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  • The Creeper is back to terrorize a new group of victims.

American Wedding (R)
The third and likely final installation to the American Pie series has two from the familiar gang tying the knot -- and most of the rest along for the ride. No need for tissues at this wedding. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15

Bad Boys II (R)
Movie cops have all the excitement. This update of the original buddy action hit reunites Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as LAPD officers assigned to track down an elusive drug kingpin. Explosions, gunplay, more explosions, then the two hours are up. --Not reviewed


Bugs (NR) (In IMAX 3-D)
Dame Judi Dench narrates this inside look at the secret world of bugs, presented by Terminix. No joke. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

*Dirty Pretty Things (R)
See full review, page 35.

Kimball's Twin Peak

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

Freaky Friday (PG)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star in this Disney remake of the '70s hit that finds a stressed-out mother and an angry daughter switching places for a day. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Freddy vs. Jason (R)
Just to prove that Hollywood has run out of ideas, this is the story of a final face-off between two of the most notorious horror-movie villains. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

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

Cinemark IMAX

Le Divorce (PG-13)
See full review, page 34.

Kimball's Twin Peak, Cinemark 16

Marci X (R)
Lisa Kudrow stars as the daughter who is asked by her father (Richard Benjamin) to take over a gangsta rapper's record label. Damon Wayans plays said rapper. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Chapel Hills 15,

*The Matrix Reloaded (R) (in IMAX format)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) exhibits fresh powers in Matrix Reloaded that promise to play a significant role in part three. Since the first film, he has switched from confused Matrix slave into a 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 IMAX

The Medallion (PG-13)
Jackie Chan is a Hong Hong cop who has a near fatal accident and assumes super powers when he takes possession of a special medallion. Claire Forlani is an English agent called in for support and Julian Sands plays the evil villain Shakehead. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

My Boss's Daughter (PG-13)
When the boss leaves town, up-cnd-coming young exec Ashton Kutcher offers to house sit. Hoping to score some brownie points, instead he scores with the boss's cunning daughter (Tara Reid). -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Open Range (R)
Director Kevin Costner is trying to recreate the glory films of old through Open Range, but despite all the right elements in place, the film manages to miss that mark.The film generally lacks a sense of humor that might make such lines as "Barkeep, two whiskeys," go down a little smoother. Despite a gorgeous western landscape(filmed in British Columbia); decent acting, by Robert Duvall in particular; and the classic western setup, Open Range too often feels ponderous and silly. The particular exception is the final shootout, which is well written and choreographed and gives a good sense of how a gun battle might take up a whole small town. -- Andrea Lucard

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
The best amusement park ride-based film ever, Pirates is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) whose Saint-Tropez tan and triptych beard has him looking like the lost lovechild of Marilyn Manson and Osama bin Laden. Depp's combination of bad-boy charm with Keystone Kops physical panache nearly redeems the film. The plot is convoluted, but cannons fly, peasants and redcoats run scattershot through the cobblestone streets and there's plenty of high seas adventure on the Black Pearl, crewed by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
The newest IMAX film explores the use of percussion as a means of expression throughout the world. The tour is hosted by the cast of the crowd-pleasing percussion/dance troupe Stomp. --Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

*Seabiscuit (PG-13)
Triumphant underdog sports dramas speak to our irrepressible need for redemption. If this is your thing, then saddle on up. Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire), our star, is abandoned at a horse farm in his early teens where he learns to race. Seabiscuit has been wounded and thus relegated to life as a pace horse until a skeptical investor purchases the horse and Pollard talks his way into the saddle. Here the film slips into pleasurable clich. The story of Seabiscuit as the embodiment of the New Deal ethos is thumped into our heads as the narrative is contrasted with still photos of the Hoovervilles and bread lines. If you're prone to a good come-from-behind fight, though, you'll forgive the film's flaws. There are simply too many underdogs to root for: horse, man and America. Take your pick. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

*The Secret Lives of Dentists (R)
See full review, page 36.

Chapel Hills 15

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (PG)
Richard Rodriguez kicks his delightful family adventure series up a notch this time we'll get to see them kick bad guy butt in 3-D. Expect lots of humor, an appearance by Ricardo Montalban and sets that rock. --Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15

S.W.A.T. (PG-13)
The newest summer thrill ride follows a group of excessively attractive and multicultural SWAT team recruits from training to their first major Los Angeles assignment. Featuring Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, big guns, explosions and techno-music. --Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (R)
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns once again as a robot sent back in time to protect a young rebel leader. Basically a rehashing of the plot of Terminator 2, but the antagonist is a sexy lady robot that can put her legs behind her head. --Not reviewed


Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life (PG-13)
Angelina Jolie as video game heroine Lara Croft chases adventure around the world. --Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Uptown Girls (PG-13)
Brittany Murphy stars as a newly disinherited rock heiress who is forced to get a job. Desperate, she becomes the nanny to a prematurely mature grade schooler (Dakota Fanning). -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Whale Rider (PG-13)
A multigenerational female empowerment story rooted deeply in Maori mythology, Whale Rider is a riveting human drama from beginning to end. Newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes is a revelation as Pai, a young girl descended from Maori chiefs who wants to claim her place as a tribal leader. But she's a girl and leading's not allowed, as she is reminded again and again by her grandfather Koro (Rawiri Paratene). This is the central conflict of the film, set in coastal New Zealand where modern poverty and vulnerability exist alongside the eternal natural beauty and brutality of the sea. What happens in the third act is a complete and wondrous surprise. Whale Rider is a crowd pleaser for all the right reasons: It informs its viewers about dignity and pain but never condescends. Don't miss it. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Kimball's Twin Peak


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