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click to enlarge Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth in Girl with a Pearl Earring.
  • Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth in Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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Along Came Polly (PG-13)
The world's most cautious man (Ben Stiller) makes his living analyzing high risks. When he falls in love with a girl (Jennifer Anniston) he takes the risk of cheating on his newlywed wife (Debra Messing). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Big Fish (PG-13)
Tolerable Southern accents and fine performances don't make Big Fish anything more than a pleasantly forgetful two hours. This standard father-son estrangement story uses magical realism to trumpet a pat and quickly redundant message: Stories, whether real or embellished, are the equivalent of chicken soup for our souls. Albert Finney stars as the elder Edward Bloom, and Ewan McGregor is Bloom in his youth, a man whose love for his own narrative borders on the megalomaniacal. A montage of Bloom's tall tales comprises the bulk of the film. Unfortunately, the don't really add up to a plot or anything that lops substance onto the film's facile characters. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Brother Bear (G)
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Butterfly Effect (R)
Ashton Kutcher stars in and executive produced this creepy time travel tale. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Calendar Girls (PG-13)
A group of middle-aged women in North Yorkshire, England, bare it all for a good deed. To raise funds for leukemia research they decide to produce an alternative nude calendar, which eventually becomes a worldwide sensation. After a true story. Featuring Helen Mirren. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Cat in the Hat (PG)
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Cheaper by the Dozen (PG)
Steve Martin coaches a football team and tries to take care of his twelve children while his wife Bonnie Hunt is out of town. Remake of the comedy classic from 1950. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Cold Mountain (R)
Although the parts of this film are greater than the whole, scenes with brilliant staging and cinematography, strong performances and a compelling story line make Cold Mountain a worth-see. The story of would-be lovers Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Inman (Jude Law), separated at first blush by the battle call of the Civil War. Many memorable moments never really congeal into a dramatic whole, but those moments -- including a gut-wrenching enactment of the Battle of the Crater; the arrival of Ruby Thewes (Renee Zellweger) at Ada's decrepit doorstep; and episodes from Inman's Homeric odyssey homeward -- gracefully depict the cultural and physical devastation caused by the war, and the unexpected female empowerment experienced by Ada and Ruby as they learn to get by on their own. Zellweger and Law are Oscar nominees for best supporting actress and best actor. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Duplex (PG-13)
Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore star in this comedy about a couple's relentless pursuit of a Manhattan flat. -- Not reviewed

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*Elf (PG)
Will Farrell's brilliant comic turn as a human raised in the North Pole as one of Santa's elves, returned to New York City to reunite with his birth father (James Caan). -- Kathryn Eastburn

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House of Sand and Fog (R)
Adapted from Andre Dubus III's wrenching novel, House is the tale of a woman's struggle to hold on to her family home, left to her by her deceased father, and an immigrant family's attempt to use it as a tool to reclaim their fortune, lost when they fled Iran during th efall of the Shah. Jennifer Connelly is Kathy, the woman in question, a largely unsympathetic character who looks on with helpless anger and washed-out resign as her life becomes more and more unstable. Ben Kingsley (Oscar nominee for best actor) gives a masterful performance as a former Iranian officer, communicating the conflicting sorrows, rages and ambitions of his character with perfect timbre. But despite some strong moments, House ultimately hinges on Kathy's unreliable character, and the ultra-tragic results are ultimately unacceptable. The feel-bad movie of the year. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

In America (PG-13)
There's a forced feel-good quality to In America, director Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical nod to Irish immigrants in America. Tugging at our heartstrings are the combined forces of the ghost of a dead child, two adorable live ones and the whole overarching (though updated) saga of the immigrant experience. Despite dodging many a clich, Sheridan slips into a patently American one in his noble savage portrait of the family Sullivan's downstairs neighbor Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), an East Indies recluse who reveals little about himself, except that he's prone to intense glaring and apoplexy. Oscar nominations for best supporting actor (Hounsou) and best original screenplay -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

*The Last Samurai (R)
This epic tale of a Westerner (Tom Cruise) who goes to Japan to train imperial soldiers in modern warfare, but ends up fighting with the samurai, combines elements of Dances With Wolves, Braveheart, Seven Samurai and director Edward Zwick's own best work, Glory, in a big Hollywood spectacle that only occasionally loses its way. Stunning fight choreography and graceful cinematography by John Toll, set to music by Hans Zimmer, make for magnificent battle scenes. Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto, the chief samurai, received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PG-13)
The final installment of Peter Jackson's epic to end to end all epics is upon us and the word from the embedded Middle Earth reporter is not good. Tolkienistas will defend this film to their last breath (or until they finally manage to kiss a girl). Jackson will test your devotion to computer graphic beasts, gratuitous battle scenes and dialogue mawkish enough to make daytime television look like some sort of social realist experiment. -- John Dicker

Basically, Return of the King was the bizzity-fo-shizzity-biznomb, and by bizzity-fo-shizzity-biznomb, I mean totally wicked and completely awesome. The fact that Jackson defied everyone but John Dicker by making an impossibly gorgeous, technically improbable film that not only did full justice to Tolkien's final installment of the Rings, but one that also took unthinkable liberties with its plot and still got away with it, is just ... it's just in-friggin'-comprehensibly wonderful. While you may want to bring your hemorrhoid cushion, it's a ride worth the bumps! (Academy Award nominations for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay.) -- Noel Black

Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX (35 mm on the IMAX screen), Tinseltown

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PG)
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Luther (PG-13)
Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) stars as 16th century religious reformer Martin Luther in this 2003 film biography. Also stars Alfred Molina, Peter Ustinov and Bruno Ganz. -- Not reviewed

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (PG-13)
Academy Award nominee for best picture, best director (Peter Weir). Starring Russell Crowe. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Matrix Revolution (R)
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Misadventures in 3-D (in IMAX-3D)
The latest IMAX treat, a 3-D animated feature. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

The Missing (R)
Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones as estranged daughter and father in this Ron Howard western. -- Not reviewed

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*Monster (R)
See full review, page 34.

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Mystic River (R)
Based on a Dennis Lehane novel, Mystic River is a triptych character study and a mournful noir that flirts with being a traditional thriller, but thankfully is not. It's about damaged men and their grief, laced with the haunting questions 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. Oscar nominations for best picture, best director, best actor (Sean Penn), best supporting actor (Tim Robbins) and best adapted screenplay (Brian Helgeland). -- John Dicker

Tinseltown

Ocean Wonderland (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
Swim with the fishies in IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

Paycheck (PG-13)
Action mastermind John Woo sends Ben Affleck on a journey to get back his memories of the last two years. Also stars Uma Thurman. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Radio (PG)
With Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr. Feel-good football flick. -- Not reviewed

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*School of Rock (PG-13)
Jack Black rocks as a washed-up musician who takes a job as a substitute teacher and turns the class into a makeshift rock band. -- John Dicker

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*Something's Gotta Give (PG-13)
Diane Keaton, at 57, gives the best performance of her career as Erica, a successful playwright in her 50s who thinks she's "closed for business" when it come to love and sex, until she meets Harry (Jack Nicholson) a lecherous 63-year-old who happens to be dating her 20-something daughter (Amanda Peet). Keaton has already won Best Actress accolades from the National Board of Review and the Golden Globes, and garnered a best actress Oscar nomination for her depiction of the emotional vulnerability and volatility, the just-below-the-surface sorrow that comes with aging. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Timeline (PG-13)
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Torque (PG-13)
From the makers of Fast and Furious comes Torque, a biker movie about rival gangs and a young man on the run from the most feared leader of a biker gang (Ice Cube). Fast and Furious 3, anyone? -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (PG-13)
A small-town girl (Kate Bosworth) wins a date with Tad Hamilton, the hottest male celebrity on earth. But there's a best friend (Topher Grace) who is the odd man out. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Young Black Stallion (G)

(35mm on the IMAX screen)
Remake of the 1979 movie Black Stallion. Young girl becomes friend with a wild stallion in Arabia, after being separated from her father in WW 2. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

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