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click to enlarge Tim Allen (L) and Erick Per Sullivan in Christmas with - the Kranks (PG).
  • Tim Allen (L) and Erick Per Sullivan in Christmas with the Kranks (PG).

After the Sunset (PG-13)
After a successful last score, a master thief (Pierce Brosnan) retires to an island paradise. His lifelong nemesis, a crafty FBI agent, washes ashore to ensure he's making good on his promise. The pair soon enters into a new game of cat-and-mouse. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Alexander (R)
See full review, page 31.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Alexander (R)
See full review, page 31.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Being Julia (R)
Annette Bening gives a sparkling performance as Julia, a stage actress with a mid-life crisis in this pleasant adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novel, set in a fashionable London theater district. Bored with her career and her sexless marriage to her director Michael (Jeremy Irons), Julia takes a young lover who thoughtlessly tosses her over for a young tart. Julia takes revenge via a stage improvisation, running the poor girl, also an actress, into the ground. Wonderful costumes brighten the film and Bening shines in every scene. Being Julia is not a feast; its a plate of chilled oysters with a champagne chaser light, bubbly and easy to digest. Kathryn Eastburn.

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*The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13)
The true star of The Bourne Supremacy is director Paul Greengrass, whose fight-scene cinematography is riveting. This sequel is not quite as personally involving as its predecessor, but equally as thrilling. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (R)
The story picks up four weeks after the first film, 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary. Apart from discovering that her boyfriend is a conservative voter, Bridget has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life. Starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Casablanca (PG)
Kicking off "Movie and a Martini," a new event at the City Aud. is the immortal war-time love story starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart as star-crossed lovers at the mercy of history and their senses of duty. Here's lookin' at you, kid ...

Lon Chaney Theater at City Auditorium, Friday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 7 p.m.

Christmas with the Kranks (PG)
Tim Allen portrays Luther Krank who, fed up with the commerciality of Christmas, opts for a vacation instead. However, at the last minute he has to scrap his plans and make something of the holiday as it was meant to be celebrated. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Finding Neverland (PG)
Finding Neverland, a whimsical, warmhearted and heart-wrenching film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, builds to a moving climax like a teakettle over a flame. While it often takes the form of a serious drama, an overriding playfulness makes the movie appropriate for children and children-at-heart alike, a film completely set apart from Hollywood's standard sex-and-violence fare for adults. Just like Peter Pan, it's a story about never growing up, never surrendering to the cynical world of adults, and never giving up on a place called Neverland. A quirky and rare film, Finding Neverland revels in its childish ways. Starring Johnny Depp as Barrie; co-starring Kate Winslet. -- Dan Wilcock

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Friday Night Lights (PG-13)
Director Peter Berg's scrappy adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's 1990 book about the cult of high school football in a dying West Texas town. Billy Bob Thornton's acting range is remarkable, and in Friday Night Lights he has reached for a piece of humanity he hasn't yet depicted on film. Carrying the film alongside Thornton is the fine young actor Lucas Black as the Odessa Permian High School Panthers' worried quarterback; Derek Luke as brash, cocksure Boobie Miles, the team's star running back until he blows out his knee; and country music singer Tim McGraw as an abusive, alcoholic father in a screen debut that's surprising in its intensity and authenticity. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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The Grudge (PG-13)
For moviegoers looking for some edge-of-the-seat, popcorn-flying-off-the-lap thrills, The Grudge won't disappoint -- at least for the first half of the film. A remake of a popular Japanese haunted-house thriller, The Grudge retains its original writer/director Takashi Shimizu as well as its grainy, subtly photographed and disorienting Japanese sets. But it falls apart under the weight of long clunky flashbacks and uninspired acting. Worse, jumpy cuts create confusion and break the tension necessary for keeping a horror movie scary into its final scenes. When the nature of the curse is finally revealed, the effect is neither shocking nor frightening -- just strange. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Incredibles (PG)
A family of superheroes in hiding is forced to reveal themselves to save the world, again. A Pixar Animation Studio's 6th digitally animated feature. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Iron Giant (PG)
The first film by Incredibles director Brad Bird, it's the story of a young boy who befriends a giant robot in 1950s Maine. Based on the story by English poet Ted Hughes. Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr. provide voice work. -- Not reviewed

Friday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd.

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
Napoleon Dynamite's protagonist is Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a teenager whose mouth is forever agape and whose disposition hops between extreme dopiness and standard-issue adolescent indignation. While Napoleon Dynamite is littered with hilarious bits and pieces, they add up to only a few hard laughs and not much else. -- John Dicker

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National Treasure (PG)
Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) descends from a family of treasure hunters who have long looked for a chest hidden by the founding fathers of the United States. When he learns of a plot to steal the treasure his only option is to find it and steal it first. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Passion of the Christ (R)
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click to enlarge Neptune and SpongeBob in The SpongeBob - Squarepants Movie.
  • Neptune and SpongeBob in The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.

Pianese Nunzio,

Fourteen in May (1996) (NR)
A young priest's crusades against organized crime in his Naples neighborhood are put in jeopardy when he falls in love with a 13-year old boy. Not reviewed

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Colorado College's Max Kade Theater (Third floor of Armstrong Hall on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre). Free.

*The Polar Express (G)
The Polar Express, a Christmas classic for the wired generation, packs a lot of bang for the holiday movie-going buck. Breathtaking state-of-the-art computer animation combined with a fast-paced storyline make for dazzling eye candy, and Tom Hanks (who plays most of the characters) and director Robert Zemeckis craft a worthy homage to the Christmas movie genre that people of all ages really can appreciate. The Polar Express includes standard Christmas special themes -- who's been naughty and nice, what's really up there at the North Pole and the big question: does Santa Claus really exist? It's the latest and most technologically breathtaking film in a long tradition of animated Christmas movies. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX Tinseltown

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (G)
When Mia (Anne Hathaway) assumes the role as princess of Genovia with her grandmother Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews), Mia learns that she will be inheriting the crown and that she must be married before doing so. -- Not reviewed

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Raise Your Voice (PG)
Terri Fletcher (Hilary Duff) is a small-town girl who gets accepted to a music school and sneaks off to LA. -- Not reviewed

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*Ray (R)
See full review, page 31, re-run this week due to a printing error last week.

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R)
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
The cult classic, audience participation flick where audience members are encouraged to dress in character and bring props. No open flames allowed, but flashlights are OK. -- Not reviewed

Saturdays at midnight, Lon Chaney Theater, City Auditorium

Saw (R)
With a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the lair of a serial killer. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Seed of Chucky (R)
In this fifth installment in the comedy-horror Child's Play series, evil puppet-come-to-life Chucky and his bride Tiffany hit up Hollywood. Not reviewed

Carmike 10

Shall We Dance? (PG-13)
A romantic comedy in which a bored, overworked accountant, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. Starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Sideways (R)
Miles Faymond (Paul Giamatti), a failed writer who teaches junior high English, takes his best friend, former actor Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a weeklong drive into California's wine country. There they question their various relationships and explore the nature of their failures. Directed by Alexander Payne (Election). Not reviewed

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*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
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Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
As the film opens, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble keeping up at school despite being a bona fide scientific genius and is growing more alienated from love interest Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and good friend Harry Osborn (James Franco). The film's computer-generated special effects are lovely, and it's fun to watch Spidey glide through the sky. But overall, it lacks the overblown emotionality and theatricality that drive its peers, more affecting films like X-Men and Hellboy. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (PG)
SpongeBob Squarepants (from Nickelodeon's animated show) takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Taxi (PG-13)
A mouthy cab driver (Queen Latifah) has hot tips for a green cop (Jimmy Fallon) set on solving a string of bank robberies. -- Not reviewed

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Without a Paddle (PG-13)
Three guys take a canoe upriver into Oregon's wilderness, where everything that can go wrong does. -- Not reviewed

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