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click to enlarge Someone buy her a sandwich! Rebecca Romijn-Stamos works what little shes got in Femme Fatale.
  • Someone buy her a sandwich! Rebecca Romijn-Stamos works what little shes got in Femme Fatale.

*8 Mile (R)
See full review, page 29.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*8 Women (R)
See full review, page 28.

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Femme Fatale (R)
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos plays a con artist who's hired to rob $10 million in diamonds at a fashion show. She pulls off the heist and even makes off with the loot herself, but when a photographer (played by Antonio Banderas) takes a snapshot, her cover is blown. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills, Tinseltown

Ghost Ship (R)
Audiences wanting that old-fashioned "Boo!" surprise of a Halloween spook-house can get a few good thrills in the safety of a darkened movie house with Ghost Ship -- at least in the opening scene, when a moment of gruesome surprise is drawn out with such gleeful prolonging that the scene goes from shock to horror to comedy and back to shock and horror without missing a beat. But as for the rest of the flick, the cold claustrophobic fear that should creep off the screen like a dense San Francisco fog never catches on because director Steven Beck (Thirteen Ghosts) can't match the timbre of the movie to the tone of the ship's foreboding atmosphere. Beck never instills the proper mood of dislocation into his actors, nor does he use the camera as a conspirator in building the audience's sense of anxiety. Bottom line: Ghost Ship won't rock anyone's world. -- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Tinseltown

I Spy (PG-13)
Loosely based on the late-'60s TV show, this comedy stars Owen Wilson as a CIA agent whose assignment is to recover the Air Force's newest weapon: a stealth bomber. Eddie Murphy plays his reluctant partner. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Igby Goes Down (R)
Welcome to another tale of bourgeois adolescent epiphany achieved through drugs, sex and parental euthanasia. Kieran Culkin plays Igby Slocumb, a far-too-sophisticated 15-year-old who learns that even on the sunny side of a trust fund, the world can still be one cold mutha. Speaking of which, Susan Sarandon has way too much fun mocking the ruling class to be viable as Igby's matriarchal oppressor. She's a joy to watch, but hardly cruel enough to stoke the fires of her youngest son. Ryan Phillippe, however, delights as Oliver, Igby's oleaginous big brother turned de facto parent, whose seething restraint provides the necessary backdrop for Igby's ne'er-do-well hjinks. When Igby decides to go AWOL from yet another boarding school, he finds asylum in the SoHo studio of his Godfather's smack-addicted mistress and here he encounters a hilarious cross-dressing performance artist, and, more importantly, Bennington drop-out Sookie Silverstein (Claire Danes) with whom he quickly falls in love. Igby is a cathartic treasure trove of cocktail party witticisms and first-time director Burr Steers did a marvelous job with the verbal savagery and nihilism of New York's elite. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak Theater

Jackass: The Movie (R)
The big-screen version of the MTV series featuring Johnny Knoxville and his pals performing a series of questionable stunts. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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, Tinseltown

click to enlarge In Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler is a lover, not a fighter.
  • In Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler is a lover, not a fighter.

*Punch-Drunk Love (R)
A terrific love story -- though not the type of movie to go to on a first date. It's a movie you'll want to recommend over and over -- although not the type of movie to recommend to a casual friend or elderly relatives, or those you know who demand either straightforward narrative or outr experimentation --This newest film by P.T. Anderson, the writer/director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, defies categorization. Part of that defiance lies within the slightly strange plot, which, in conventional terms, is ridiculously thin. That matters, however, not at all -- it is just enough to carry the considerable emotional weight of the film. The rest of the lifting is done through an amazing job by Adam Sandler, who has a role that demands a kind of silent gravity, punctuated by violence, that I believe few contemporary male leads could pull off. Opposite him, the slightly off-balance Emily Watson is positively luminous. And that's just the screenplay and acting. The lighting, camerawork and soundtrack are also extraordinary; the film pushes and pulls you all over its strange and moving universe. -- Andrea Lucard


*Red Dragon (R)
Anthony Hopkins has internalized the role of Hannibal Lecter so thoroughly by now that he barely moves or blinks when delivering his virulent lines. Edward Norton is fresh and straightforward as FBI agent Graham. And Ralph Fiennes portrays murderer Dolarhyde more than adequately. A thrilling musical score by Danny Elfman drives the film and provides many crowd-rousing moments. All in all, Red Dragon competently completes the trilogy, likely retiring Hopkins' famous Dr. Lecter for good. Let's hope so anyway. The psychopath as mastermind myth is beginning to feel a little too comfortable and familiar. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

The Ring (PG-13)
A remake of a 1998 Japanese thriller about a journalist (Naomi Watts) who finds and watches a videotape with a disturbing history -- everyone who has watched it has died within seven days. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Santa Clause 2 (G)
Eight years after the original, Tim Allen returns as Santa. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (PG)
Only five theaters in the country will be showing Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones on the IMAX screen and Colorado Springs is one of them.

Cinemark IMAX

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

Chapel Hills, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Truth About Charlie (R)
While not a perfect or great film, The Truth About Charlie is a fresh, practically giddy romantic-comedy thriller, directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), that just happens to be a remake of the 1963 Stanley Donen film Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Don't even think about star power -- it's hard to imagine a pair that could knock Grant and Hepburn out of the water -- but allow yourself to swoon in the presence of Thandie Newton whose screen presence is playful, elegant, refined and natural. Demme allows the plot to meander and weave, but what the film lacks in plotting it more than makes up for in fresh cinematic imagery, adoration of Paris, musical fascination and just plain joie de vivre. Mark Wahlberg has the great misfortune of being miscast as the leading man; he looks too young and vacant to flesh out such a complex character. But Newton carries him along in their on-again, off-again romance. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16

*Tuck Everlasting (PG)
You must view this film in its intended vein -- "family" entertainment of the old-school Disney variety, aimed at the hearts of 8- to 12-year-old girls and their mothers. (Think Swiss Family Robinson meets Interview with a Vampire minus the blood.) As such, it's a distinctive success, avoiding the pervasive presence of modern, smart-ass whiz kids parroting insulting lines. Alexis Bledel is delightful in the role of Winnie, a spunky 15-year-old who's tired of her stifling life, and former soap opera heartthrob Jonathan Jackson is wide-eyed, bushy-tailed and devoted as love-interest Jesse. William Hurt sleepwalks through his performance, but Ben Kingsley is creepy and smarmy as the mysterious man in the yellow suit and Sissy Spacek is spirited and slightly wacky as the mother of the Tuck family. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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