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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

Big Trouble (PG-13)
Film based on the novel by humorist Dave Barry about "how a bomb in a suitcase changes the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two teenagers, two hit men, two street thugs, two FBI men, and a toad." Starring Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Zooey Deschanel, Omar Epps and many more. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, 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)
Special effects laden teenage adventure romp where time stands still. -- 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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, 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

National Lampoon's Van Wilder (R)
Ryan Reynolds (of ABC's Two Guys and a Girl) stars as Van Wilder, a college senior who's been milking the cush college life for seven years. When he learns that his father will not pay for another semester, he's got to figure out how to pay for it all now. Also starring Tara Reid and Tim Matheson. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, 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, 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

Panic Room (R)
Here are the elements for all the plot twists in Panic Room: a gun (surprise!), a good man gone bad in desperate circumstances (Forrest Whitaker), a bumbling schemer (Jared Leto), the guy with the gun (Dwight Yoakham), diabetes, a whole lotta money, a phone line, a cell phone, a propane tank, a garden hose, a lot of surveillance equipment, and the panic room. If it seems like I'm just rattling off a bunch of devices, it's because I am, and that's how the film comes off. (Can't you just hear the original pitch?) Panic Room, in the end, seems to be more of a failed film-school exercise in pure plot than a look at fear, our need for security, our national obsession with surveillance, class differences, and a host of other things it could've been. -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, 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

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

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

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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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