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click to enlarge Emma Thompson helps Mr. Ed discover his true nature in - Nanny McPhee.
  • Emma Thompson helps Mr. Ed discover his true nature in Nanny McPhee.

Aeon Flux (PG-13)
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*Brokeback Mountain (R)
Ang Lee's directorial restraint, the Larry McMurtry-Diana Ossana screenplay so faithful to Annie Proulx's story, near-perfect casting and the magnificent Wyoming landscape yield an unforgettable film, a true Western surrounding a tragic love story. Most critics have deemed Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger's film, but it is equally Jake Gyllenhaal's. Both deliver mature, finely wrought performances. The film's emotional impact is precisely as blunt, clear and devastating as Proulx's prose, a remarkable accomplishment. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak

*Capote (R)
Instead of memorializing Capote with the standard film biopic, traveling from childhood through illustrious career to death, the producer/star (Philip Seymour Hoffman), screenwriter (Dan Futterman) and director (Bennett Miller) chose to limit their drama to one brief era of his life, the years he spent writing his tour de force, In Cold Blood. Capote depicts an artist's dilemma and ultimate demise when faced with selling his soul for a story. -- Kathryn Eastburn


Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (PG)
Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt star in this sequel, in which their large family finds itself in competition with another large family, headed by Eugene Levy. -- Not reviewed

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*The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG)
Carmike Stadium 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Derailed (R)
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (PG)
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End of the Spear (PG-13)
When five young missionaries are speared to death by Waodani tribesmen in Ecuador in 1956, the lives of the missionaries' families and Mincayani's (Louie Leonardo) people are changed forever. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Flightplan (PG-13)
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Fun with Dick and Jane (PG-13)
A remake of the 1977 comedy in which a married couple turns to robbery to pay the bills. Starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni. -- Not reviewed

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

Glory Road (PG)
The story of the first all-black starting lineup to win college basketball's NCAA championship. -- Not reviewed

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

*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13)
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Hoodwinked (PG)
There's a huge problem with Hoodwinked, and it isn't the one suggested by its trailers and posters. Or by the double-meaning of the scene in the film where Little Red Riding Hood (Anne Hathaway) comments to the wolf (Patrick Warburton) in Granny's clothing, "Your face looks weird." This simple-minded cartoon deserves to be pilloried for falling victim to that contemporary kid-flick game of can-you-top-this: the obsession with being ever more hip and pop-culture savvy. -- Scott Renshaw

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

Hostel (R)
Three American backpackers travel to a Slovakian city in search of hedonism, but instead find horror. -- Not reviewed

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Jarhead (R)
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*King Kong (PG-13)
Carmike Stadium 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Last Holiday (PG-13)
After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to take a European vacation and erase all of her boundaries. Also starring LL Cool J and Timothy Hutton. -- Not reviewed

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

The Legend of Zorro (PG)
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Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West (NR)
The film chronicles the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, into uncharted territory to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Memoirs of a Geisha (PG-13)
The film adaptation of Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha has inspired controversy by casting Chinese (and not Japanese) actresses in the film's three key roles. Golden's novel -- perhaps even to a fault -- focused on the day-to-day minutiae that made the world of geishas so uniquely compelling. But the film hones in on the romance and power struggles that make for bigger, more dramatic cinema. It's not just the actresses that lack a distinctively Japanese flavor; it's the film as a whole. -- Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Munich (R)
Munich, with its shimmeringly dark 1970s color palette, understated performances, arching historical context and moral ambiguity, is so brave, so compellingly filmed and told, that the director seems like a new Spielberg altogether, one who's figured out that we've learned little from the violent world events of the last century. The new Spielberg fears for the future of humanity and can make a white-knuckle, action-adventure film about that without sacrificing character, plot or deeply humane motivation -- and without preaching. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The New World (PG-13)
Terrence Malick makes movies in which big-name stars play characters who reveal themselves primarily through ponderous voice-over narration. But there comes a point in any movie when the number of shots of people wandering meditatively through nature reaches critical mass. And in The New World, that point comes long before the credits roll. -- Scott Renshaw


*Pride and Prejudice (PG)
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The Ringer (PG-13)
The Ringer's humor never is consistently anything. It takes a gauche premise -- an average Joe enters the Special Olympics as a ringer, confident he will win big money that will pay off his uncle's gambling debts and obtain the operation needed by his gardener (whose accident is his fault) -- and adds some comeuppance, romantic intrigue and inspirational lessons. The result is an uneven comedy, whose occasionally hilarious lines of dialogue don't fully compensate for its long interludes of predictability. -- Marjorie Baumgarten

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Saw II (R)
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*Syriana (R)
Syriana is as much a position paper as it is a film. It's a multi-layered construction of the tangled connections between business, politics and money as concerns American policies in the Middle East -- the petroleum-trade equivalent of how Stephen Gaghan handled the drug trade in his Oscar-winning script for 2000's Traffic. Syriana is that rare politically themed film that has something to say, yet generally allows you to figure out its meaning on your own. -- Scott Renshaw

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

*Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (PG)
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Tristan & Isolde (PG-13)
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Underworld: Evolution (R)
As the war between vampires and werewolves rages on, the legacy of both races is revealed, including the personal history of Selene (Kate Beckinsale). -- Not reviewed

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

*Walk the Line (PG-13)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)
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Zathura (PG)
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