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click to enlarge Louis Garrel, Eva Green and Michael Pitt in The Dreamers opening this week.
  • Louis Garrel, Eva Green and Michael Pitt in The Dreamers opening this week.

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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. Barrymore 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

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (PG)
Covert cover-ups and international intrigue await Secret Agent Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) on his second adventure. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, 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 Polly (Jennifer Anniston), he takes the risk of cheating on his newlywed wife (Debra Messing). -- Not reviewed

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Brother Bear (G)
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Calendar Girls (PG-13)
A group of middle-aged women in North-Yorkshire, England, bare it all for a good deed. Based on a true story and features Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. -- Not reviewed

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

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*Cold Mountain (R)
Would-be lovers Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Inman (Jude Law) are separated at first blush by the battle call of the Civil War. Many memorable moments gracefully depict the cultural and physical devastation caused by the war, and the unexpected female empowerment experienced by Ada and Ruby (Renee Zellweger). Winner of the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Zellweger). -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Dawn of the Dead (R)
The survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing the flesh-hungry undead take refuge in a mega shopping mall. With Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (R)
See full review, page 35.

Tinseltown

Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Grand Canyon (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

Haunted Mansion (PG)
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*Hidalgo (PG-13)
Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is a cowboy who enters "The Ocean of Fire," a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert. Presiding over the race is a sheik played by Omar Sharif and watching from the sidelines is Lady Davenport, who sizes up Hopkins' cute cowboy butt. Hidalgo is an old-fashioned horse tale/ screen romp that falls somewhere between Seabiscuit and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Mortensen and the mustang enjoy an easy rapport, and their journey over mountains of dunes, through sandstorms and across centuries is a pleasure to watch. -- 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 all epics is upon us and the word from the embedded Middle Earth reporter is not good. Jackson will test your devotion enough to make daytime television look like some sort of social realist experiment. -- John Dicker

The fact that Jackson defied everyone but John Dicker by making an impossibly gorgeous, technically improbable film that did full justice to Tolkien's final installment of the Ring ... it's just in-friggin'-comprehensibly wonderful. (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

Tinseltown

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

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*Nascar 3D (PG) (in IMAX 3-D)
See full review, page 36.

Cinemark IMAX

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

Cinemark IMAX

The Passion of the Christ (R)
Hey! Didya hear? Mel Gibson's made some sort of Jesus movie. Who knew? If your spirituality requires a graphic reminder of your messiah's martyrdom, then this is your feel-humbled hit of the spring. If not, well, Jesus Christ Superstar still holds up like a champ. -- John Dicker

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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Secret Window (R)
At a lakeside cabin, Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) suffers writer's block and battles the crazed John Shooter (John Turturro). They broker a deal: if Rainey can prove he wrote the tale Shooter will back off. If he can't, well the murder of Rainey's dog (via screwdriver) offers a good indication of what's to come. The ever-lovable Depp makes this chore of a film bearable at times. Based on a Stephen King novella and directed by David Koepp. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spartan (R)
Val Kilmer stars in this investigation into the kidnapping of a well-known political figure's daughter. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*Starsky & Hutch (PG-13)
After Boogie Nights, The Brady Bunch (I-II) Austin Powers (Vol. I-III), The Virgin Suicides, That '70s Show et al., an unfortunate sub genre has been born. Please let it die an early death. This is NOT to say that Todd Phillips' Starsky and Hutch is anything but the finest sort of silly action spoof. However, the film succeeds on its own merit and not because of its lazy pop-culture nostalgia. Recycled or not, Starsky and Hutch is great screwball comedy. The downside is that its success will likely spawn more of the same, which won't always be funny. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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 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

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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 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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Taking Lives (R)
The French Canadian police call in an FBI profiler to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim. Starring Angelina Jolie and Keifer Sutherland. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Touching the Void (not rated)
The English are renowned for embarking on foolhardy endeavors and coming out the other end with the minor complaint of having had "a bit of a challenging day." Touching the Void, based on the true story recounted in Joe Simpson's book, belies the understatement and celebrates the ability of humans to confront the seemingly impossible. Simpson, when faced with the enormity of descending a previously unclimbed peak alone and with his leg broken in three places, somehow endures the gut-wrenching journey. The climbing scenes are breathtaking, (Winner of the 2004 British Academy Film Award for Best British Film.) -- Wayne Young

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