweet Hereafter. Nick Stahl is just the right mix of hormonal glee and youthful innocence as Frank; Marisa Tomei is tone perfect as Natalie, the working-class young mother trying to put a life together; William Mapother makes your skin crawl as Natalie's husband Richard, especially when he tries to be friendly or conciliatory. And the performances of Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek as Frank's adoring parents, Matt and Ruth Fowler, are triumphs of subtlety and depth. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

*Kate & Leopold (PG-13)
A time-traveling romance tale that hugs the corners of its funky twists and turns as much as its actors hold fast to its punchy and upbeat script. Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan put a warm spin on the opposing attraction between their characters with charisma to spare in this light farce. -- Cole Smithey

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (PG-13)
Director Peter Jackson makes brilliant use of the camera to enhance the action, and the sets, costumes and digital animation speak for themselves magnificently in this triumphant film adaptation of the Tolkien classic. The acting suspends disbelief for all but a few moments. Let the fanatics hash out the discrepancies with the book in their chat rooms. Peter Jackson did it. And this film is cool. Very cool. -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Majestic (PG)
Jim Carrey stars as Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton in this Capra-esque tribute to the golden days of Hollywood with a twist. Carrey's Pete is an Everyman for the books and screen newcomer Laurie Holden smolders as Pete's love interest, Adele. Like all of director Frank Darabont's films (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), The Majestic is too long by about 45 minutes, but altogether it's a compelling, heartwarming piece of true if schmaltzy Americana. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

*Monsters, Inc. (G)
John Goodman is the voice of Sully, the scariest monster of Monstropolis, a parallel world, and Billy Crystal plays his sidekick, Mike Wazowski, a giant neon green eyeball with arms and legs and not much more. There is a ton of tongue-in-cheek humor, and frame after frame is packed with pop cultural references, sight gags and just plain cool action. The writers clearly went to town amusing themselves. -- Andrea Lucard

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Ocean's 11 (R)
Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) goes for all of the sizzling Hollywood gusto he can muster in this snappy Las Vegasset heist movie. Soderbergh's oft-quoted goal for Ocean's 11 was simply to give the viewer "pleasure from beginning to end." He aptly fulfills that modest demand with sprinkles of comedy, irony, suspense, tasteful music and enough eye-candy to stock a worldwide chain of retail stores. -- Cole Smithey

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Orange County (PG-13)
Colin Hanks (yes, Tom's son) plays a high school graduate who longs to study literature at Stanford but his family conspires to ruin his dream. Directed by Jade Kasden (son of Lawrence) and co-starring Lily Tomlin, Catherine O'Hare, John Lithgow, Jack Black and Chevy Chase. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Royal Tenenbaums (R)
The oddball brains behind the head-scratching hit Rushmore and the Sundance breakthrough Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson has a new film under his belt, one that's no less remarkable and perplexing. The Royal Tenenbaums, co-written with long-time friend and actor/collaborator Owen Wilson, tells the story of a dysfunctional New York dynasty a la Woody Allen with a brood of baby geniuses. It showcases Anderson's peculiar talent -- an ability to sneak stealthily back and forth across the Berlin Wall that divides comedy and drama while building plots on characters who just as deftly tread the line between caricature and humanity. -- Noel Black

Tinseltown

*The Shipping News (R)
See full review, page 44.

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

*Vanilla Sky (R)
Director Cameron Crowe delivers a faithful, ambitious remake of Alejandro Amenabar's Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), the story of an emotional drifter whose life begins to unravel when true love comes his way. Tom Cruise's standard, tense performance, though overwrought, works well here, and Penelope Cruz brings just the right amount of humanity to the film. Cameron Diaz simmers as a needy, female stalker. Be prepared for a wild departure from reality about halfway through. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

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