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*A Beautiful Mind (PG-13)
Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 74th Annual Academy Awards. Need we say more?

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Blade 2: Bloodhunt (R)
Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson return as Blade and Whistler, vampire hunters who form an unlikely alliance with the bloodsuckers in order to stop a new blood virus from turning them all into mutant vampires. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Clockstoppers (PG)
Unfortunately not the 1997 black comedy about office temps starring Lisa Kudrow, Parker Posey and Toni Collette. This one's a teen adventure romp. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*E.T. (PG)
In many ways, the qualities that endeared this film to a generation are even sweeter and more poignant now. Spielberg has made some good films in the interim, but E.T. remains his best. And here's a recommendation: If you are of the video generation and think you've see E.T. so many times it could not possibly interest you, go and see it on the big screen. Williams' score, the looming redwoods of the forest, the chase scenes and the little flat-headed extraterrestrial are all mesmerizing in the theater in way a television screen simply cannot capture. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Gosford Park (R)
A classic Dorothy Sayerstype murder mystery with a soupon of class and historical consciousness in the mix. Like most of Robert Altman's films, this is a star-studded, extremely effective cast playing well-drawn characters with intersecting agendas. The unfolding plot can be confusing, even toward the end, but no matter; you're in the hands of a master so just sit back and be entertained. It's a glorious, pitch-perfect British romp. -- Andrea Lucard

Tinseltown

*Ice Age (PG)
Ice Age triumphs by eschewing the inside adult humor that infiltrates so many other animated children's movies. Where movies like Shrek attempt to cater to adult audiences with not-so-subtle sexual innuendo and overloaded pop-culture cross-referencing, Ice Age stays the course of its genre's Bugs Bunny slapstick humor. Although the actors recorded their parts separately, there's chemistry between the cartoon characters that plays like a symphony of toy instruments playing a well-rehearsed Duke Ellington tune. -- Cole Smithey

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Iris (R)
Iris is a moving film about the destruction wrought by Alzheimer's disease. It is a portrait of a man who watches the woman he has loved for her feistiness and vitality lose all grounding in her former self. It is a partial lens into old age and old marriage, of illness and loss of dignity, of fear and of surrender. It is less a film about Iris Murdoch, so don't go expecting to learn much about her life and writing. Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville turn out fine performances as the young couple, but the acting honors go to Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent, who both do an excellent job of showing life in its declining years. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Lantana (R)
This Australian film directed by Ray Lawrence is not a thriller, in spite of its central mystery -- the discovery of the dead body of an unidentified woman. It's a psychological drama about adult relationships, loyalty, grief, infidelity, disillusionment, existential crisis and, of course, love. Lantana shows us people as they really live -- on the surface, going through the motions, their sorrow deeply buried. Lantana is an accomplished adult film with people of substance at its core -- a rarity in current cinema. Highly recommended. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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

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, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for this role. Monster's Ball may fumble in the first half, but overall, it's a raw, emotional triumph. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

Resident Evil (R)
A mansion is infested with zombies and monsters and a special military unit is dispatched to stop the evil from spreading. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rookie (G)
Based on the true story of high-school science teacher and baseball

coach Jim Morris, who joins the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at the age of 35 after making a deal with his high school team: If they make the playoffs, he'll try out for the major league. Starring Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Showtime (PG-13)
This spoof of buddy cop movies stars Robert De Niro as Mitch and Eddie Murphy as Trey, two very different police officers who are forced to work together, as stars of a new reality-based TV show.

Also starring Rene Russo. -- not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sorority Boys (R)
When three rowdy college seniors get kicked out of their frat house, they decide to dress in drag and join the Delta Omicron Gamma (DOG) sorority house, the refuge of girls deemed unattractive by other sororities. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Time Machine (PG-13)
Though the special effects were a tad annoying, The Time Machine still offers some perfectly fine entertainment value: The acting is solid, the story is good, the inventions of the future are interesting. There's enough in this film to keep you well occupied for a dense 90 minutes. And most days, that's good enough. -- Andrea Lucard

Chapel Hills, 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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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