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click to enlarge Vivica A. Fox in Kill Bill.
  • Vivica A. Fox in Kill Bill.

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Beyond Borders (R)
Angelina Jolie is an American socialite living in London who falls in love with a doctor (Clive Owen) who travels to the far corners of the earth, healing people in war torn countries. But is he really just a doctor? Directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell (Vertical Limit, The Mask of Zorro).

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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


*Intolerable Cruelty (PG-13)
Neither the wackiest of Coen Brothers comedies, nor the most touching, Intolerable Cruelty is, nonetheless, a delightful bit of screwball comedy with a handful of spectacular one-liners, a script impaired slightly by too many writers, a gaggle of good gags and perfect casting in the lead roles. George Clooney is hotshot divorce attorney Miles Massey, representing Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann) in the case his gorgeous young wife Marylin (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has filed against him. When Massey triumphs in court, Marylin seeks vengeance while he helplessly falls for her. Fabulous lingering shots of Zeta Jones' creamy skin and a pleasing dose of Clooney doing what he does best -- acting for the Coens. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Kill Bill (R)
Quentin Tarantino's into ... chicks with samurai swords. Even though Kill Bill has been sliced in half to avoid an Oliver Stone running time, Tarantino's storytelling is tighter than Robert Novak's Rolodex, and is an undeniable pleasurable. Uma Thurman is "the bride," aka "Black Mamba," whose wedding party has been taken out by a coterie of svelte thugs known as the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad," a murder team headed by, of course, Bill. After wrecking the wedding, Bill shoots the bride in the head. Four years later, she wakes from a coma bent on revenge. Decadent and delightful fight scenes ensue. Kill Bill closes with a cliff-hanging plot disclosure, a cavernous sword slash in Thurman's back, and three names left on her "to-kill" list, setting us up nicely for Volume 2. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

Misadventures in 3D (in IMAX 3D)
The latest IMAX treat, a 3D animated feature.

Cinemark IMAX

*Mystic River (R)
Based on a Dennis Lahane novel, Mystic River is a triptych character study and a mournful noir that flirts with being a traditional thriller, but thankfully isn't. It's about damaged men and their grief, laced with the haunting question of "what if?" Director Clint Eastwood does a remarkable job of balancing his characters' salt-of-the-earth machismo with equal amounts of recrimination and regret. Sean Penn is Jimmy Markum, a guy trying to make good after a prison bid, who's thrown into a frenzy of grief, rage and unearthed secrets when his 19-year-old daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. Tim Robbins is Jimmy's abused boyhood friend, now married to Jimmy's wife's (Laura Linney) cousin (Marcia Gay Harden). Back in the neighborhood to investigate the murder is Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon), also a childhood friend of Jimmy and Dave. Eastwood's sad streets of urban New England match the haggard faces of its inhabitants to a T. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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 played 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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Radio (PG-13)
If you haven't seen the trailer for this inspirational take on a true story, you must have been in a coma. Ed Harris stars as a football coach who takes an interest in a mentally challenged young man (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and makes him a part of the team. Also features Debra Winger as Harris' wife. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Runaway Jury (PG-13)
Another screen adaptation of a John Grisham legal thriller -- hot, gooey and sticky, set in a steamy Southern city with powerful men doing despicable things behind a cloak of respectability, Runaway Jury fits somewhere in the middle between the best (The Client) and the worst (Pelican Brief) of the subgenre. A terrific cast (Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Rachel Weisz) populates this tale of jury tampering, set in a case against a gun dealer. Runaway Jury stoops to preach and shamelessly manipulate, using punched-up legal dialogue, a bunch of terrific actors, a sexy location, a hot-button issue and an intriguingly ambivalent take on the legal system. That's what these movies do, and this one does it adequately. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rundown (PG-13)
The Rock goes to the Amazon to bust up some bad guys.

Cinemark 16,Tinseltown

Scary Movie 3 (PG-13)
Just in time for Halloween, more boodie jokes and cleavage in the context of a comic "scary" movie. Maybe the third time's the charm.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*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

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (R)
Music video director Marcus Nispel brings us just what we wanted, an MTV-era remake of the gore classic.

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

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.

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.

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