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click to enlarge Thomas Guiry as Yurek in Black Hawk Down.
  • Thomas Guiry as Yurek in Black Hawk Down.

40 Days and 40 Nights (R)
See full review, page 32.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Amlie (R)
The love child of French director Jean Pierre Jeunet who, in the past, has frightened and mesmerized with Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. Though his characteristic blackness is still apparent, it seems Jeunet has finally decided to make a sweet film. Screen grabber Audrey Tautou, plays the winsomely beautiful and impish Amlie who has an overwhelming urge to help mankind by bringing lonely people together and healing the wounds of those hurt in love. The film's many subplots are endearing but her cat-and-mouse game with her own love interest -- designed to show us the emotional toll of her damaged heart -- is ultimately annoying and overly diverting. Altogether, Amlie is a pleasant confection, stylishly filmed and nicely acted. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Black Hawk Down (R)
Aside from the fact that this is the most viscerally real war film I've ever seen, what struck me most about Black Hawk Down is its timeless, apolitical look at battle. Unlike so many Vietnam films such as Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Dead Presidents, which all comment heavily upon the absurdity of America's foreign war in a moral vacuum, Black Hawk Down refuses to judge the validity of the 1993 Special Forces operation in Mogadishu, Somalia. Instead, it focuses entirely on the way the soldiers must behave under fire. Please note: If you do not wish to see, or revisit, the realities of war, I highly recommend you skip this film. -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Brotherhood of the Wolf (R)
Clearly fans of all manner of genre films, scriptwriter Stephan Cabel and director Christophe Gans smushed them all together in what might have been a really clever homage. As befits a big-budget film, the cinematography is excellent, especially in the lush outdoor sequences filled with rain and snow and sun. However, the movie makes several fatal missteps: It takes itself too damn seriously and it perpetuates ridiculous and outmoded stereotypes. So, overall, what could have been a truly amusing, bang-up genre-bender ends up falling flat. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Collateral Damage (R)
This film isn't a great action movie, war movie, nor even a passable excuse for social commentary. Formula: Heroic fireman's wife and son killed in a Colombian terrorist's bomb-blast. Ahhnold then seeks vigilante revenge and learns some "deep things" along the way. I'm normally a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a two-dimensional one-liner deliverer, but when he's called upon to act or show anything emotional beyond a grunt, I simply cannot abide. Don't bother. -- Noel Black

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Crossroads (PG-13)
Britney Spears makes her feature film debut in this Tamara Davisdirected teen road-trip movie. Also stars Dan Akroyd and Kim Cattrall. -- not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dragonfly (PG-13)
Dragonfly belongs to the recent genre of films that are part thriller, part psychological exploration and part glorification of the attractive lifestyles of rich, powerful, middle-aged white guys with extraordinarily beautiful wives (see: Mothman Prophecies, What Lies Beneath). Directed by the king of frothy schlock, Tom Shadyac (Patch Adams), it shamefully exploits the notion of deliverance from a life of the mind to a life of the heart -- a serious topic that deserves serious attention and creative treatment, not this knock-'em-over-the-head approach. What's most mystifying and most worthy of reproach is Costner's wooden performance; he comes across as bored -- not exactly what we're looking for in a leading man. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hart's War (R)
Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell star in this WWII drama about POW prisoners who put one of their own on trial. -- not reviewed

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

Tinseltown

John Q (PG-13)
When a hospital won't perform a heart transplant on a young boy, his father, played by Denzel Washington, takes the hospital staff hostage. -- not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Lantana (R)
See full review, page 32.

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

*Lord of the Rings (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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Monster's Ball (R)
Risking every Deep South, Faulknerian stereotype about racism, rednecks, skeletons in the closet and man's inhumanity to man, it's a miracle that Monster's Ball turns out to be such an intriguing film. Chalk it up to two things: 1) a Swedish director (Marc Forster) who is able to explore Southern stereotypes as a cool observer, and 2) the astonishing acting duo of Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. Monster's Ball may fumble in the first half, but overall, it's a raw, emotional triumph. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

Queen of the Damned (R)
Don't kid yourself when you flush seven bucks on Queen of the Damned. You're there for one reason: to see the undead Aaliyah in full diva divinity portraying an unearthly presence who was obviously snatched away by the Gods when they got a load of her looking like Isis in that heavily bedazzled tiara and scanty little sports bra from the Xena set. The movie itself is duly shruggable. -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Return to Neverland (G)
Peter Pan returns to battle Captain Hook after he kidnaps the daughter of Wendy in this Disney sequel. -- not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Super Troopers (R)
Whether or not you'll like Super Troopers will depend upon a number of factors: Are you now, or have you ever been, a stoner? Are you now, or have you ever been, a frat boy? Do you think fat jokes are funny? Are you white? Do you think drunken brawls are funny? Have you ever hazed someone? Are you between the ages of 12 and 25? And most importantly, are you male? If you answered "yes" to two of the above questions, chances are about 50-50 that you'll find this film amusing. If you answered "yes" to all of the above, you are guaranteed to split your sides laughing. If you answered "no" to most of the above, stay far, far away. -- Andrea Lucard

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

We Were Soldiers (R)
The true story of 450 U.S. soldiers, early in the Vietnam War, who became surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese in the Ia Drang Valley, in what became the first major battle of the extended conflict. Starring Mel Gibson Sam Elliott, Clark Gregg, Greg Kinnear. -- not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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