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click to enlarge Uptown Girls with Brittany Murphy (left) and Dakota Fanning (right)
  • Uptown Girls with Brittany Murphy (left) and Dakota Fanning (right)

We did not receive schedules for Carmike 10 and Chapel Hills 15 this week. Please call the theaters for times and film information.

*American Splendor (R)
See full review, page 28.


Bugs (NR) (In IMAX 3-D)
Dame Judi Dench narrates this inside look at the secret world of bugs, presented by Terminix. No joke. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

Cabin Fever (R)
A bunch of college kids, spending the weekend at a cabin deep in the woods, are visited by a creepy hermit and infected with a raging flesh eating virus. A bloody, gory creep show in the tradition of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (PG-13)
David Spade stars as a wise-acre former child star, trying to discover how to make a comeback.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Finding Nemo (G)
Animated Disney flick about cute fishies, featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Geoffrey Rush, and, I kid you not, Willem Dafoe. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Freaky Friday (PG)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star in this Disney remake of the '70s hit that finds a stressed-out mother and an angry daughter switching places for a day. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Ghost of the Abyss (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
Director James Cameron once again exploits, oops that's explores the wreckage of the Titanic -- this time in 3-D. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

*The Magdalene Sisters (R)
See full review, page 27.

Kimball's Twin Peak

click to enlarge Seabiscuit. See Biscuit run. Run, Biscuit, run.
  • Seabiscuit. See Biscuit run. Run, Biscuit, run.

*Matchstick Men (PG-13)
See full review, page 27.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*The Matrix Reloaded (R) (in IMAX format)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) exhibits fresh powers in Matrix Reloaded that promise to play a significant role in part three. Since the first film, he has switched from confused Matrix slave into a messianic protagonist with a heightened love for S&M warrior priestess Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) in her signature patent leather cat suit. What's at stake, essentially, in Matrix Reloaded -- besides the question of whether Neo and Trinity can lead humanity if indeed that is all that exists outside the Matrix -- is a symbolic capacity for original or individual thought. The world of violent, super-action cinema is about to swing in a very aggressive direction. Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be Matrix days at the movies for a very long time to come. -- Cole Smithey

Cinemark IMAX

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (R)
Otherwise known as Desperado II, which should have been called El Mariachi II. Richard Rodriguez rehashes the mysterious guy (Antonio Banderas) with a guitar case full of guns. Selma Hayak is his sexy sidekick and Johnny Depp is a mysterious CIA agent.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Open Range (R)
Director Kevin Costner is trying to recreate the glory films of old through Open Range, but despite all the right elements in place, the film manages to miss that mark.The film generally lacks a sense of humor that might make such lines as "Barkeep, two whiskeys," go down a little smoother. Despite a gorgeous western landscape(filmed in British Columbia); decent acting, by Robert Duvall in particular; and the classic western setup, Open Range too often feels ponderous and silly. The particular exception is the final shootout, which is well written and choreographed and gives a good sense of how a gun battle might take up a whole small town.

-- Andrea Lucard

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
The best amusement park ride-based film ever, Pirates is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) whose Saint-Tropez tan and triptych beard has him looking like the lost lovechild of Marilyn Manson and Osama bin Laden. Depp's combination of bad-boy charm with Keystone Kops physical panache nearly redeems the film. The plot is convoluted, but cannons fly, peasants and redcoats run scattershot through the cobblestone streets and there's plenty of high seas adventure on the Black Pearl, crewed by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
The newest IMAX film explores the use of percussion as a means of expression throughout the world. The tour is hosted by the cast of the crowd-pleasing percussion/dance troupe Stomp. --Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

*Seabiscuit (PG-13)
Triumphant underdog sports dramas speak to our irrepressible need for redemption. If this is your thing, then saddle on up. Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire), our star, is abandoned at a horse farm in his early teens where he learns to race. Seabiscuit has been wounded and thus relegated to life as a pace horse until a skeptical investor purchases the horse and Pollard talks his way into the saddle. Here the film slips into pleasurable clich. The story of Seabiscuit as the embodiment of the New Deal ethos is thumped into our heads as the narrative is contrasted with still photos of the Hoovervilles and bread lines. If you're prone to a good come-from-behind fight, though, you'll forgive the film's flaws. There are simply too many underdogs to root for: horse, man and America. Take your pick. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

S.W.A.T. (PG-13)
The newest summer thrill ride follows a group of excessively attractive and multicultural SWAT team recruits from training to their first major Los Angeles assignment. Featuring Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, big guns, explosions and techno-music. --Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Uptown Girls (PG-13)
Brittany Murphy stars as a newly disinherited rock heiress who is forced to get a job. Desperate, she becomes the nanny to a prematurely mature grade schooler (Dakota Fanning). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

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