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click to enlarge X2: X-Men United  is still one of your best bets on the local screens.
  • X2: X-Men United is still one of your best bets on the local screens.

2 Fast 2 Furious (PG-13)
The long-anticipated sequel to earlier thrill ride Fast and the Furious features a return performance from Paul Walker as renegade cop Brian O'Conner. A frequently shirtless Tyrese Gibson fills the hunkiness gap left by Vin Diesel. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Alex and Emma (PG-13)
See full review, page 31.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Bruce Almighty (PG-13)
After a less than enthusiastic reception to more serious roles in The Majestic and Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey returns to his tried-and-true physical comedy routine. Carrey plays an insufferable television reporter longing for an anchor job. When he doesn't get the job he rants at God, blaming the Almighty for his misfortunes and his "trivial life." He receives an audience with God (Morgan Freeman), who wants to go on vacation and leaves Bruce in-charge. There is little logic to the film's journey to its obvious conclusion, way too many trademark Jim Carrey stunts minus interesting characterization, and far too little screen time for co-stars Freeman and Jennifer Anniston. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Bugs (NR)
--Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

Daddy Day Care (PG)
Eddie Murphy is a recently unemployed dad who opens a daycare center run by men. Poopie jokes galore. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

Dumber and Dumberer (PG-13)
Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson play the moronic pair formerly claimed by Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey. The prequel chronicles Harry and Lloyd's first meeting in a high school special-ed class. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10; Chapel Hills 15; Cinemark 16; Tinseltown

Finding Nemo (G)
Animated Disney flick about cute fishies, featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Geoffrey Rush, and, I kid you not, Willem Dafoe. --Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Ghosts of the Abyss (NR) (in IMAX 3D)
Director James Cameron once again exploits, oops that's explores the wreckage of the Titanic -- this time in 3D. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

Hollywood Homicide (PG-13)
Moonlighting homicide detectives (Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford) investigate a nefarious rap record boss (Isaiah Washington.) Country great Dwight Yoakom also stars. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*The Hulk (PG-13)
See full review, page 29.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

India: Kingdom of the Tiger (NR) (large format for IMAX)
A National Wildlife Federation presentation, this new IMAX film focuses on the plight of the Bengal tiger, and retells the true story of British hunter and wildlife conservationist, Edward James Corbett, who lived most of his life in India. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

From Justin to Kelly (PG-13)
More American Idol than you can stomach. Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini (aka first place, second place) star in this musical beach party. Bubble-gum-ilicious! --Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

The Italian Job (PG-13)
The latest in a line of mediocre heist flicks, The Italian Job, to its credit, stars a cast of criminals you could actually bring home to mom. It's a gang that doesn't shoot straight because it doesn't pack heat. They even drive fuel-efficient European minis. Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) leads a team composed of tech savvy experts Left Ear (Mos Def), a hacker extraordinnaire (Seth Greene) and Handsome Rob (Jason Statham). Charlize Theron is the requisite chick on hand to siphon off some of the homoerotic tension that would otherwise froth over. Like most heist films, the planning stage is the most satisfying. However there's no tension in the film beyond the question: Will they pull it of? The Italian Job is abetted by a graceful camera, and the techno trance music pulls the rest of the load. This is not a bad ride, but if you remember anything about it by the time you get home from the multiplex, let me know. -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15, Carmike 10

Man on the Train (R)
See full review page 31.

Kimball's Twin Peak

*The Matrix Reloaded (R)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) exhibits fresh powers in Matrix Reloaded that promise to play a significant role in part three, coming in November. Since the first film, he has switched from confused Matrix slave into a Superman-styled messianic protagonist with a heightened love for S&M warrior priestess Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) in her signature patent leather cat suit. What's at stake, essentially, in Matrix Reloaded -- besides the question of whether Neo and Trinity can lead humanity if indeed that is all that exists outside the Matrix -- is a symbolic capacity for original or individual thought. The world of violent, super-action cinema is about to swing in a very aggressive direction. Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be Matrix days at the movies for a very long time to come. -- Cole Smithey

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

Rugrats Go Wild (PG)
Two of Nickolodeon's most popular cartoons come together when the Rugrats meet the Wild Thornberrys in this fun, exotic adventure ride. Featuring the voices of Tim Curry, LL Cool J, and Bruce Willis. --Not Reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown, Chapel Hills 15, Carmike 10

*X2: X-Men United (PG-13)
The new and improved X-Men is darker than the first and, even for the uninitiated, a fascinating comic-book adventure come to life. There's more of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the taste of his torment as he paces the Earth with the instincts of a wild animal, the hairdo of a '50s rock 'n' roll devil, the physique of a GI Joe doll and the bony anatomy of Edward Scissorhands. Mystique, the blue vinyl shape-shifter played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos gets full star treatment as Magneto's (Ian McKellen) sizzling sidekick. Nightcrawler, a new character introduced and creepily played by Alan Cumming, brings religion to the mix, raising questions about faith and fervor while bonding with a group who can appreciate his ability to disappear into a thin wisp of smoke. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart duke it out for the title of Most Intriguing Soon-to-be Elderly Actor as Magneto and Professor Xavier -- former friends, now intellectual foes, who disagree on how mutants should interact with humans in a world that dangerously polarizes anyone who diverts from the mainstream. Bravo, X-Men! Encore! -- Kathryn Eastburn



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