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click to enlarge Goldie Hawn, mother of Kate Hudson, slums in The Banger Sisters
  • Goldie Hawn, mother of Kate Hudson, slums in The Banger Sisters

*Across the Sea of Time (NR)
Schmaltzy and sentimental, with a thin and barely coherent plot, this 3-D IMAX film is also visually stunning, even beautiful, consistently interesting and, occasionally, intensely moving. Nineteenth- and early 20th-century stereoscopic images are magically transferred to the IMAX format and the results are breathtaking. -- John Hazlehurst

Cinemark IMAX Theatre

The Banger Sisters (R)
What's to hate about The Banger Sisters? Abysmal pacing, Geoffrey Rush's inexplicable awkwardness in a supporting role, Susan Sarandon's pathetic character, horrible whiny teenagers, and the notion that being drunk for 20 years is somehow more liberating than choosing a buttoned-down life. What's to like? Goldie Hawn's muscle tone and her absolute perfection as a melting-down boozehound who knows her time has passed but can't give up the gig of sexpot. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Barbershop (PG-13)
Feature debut by music-video director Tim Story about a south side Chicago barbershop that reveals his expressive ability with multiple characters and the capacity to delicately shift in tone from comedy to drama. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Bourne Identity (PG-13)
The plot is somewhat thin but the ride is rich with plenty of well-timed twists and turns and an enticing, prickly romance. -- Kathryn Eastburn


*The Four Feathers (PG-13)
The tale of one man's personal quest for peace and marriage in the face of his country's orders to fight Sudanese Arabs in the name of the Queen's Empire. Heath Ledger plays Harry Feversham, a soldier for Imperial England, who resigns his regiment's commission after announcing his engagement to Ethne (Kate Hudson). When he finds himself unable to endure the humiliation of being considered a coward, Harry goes off alone to North Africa's treacherous Sudan in search of honor, only to be swallowed up by a culture he can barely fathom. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (G)
Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and other talking vegetables tell the Biblical story of Jonah in the first animated feature film from the creators of the VeggieTales series. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

click to enlarge In contract, Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn, shine in the period piece, The Four Feathers
  • In contract, Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn, shine in the period piece, The Four Feathers

*My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
A delightful confection of a film. The pacing of the first half of the film is a little slow, but it picks up nicely when the whole crazy extended family gets into the act. Romantic comedies require a deft touch, and the writing of Nia Vardalos (who also plays the lead) provides it. -- Andrea Lucard

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak Theater, Tinseltown

*One Hour Photo (PG-13)
Besides being a well directed, mildly interesting psychological thriller, this is Robin Williams' redemption as a screen actor. Though the story turns out to be a little thin and the ending is unnecessarily ambiguous, One Hour Photo is an interesting enough character study to sustain interest and create suspense. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

*Red Dragon (R)
See full review, page 37.

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

*Signs (PG-13)
A quiet, suspenseful and frequently thrilling romp through the chilling territory of the unknown. Mel Gibson delivers a refreshingly understated turn as a man sleepwalking through life following a spiritual crisis, and Joaquin Phoenix is sincere and effective as his loyal brother. Signs falls into some clumsy dialogue when it tries to be philosophical, but altogether, it's a fun thriller that marks director M. Night Shyamalan's growing influence as a Hollywood filmmaker. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Sweet Home Alabama (PG-13)
After watching Sweet Home Alabama, I couldn't remember a thing I had seen in the last two hours and couldn't stop singing that obnoxious song for two days. Reese Witherspoon is so chipper and attractive that she almost carries Sweet Home Alabama off, but the actress who swept us away with her brilliant performance as the bratty good girl in Election is nowhere apparent here. That script demanded smart acting and a keen understanding of character. This script relies on pretty faces, cliches and soggy stereotypes. In the end, you don't care if her character comes home or not. You just want to get out of the theater before that blasted song starts again. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Tuxedo (PG-13)
Jackie Chan plays Jimmy Tong, a New York City taxi driver hired to chauffeur a millionaire who's working on a top-secret mission for the U.S. government. When Tong slips into his employer's experimental new tuxedo, loaded with high-tech gadgets, he enters a strange new world of espionage. Also starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinema Latino

xXx (PG-13)
Despite its humor and abundant energy, xXx ultimately cannot decide whether it is a) a comic book-style adventure flick where all is not as it seems; b) a legitimate invention of a new breed of action-adventure hero; or c) all-out parody. It could have been good plain fun, but dies in explosive overkill and is doomed by its confounding identity crisis. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinema Latino


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