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click to enlarge Mike Myers is the Cat in Dr. Seuss's the Cat in the Hat.
  • Mike Myers is the Cat in Dr. Seuss's the Cat in the Hat.

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

Brother Bear (G)
From the same animation studio as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch comes a New Age tale of three Native American brothers in the Pacific Northwest who take on animal spirits. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Elf (PG)
In spite of its pre-Thanksgiving release and some blatant product placement, Elf shouldn't be dismissed as simply another cog in the holiday conglomerate marketing conspiracy. It's a movie to get you in the mood, to lighten the burden of pressure that has become the long, extended Christmas shopping holiday. Will Ferrell is perfection as Buddy, a 6-foot-3-inch human raised by Santa's elves in the North Pole. Buddy's a total innocent, unlike his adoptive father Papa Elf, played with trademark furrowed brow by Bob Newhart. Even Santa, played with a hint of world-weariness by Ed Asner, is more of a realist than Buddy, who, when he learns his true identity, sets off for New York City to find his real dad (James Caan). Elf succeeds with unyielding good cheer, a complete absence of canned irony, some nifty visual tricks, surprising characters, quick pacing, snappy dialogue, and an ingenious slapstick performance by Ferrell. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PG)
Real, well sort of real, actors mingle with cartoon characters in this romp starring Steve Martin, Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Heather Locklear, Daffy Duck and the inimitable Buuuuuuuugs Bunny! Th-th-th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Lost in Translation (R)
Films like this deserve a special MPAA rating of BP: Be Patient. Bill Murray starts as Bob, a whiskey company spokesmodel on assignment in Tokyo. There he hooks up with lonely young newlywed Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) who refreshingly avoids what could easily descend into a staid midlife crisis film about yet another older-man-younger-woman tryst. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak (through Tuesday, Nov. 25)

Love Actually (R)
Richard Curtis's directorial debut sloshes through 692 vaguely related subplots (maybe just nine) while pretending that his cardboard people and their cardboard relationships have something new to tell us about love and romance. The film's tagline is "Forget what you know about love." Please. Remember everything: You'll need it. The plethora of subplots could be forgiven if the laughs in this romantic comedy compensated for a paucity of substance. But they don't. However, in the spirit of the holiday season let's count our blessings because Love Actually could have been worse. It could have starred Meg Ryan. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (PG-13)
Based on Patrick O'Brien's historic novels, this high seas adventure stars Russell Crowe as the captain of a British gunship in pursuit of a French warship during the Napoleonic wars. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Matrix Revolutions (R)
You must give this to the Wachowski brothers, if nothing else: They managed to turn existential philosophy and religious mysticism into a multimillion-dollar blockbuster movie franchise. At its core, the Matrix trilogy becomes nothing less than a monumental exploration of the nature of free will vs. determinism. In Revolutions, the evolution of Neo (Keanu Reeves) from human to god to self-doubting messiah begins to register in a way it couldn't quite accomplish in its ponderous predecessor, Matrix Reloaded. Not that there are many moments to think about it. Where Reloaded spent a lot of time simply coming up with more elaborate variations on "bullet time" fight sequences, Revolutions makes its centerpiece the epic assault on Zion, an awesome piece of screen warfare. -- Scott Renshaw

Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX, Tinseltown

Misadventures in 3D (in IMAX 3D)
The latest IMAX treat, a 3D animated feature.

Cinemark IMAX

*Mystic River (R)
Based on a Dennis Lahane novel, Mystic River is a triptych character study and a mournful noir that flirts with being a traditional thriller, but thankfully isn't. It's about damaged men and their grief, laced with the haunting question of "what if?" Director Clint Eastwood does a remarkable job of balancing his characters' salt-of-the-earth machismo with equal amounts of recrimination and regret. Sean Penn is Jimmy Markum, a guy trying to make good after a prison bid, who's thrown into a frenzy of grief, rage and unearthed secrets when his 19-year-old daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. Tim Robbins is Jimmy's abused boyhood friend, now married to Jimmy's wife's (Laura Linney) cousin (Marcia Gay Harden). Back in the neighborhood to investigate the murder is Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon), also a childhood friend of Jimmy and Dave. Eastwood's sad streets of urban New England match the haggard faces of its inhabitants to a T. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Ocean Wonderland (NR) (in IMAX 3D)
Swim with the fishies in IMAX 3D.

Cinemark IMAX

Our Country (NR) (IMAX)
Wide angle view of sweeping American landscapes (canyonlands of Utah, Appalachian mountains, etc.) set to the tunes of America's music -- country music.

Cinemark IMAX

Radio (PG-13)
If you haven't seen the trailer for this inspirational take on a true story, you must have been in a coma. Ed Harris stars as a football coach who takes an interest in a mentally challenged young man (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and makes him a part of the team. Also features Debra Winger as Harris' wife. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Runaway Jury (PG-13)
Another screen adaptation of a John Grisham legal thriller -- hot, gooey and sticky, set in a steamy Southern city with powerful men doing despicable things behind a cloak of respectability, Runaway Jury fits somewhere in the middle between the best (The Client) and the worst (Pelican Brief) of the subgenre. A terrific cast (Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Rachel Weisz) populates this tale of jury tampering, set in a case against a gun dealer. Runaway Jury stoops to preach and shamelessly manipulate, using punched-up legal dialogue, a bunch of terrific actors, a sexy location, a hot-button issue and an intriguingly ambivalent take on the legal system. That's what these movies do, and this one does it adequately. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

Scary Movie 3 (PG-13)
Just in time for Halloween, more boodie jokes and cleavage in the context of a comic "scary" movie. Maybe the third time's the charm. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*School of Rock (PG-13)
Little more than a Jack Black vanity vehicle with a plot so transparent you can practically see the screenwriter's tab indents. But you know what? It still rocks. Directed by Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life), it follows a predictable course: Voted out of his glam rock band, Dewey Finn (Black) is also behind on the rent and must find a job. When he takes a job as a substitute teacher, borrowing his friend Ned's identity, he discovers that some of his kids have musical talent. Thus, the bell rings on the school of rock, a "class project" that will eventually hustle his underage troops into the Battle of the Bands. School of Rock is the Jack Black show and he more than fills the part. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16

Tupac: Resurrection (R)
Rapper Tupac Shakur, though shot dead at age 25 in Las Vegas, 1996, has released six posthumous albums and now, hundreds of hours of taped interviews are condensed into this documentary of his life. -- Not reviewed


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