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click to enlarge Julia Roberts and Jude Law in Closer, opening this week.
  • Julia Roberts and Jude Law in Closer, opening this week.

After the Sunset (PG-13)
Following 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

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Alexander (R)
You know from an early scene of tiresome exposition by Anthony Hopkins that Oliver Stone's three-hour sword-and-sandal epic is doomed when a giant scar across the right side of Hopkins' forehead mysteriously moves to the left side of his head between shots. Then comes Colin Farrell's Irish accent that wrestles against Angelina Jolie's faux Russian intonation like a cat and a monkey fighting in a burlap bag. For all of its attention to detail in two reasonably good battle scenes, Stone's movie fails to tell the complex story of one of the most enigmatic conquerors in history. Moreover, Stone doesn't present characters that the audience can believe in, even for one moment, as representative of their historic roles. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Being Julia (R)
Annette Bening gives a sparkling performance as Julia Lambert, a 1930s stage actress with a mid-life crisis in this pleasant adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novella, set in a fashionable London theater district. Bored with her career and her sexless marriage to theater director Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons), Julia takes a young lover, a starry-eyed American (Shaun Evans) who eventually tosses her over for a young tart. Julia takes revenge via a stage improvisation, running the poor girl, also an actress, into the ground. Bening perfectly captures the weariness of a woman in her prime, looking past it to the unknown. Wonderful costumes brighten the film and Bening glows in every scene. Being Julia is not a feast; it's 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 cinametography 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' 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, Dec. 3 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

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. Remarkable acting by Billy Bob Thorton, Lucas Black, Derek Luke and Tim Mc Graw. -- 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. Pixar Animation Studio's 6th digitally animated feature. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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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*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 spectacular 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)
Ray is the much awaited film biography of America's beloved soul man, Ray Charles, who died earlier this year at the age of 73. The surprise of Ray is not the music; it's fabulous. It's not Jamie Foxx's performance -- tour de force is putting it mildly. The surprise is that despite a blocky, chronological, somewhat plodding story line, the development of a public character we all felt we knew well contains revelations that, while not particularly pretty, enrich the legend of Ray Charles, bringing him a bit closer to the ground. The 20 years depicted in the film are spent predominantly on the road, womanizing, shooting up and making glorious music born of a complicated and utterly unique genius. All in all, Ray is one of the most engrossing glimpses into the life of a musician on the road that I can remember. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R)
The film begins where the first Resident Evil film left off, with Alice in the heart of the ravaged and deadly Raccoon City. She and the rest of the cast will battle their way through the ravenous undead, Umbrella forces and bioengineered weapons, the most deadly being the assassin named Nemesis. -- Not reviewed

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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

*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures, Sky Captain plays like a kid movie wrapped in the skin of an experimental art film. But don't be fooled, it's still pure summer blockbuster bliss -- weird, wild, stylistically original and unabashedly fun. Sky Captain opens in 1939 New York City with a dirigible flight, a frightened scientist and two mysterious vials. But before we get to the bottom of things, there are giant robots marching through Manhattan on an unknown mission. Sky Captain clips along at a brisk pace, taking our heroes from New York to Nepal to the middle of the ocean while still keeping the story simple and the action beats regular. -- Scott Renshaw

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*Sideways (R)
See full review on p.30.

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Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
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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

Surviving Christmas (PG-13)
A rich but lonely executive (Ben Affleck) rents a family to act as his own for the holidays in order to re-live his happier childhood years. -- Not Reviewed

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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. Starring Tom Green. -- Not reviewed

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