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click to enlarge Shes come a long way since As the World Turns  Julianne Moore whiles away the hours in Far from Heaven, opening this week
  • Shes come a long way since As the World Turns Julianne Moore whiles away the hours in Far from Heaven, opening this week

*8 Mile (R)
The fact is Eminem's as talented and charismatic on screen as he is on his records and in concert. That's what got him where he is -- and that alone is enough to keep you in your seat for Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile. As I'm sure you've heard, the plot follows the same underdog-done-good formula as Rocky. Instead of a beef-pummeling Italian meatball coming up from the ghetto in Philadelphia, we have a bumper-pressing white-trash rapper coming up from the ghetto in Detroit. Instead of fists, we've got lips. Instead of a boxing match, we've got an MC Battle. Etc., etc. ... As far as the acting goes, Eminem is able to stay just far enough outside his various personas to seem almost like the person I would imagine "the real Marshall Mathers" might be. Brittany Murphy plays a perfect hot-'n'-slutty-feminist-out-for-herself type and Mekhi Pfifer, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller and D'Angelo Wilson form a believable coterie. Kim Basinger (as Stephanie, the mom) is adequate. But what ultimately makes 8 Mile most interesting and entirely likable is that it makes a valiant and competent attempt to dramatize and put a face on a new generation of class struggle. White "middle class" is now waking up to find itself where most American minorities have been all along -- in poverty -- and Eminem's giving a voice to those issues. -- Noel Black

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Comedian (R)
See full review, page 28.

Chapel Hills through Thursday, Nov. 21 only

Femme Fatale (R)
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos plays a con artist who's hired to rob $10 million in diamonds at a fashion show. She pulls off the heist and even makes off with the loot herself, but when a photographer (played by Antonio Banderas) takes a snapshot, her cover is blown. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

*Frida (R)
See full review, page 29.

Chapel Hills, Kimball's Twin Peak

Half Past Dead (PG-13)
A criminal genius tries to sneak his way into a high-tech prison to get an inmate on death row to tell him the location of $200 million in gold from an unsolved heist. Starring Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal and Ja Rule. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
See full review, page 30.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

click to enlarge Eminem is the underdog rapper in 8 Mile
  • Eminem is the underdog rapper in 8 Mile

I Spy (PG-13)
Loosely based on the late-'60s TV show, this comedy stars Owen Wilson as a CIA agent whose assignment is to recover the Air Force's newest weapon: a stealth bomber. Eddie Murphy plays his reluctant partner. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Jackass: The Movie (R)
The big-screen version of the MTV series featuring Johnny Knoxville and his pals performing a series of questionable stunts. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
A delightful confection of a 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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Punch-Drunk Love (R)
A terrific love story -- though not the type of movie to go to on a first date. It's a movie you'll want to recommend over and over -- although not the type of movie to recommend to a casual friend or elderly relatives, or those you know who demand either straightforward narrative or outr experimentation. This newest film by P.T. Anderson, the writer/director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, defies categorization. Part of that defiance lies within the slightly strange plot, which, in conventional terms, is ridiculously thin. That matters, however, not at all -- it is just enough to carry the considerable emotional weight of the film. The rest of the lifting is done through an amazing job by Adam Sandler, who has a role that demands a kind of silent gravity, punctuated by violence, that I believe few contemporary male leads could pull off. Opposite him, the slightly off-balance Emily Watson is positively luminous. And that's just the screenplay and acting. The lighting, camerawork and soundtrack are also extraordinary; the film pushes and pulls you all over its strange and moving universe. -- Andrea Lucard


The Ring (PG-13)
A remake of a 1998 Japanese thriller about a journalist (Naomi Watts) who finds and watches a videotape with a disturbing history -- everyone who has watched it has died within seven days. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Santa Clause 2 (G)
Eight years after the original, Tim Allen returns as Santa. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (PG)
Only five theaters in the country will be showing Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones on the IMAX screen and Colorado Springs is one of them.

Cinemark IMAX

Sweet Home Alabama (PG-13)
After watching Sweet Home Alabama, I couldn't remember a thing I had seen in the last two hours and couldn't stop singing that obnoxious song for two days. Reese Witherspoon is so chipper and attractive that she almost carries Sweet Home Alabama off, but the actress who swept us away with her brilliant performance as the bratty good girl in Election is nowhere apparent here. That script demanded smart acting and a keen understanding of character. This script relies on pretty faces, cliches and soggy stereotypes. In the end, you don't care if her character comes home or not. You just want to get out of the theater before that blasted song starts again. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

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