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click to enlarge In Hidalgo, American distance rider Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen, pictured) and his horse, Hidalgo compete in the Ocean of Fire, a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian desert.
  • In Hidalgo, American distance rider Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen, pictured) and his horse, Hidalgo compete in the Ocean of Fire, a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian desert.

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50 First Dates (PG-13)
As much as I enjoyed this romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, I want to scold the director for succumbing to gross-out jokes to attract Sandler's core audience. Henry (Sandler), a veterinarian at Sea Life Park, Hawaii, meets Lucy (Barrymore) unaware that she suffers from a brain trauma that causes her short-term memory to erase each night. Henry falls for her and decides that the best thing for Lucy is to face her memory problem. Sandler is to be congratulated for his best role since Punch Drunk Love. But it is Barrymore who holds the film together and has rarely been so captivating. Minus the crudity, 50 First Dates would have been an even better romantic comedy. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Against the Ropes (PG-13)
Female boxing manager Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) struggles to make her way in a male dominated sport. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

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

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Barbershop 2 (PG-13)
Another installment of the comedic tale about a barbershop on Chicago's South Side owned by Earnest Calvin (Ice Cube), who is carrying on the family business. Not reviewed.

Tinseltown

Broken Lizard's Club Dread (R)
A machete-wielding killer starts checking-out the tourists at a partying resort island run by Bill Paxton, a has-been rock star.

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

Cheaper by the Dozen (PG)
Steve Martin coaches a football team and tries to take care of his 12 children while his wife, played by Bonnie Hunt, is out of town. A remake of the comedy classic from 1950. -- Not reviewed

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*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. It tells 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. Winner of the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Zellweger). -- Kathryn Eastburn

Tinseltown

Confessions of a Teen Age

Drama Queen (PG)
Hip New Yorker Lola, freshly relocated to the Jersey suburbs, can't quite fit in at her new school. As Lola guns for the lead role in the school play, she's pitted against the reigning teenage queen, who has a few aces up her sleeve. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (PG-13)
In Dirty Dancing 2, Katey (Romola Garai) new to Cuba from the USA discovers love and sensuality with Javier (Diego Luna), a local waiter. In secret, Javier teaches Katey the dance moves of Havana as the country descends into revolutionary chaos.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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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Eurotrip (R)
When Scotty discovers that his online German pen pal is gorgeous, he and three friends travel overseas to meet her. As they travel across Europe, the four friends have comical misadventures. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Fog of War (PG-13)
See full review, page 33.

Kimball's Twin Peak

click to enlarge Owen Wilson as Hutch and Ben Stiller as Starsky, riding in the coolest muscle car ever.
  • Owen Wilson as Hutch and Ben Stiller as Starsky, riding in the coolest muscle car ever.

Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Haunted Mansion (PG)
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*Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PG-13)
The final installment of Peter Jackson's epic 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! (Winner of 11 Academy Awards for best picture, director, adapted screenplay, original song, film editing, original score, sound, makeup, visual effects, costume design and art direction.) -- Noel Black

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (PG)
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Miracle (PG)
Kurt Russell stars as the coach of the U.S. National Hockey team, led to Olympic victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team. Based on a true story. Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Mona Lisa Smile (PG-13)
1950s, Wellesley College, Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst. Need we say more? -- Not reviewed

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*Monster (R)
The monster in the title of this shudder-inducing film is not Aileen Wuornos, highway prostitute and serial killer, played by Charlize Theron. "The Monster" was a big Ferris wheel with red and yellow lights that Wuornos, as a teen-ager, was too terrified to ride, a symbol of her adolescent vulnerability and the childhood she never had. Wuornos, as portrayed in Monster, was a woman with a history of poverty and dreadful abuse who made a long string of bad choices, culminating in her first murder, and then escalating into a prolonged madness. She was not a monster, but a profoundly damaged human. Theron plays Wuornos' decline into blind rage and murderous despair with a world-worn ache rarely seen onscreen. This is simply one of the purest, deepest, emotional immersions into a character in movie history. It is a rare occasion in the movies when an actor becomes a character, and this Academy Award winning performance by Charlize Theron is one of those extraordinary occasions. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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 winning performances for best actor (Sean Penn) and best supporting actor (Tim Robbins).

-- 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)
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The Passion of the Christ (R)
The Passion of The Christ is the story of the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after sitting the Last Supper. Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Peter Pan (PG)
Take a trip back to Never Never Land with real actors and every favorite character from the all-time classic: Tinkerbell, Peter and your favorite evil pirate: Captain Hook. -- Not reviewed

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Stuck on You (PG-13)
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*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. Tom Cruise pulls off the role with stock moves -- clenched jaw, reluctant tears, boyish grin and quick physicality -- but the masterful presence of Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto, the chief samurai warrior, almost steals the show. Stunning fight choreography and graceful cinematography by John Toll, set to music by Hans Zimmer, make for magnificent battle scenes.

-- Kathryn Eastburn

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Twisted (R)
Detective Ashley Judd becomes the center of her own murder investigation when her past lovers start dying. Samuel L. Jackson costars as a cop and mentor, Andy Garcia a coworker and love interest.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Welcome to Mooseport (PG-13)
Gene Hackman, a former President of the United States, retires to Mooseport, Maine to write his memoirs. Local townspeople convince him to run for mayor and he goes up against a popular hardware store owner, Ray Romano. The competition becomes intense as Hackman develops an interest in Romano's girlfriend (Maura Tierney). -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Young Black Stallion (G)
Remake of the 1979 movie Black Stallion. A young girl becomes friends with a wild stallion in Arabia, after being separated from her father in World War II. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

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