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*American Splendor (R)
The husband-and-wife directing team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini weaves narrative and documentary filmmaking with comic book art in this surprisingly cohesive film, the story of Harvey Pekar, a confirmed pessimist and famed comic book writer. An engaging portrait of the artist as an old fart, American Splendor serves as sweet vindication for the American crank. -- John Dicker

Tinseltown

Anything Else (R)
Anything Else stars the astonishingly uncharismatic Jason Biggs as a comedy writer struggling with his girlfriend, uber neurotic Christina Ricci. Biggs should be relegated to fornicating with baked goods, ala American Pie, while Ricci should start scarfing them as her emaciated face and those big eyes finds her looking like Gollum on Botox. Allen's characters have become so interchangeable from his previous work that with each year, his films are more like Woody Allen parodies. Those familiar with his work will notice recycled jokes, recycled ideas, recycled neurosis. It's hard to believe this man once made so many wonderful films. Someone, anyone, please! For his sake and ours, put Woody out to pasture. -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Cold Creek Manor (R)
New Yorkers Cooper and Leah Tilson, played by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone, flee the city with their kids and all their belongings, and move into a delapidated upstate mansion, Cold Creek Manor. The renovation is going well until the house's former occupants, long dead, begin to haunt the Tilson's lives. -- Not reviewed

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. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Fighting Temptations (PG-13)
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a bankrupt New York advertising executive, returning to his hometown in Alabama following his aunt's death. The hitch: He can't collect his inheritance until he whips the church choir into shape. Also stars Beyonc Knowles as one of the choir. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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)
Slightly fictionalized account of four of the women held captive in one of Ireland's notorious Magdalene Asylums during the late 1960s. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Magdalene Sisters demonstrates both the public's need for the Catholic Church to own up to some of its excesses and an audience appetite for well-told tales of historic inhumanities carried out in the shadows of powerful institutions. Exceptionally well-acted. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Matchstick Men (PG-13)
There are numerous pleasures from the con of Matchstick Men, the story of an obsessive-compulsive conman and his new acquaintance with his 14-year-old daughter. First is the acting, led in particular by Alison Lohman who does a wonderful job playing a petulant teenager. Second is the pacing. Director Ridley Scott winds the audience in with near-perfect timing, delivering a suspenseful payoff that leaves you shaking your head trying to figure it all out. A caper film that, at its core, is a story of the redemptive power of family relationships. -- Andrea Lucard

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*The Matrix Reloaded (R) (in IMAX format)
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. -- Not reviewed

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

Secondhand Lions (PG)
Young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) becomes acquainted with his two eccentric uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), when his flaky mother (Kyra Sedgwick) leaves him at their Mississippi farm. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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

Thirteen (R)
See full review, page 24.

Kimball's Twin Peak

Underworld (R)
A splashy, Matrix-style action thriller about the urban war between the vampires and the werewolves. Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a beautiful young vampire warrior. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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