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click to enlarge Matt Damon kicks butt in The Bourne Identity
  • Matt Damon kicks butt in The Bourne Identity

Bad Company (PG-13)
Anthony Hopkins is a CIA agent who must train Chris Rock to be just like his slain agent twin brother in just one week. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer to the tune of $100 million, so expect some major pyrotechnics. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

*The Bourne Identity (PG-13)
Loosely adapted for the screen from the Robert Ludlum thriller, The Bourne Identity is Matt Damon's first attempt at a pure action role and, as usual, he more than compensates. (In fact, he kicks his good buddy Ben Affleck's butt as action heroes go.) The tension builds slowly, and when bullets begin to fly and car chases ensue, it's all nicely choreographed and not overblown. We are drawn into the human drama of the chase by the finely drawn characters, the intriguing location shots in the streets of Paris and a script as precisely drawn as a good mystery novel. The plot is somewhat thin but the ride is still rich with plenty of well-timed twists and turns. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (PG-13)
Despite its stellar cast -- Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, Fionnula Flanagan, Ashley Judd and James Garner -- the film is crippled by its script and polluted by its blatant commercial leanings. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

Hey Arnold! The Movie (PG)
The feature version of the popular animated TV show on Nickelodeon. -- not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

*Importance of Being Earnest (PG)
This film comes as close as any recent movie adaptation of striking a perfect balance between the demands of the original form and those of the adaptation. Among other things, writer/director Oliver Parker (An Ideal Husband) retained Oscar Wilde's deeply silly plot (there's lots of silliness about mistaken identities, babies left in handbags on the train, long lost relatives, etc.) But more than that, Parker cast the movie with impeccable actors such as Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Frances O'Connor and Reese Witherspoon. He fluffed up the verbal with the visual, including exquisite and overwrought Victorian costumes and interesting locations and beefed up the characters slightly by means of a few back-story scenes never imagined by Wilde. Put these elements together and -- voil -- alchemy, a decent movie from a classic play. If you're a theater purist, you may want to avoid the film, but if you're not, go. A delightful summer romp awaits. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Jawanna Mann (PG-13)
When a basketball star is banned from the NBA for behavior on the court, he turns to the WNBA. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Lilo and Stitch (PG)
Disney film about Lilo, a little girl in Hawaii who adopts a dog that, it turns out, is actually an alien. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

*Minority Report (PG-13)
Much of the thrill of Minority Report is in the art direction and special effects. They bring us every detail of a future-noir world where surveillance has become as much a marketing tool as it is a form of policing. Hats off to Steven Spielberg doing full cinematic justice to a Phillip K. Dick story and managing the ambiguities with an uncanny dexterity -- and to Tom Cruise, by gum, for playing it straight! -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

Mr. Deeds (PG-13)
Adam Sandler is a small-town guy who inherits controlling interest in a massive media corporation. Winona Ryder is a tabloid TV reporter who's sent to do an expos on him ... but they wind up falling in love. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
A delightful confection of a summer film. The pacing of the first half of the film is a little slow, but it picks up nicely when the whole crazy extended family gets into the act. Romantic comedies require a deft touch, and the writing of Nia Vardalos (who also plays the lead) provides it. -- Andrea Lucard

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Scooby Doo (PG)
A live-action remake of the inexplicably popular '80s cartoon. Don't ask why; just know that it was bound to happen. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

Spider-Man (PG-13)
From the script to the editing and acting, Spider-Man is just ... just so enh. Computer effects have rendered the charming reality of human error obsolete, making the film feel just too sterile. There are some clever cameos and campy nods to film history, but unfortunately, overall Spider-Man just doesn't pack a punch. Pow. Bam. -- Noel Black

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

*Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (PG)
Believe it or not, there are enough brilliant plot twists and "historical" explanations of characters and plot points in the later (previous?) episodes to keep your head spinning. The acting's perfectly two-dimensional for a fantasy adventure. The architectural artwork on the hyper-urban galaxy capital Coruscant is ga-ga, gray and brooding. Plus there's plenty of unbelievably nondigital-looking digital action that strips away the schlocky look that plagued The Phantom Menace. Simply put: smarts and imagination at their best. -- Noel Black

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

The Sum of All Fears (PG-13)
Another film adaptation of one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels (Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger). Terrorists threaten to bomb the Superbowl, and Ryan (Ben Affleck) and the CIA director (Morgan Freeman) must act fast to stop what could possibly turn into nuclear holocaust. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

Windtalkers (R)
Hong Kong director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission Impossible 2) explores the 1944 Allied invasion of Saipan when American soldiers used the "Navajo Code" -- a code developed from the Navajo language with Navajo translators. Nicolas Cage plays a Marine sergeant who is partnered with one of the Navajo "codebusters," played by Adam Beach. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16

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