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click to enlarge Out of Time, with Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan (pictured) and Eva Mendes.
  • Out of Time, with Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan (pictured) and Eva Mendes.

We did not receive schedules for Carmike 10 and Chapel Hills 15 this week. Please call the theaters for times and film information.

The Fighting Temptations (PG-13)
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a bankrupt New York advertising executive, returning to his hometown in Alabama following his aunt's death. The hitch: He can't collect his inheritance until he whips the church choir into shape. Also stars Beyonc Knowles as one of the choir. -- Not reviewed


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

Good Boy (PG)
Cute, impish it-kid-actor Liam Aiken stars in this story about an intergalactic dog from the dog star Sirius who comes to Earth to see if dogs have taken over the planet yet. Also stars Kevin Neelon and Molly Shannon of SN Live as the kid's mom and dad. Celebrity dog voices include Matthew Broderick and Brittany Murphy. -- Not reviewed


The Gospel of John (PG)
Canadian-British production, a word-for-word reenactment of the Good News Bible version of the Gospel of John's version of the life of Christ. -- Not reviewed


House of the Dead (R)
Prequel to trilogy of Sega video games with a hard R for violence and gore. The game-to-film adaptation is the story of a techno-rave party attacked by zombies and monsters. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Intolerable Cruelty (PG-13)
See full review, page 89.

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Kill Bill (R)
See full review, page 89.

Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*Lost in Translation (R)
Films like this deserve a special MPAA rating of BP: Be Patient. Bill Murray starts as Bob, a whiskey company spokesmodel on assignment in Tokyo. There he hooks up with lonely young newlywed Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) who refreshingly avoids what could easily descend into a staid midlife crisis film about yet another older-man-younger-woman tryst. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Matchstick Men (PG-13)
There are numerous pleasures from the con of Matchstick Men, the story of an obsessive-compulsive conman and his new acquaintance with his 14-year-old daughter. First is the acting, led in particular by Alison Lohman who does a wonderful job playing a petulant teenager. Second is the pacing. Director Ridley Scott winds the audience in with near-perfect timing, delivering a suspenseful payoff that leaves you shaking your head trying to figure it all out. A caper film that, at its core, is a story of the redemptive power of family relationships. -- Andrea Lucard

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*The Matrix Reloaded (R) (in IMAX format)
Cinemark IMAX

*Out of Time (PG-13)
A sexy thriller directed by Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress), Out of Time is surprisingly funny while maintaining its dramatic tension throughout. The smart script by David Collard poses an oddball mix of sex farce, hard-boiled detective story, steamy Southern gothic and action-adventure romp, all intriguingly staged by lead actor Denzel Washington and a strong supporting cast. Washington is Matt, a small town Florida chief of police staggering between two beautiful women -- Ann (Sanaa Lathan), a high school girlfriend recently returned to town, and Alex (Eva Mendes), his soon-to-be ex-wife. When he becomes the obvious suspect in an arson/murder, Alex is the homicide detective on the case and he must stay two steps ahead of her, trying to clear himself and obscure evidence. Washington treats every plot twist with a freshly nuanced response. Expect surprises, and in spite of the PG-13 rating, some surprisingly vivid sex scenes. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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

The Rundown (PG-13)
The Rock goes to the Amazon to bust up some bad guys. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

*School of Rock (PG-13)
Little more than a Jack Black vanity vehicle with a plot so transparent you can practically see the screenwriter's tab indents. But you know what? It still rocks. Directed by Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life), it follows a predictable course:Voted out of his glam rock band, Dewey Finn (Black) is also behind on the rent and must find a job. When he takes a job as a substitute teacher, borrowing his friend Ned's identity, he discovers that some of his kids have musical talent. Thus, the bell rings on the school of rock, a "class project" that will eventually hustle his underage troops into the Battle of the Bands. School of Rock is the Jack Black show and he more than fills the part. -- John Dicker

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Secondhand Lions (PG)
Young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) becomes acquainted with his two eccentric uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), when his flaky mother (Kyra Sedgwick) leaves him at their Mississippi farm. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13)
Diane Lane stars as an American divorcee, a lawyer, who buys a rundown villa in Tuscany and rediscovers love. Loosely based on the bestselling Frances Mayes' memoir. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

Underworld (R)
A splashy, Matrix-style action thriller about the urban war between the vampires and the werewolves. Kate Beckinsale stars as Selene, a beautiful young vampire warrior. -- Not reviewed

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16


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