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click to enlarge A trio of cows  (left to right) Mrs. Caloway (voice of Judi Dench), Maggie (voice of Roseanne Barr) and Grace (voice of Jennifer Tilly)  get some much needed good luck when they meet up with Lucky Jack, a real Jack-of-all-trades in  Home on the Range.
  • A trio of cows (left to right) Mrs. Caloway (voice of Judi Dench), Maggie (voice of Roseanne Barr) and Grace (voice of Jennifer Tilly) get some much needed good luck when they meet up with Lucky Jack, a real Jack-of-all-trades in Home on the Range.

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (PG)
Covert cover-ups and international intrigue await Secret Agent Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) on his second adventure. -- Not reviewed

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The Barbarian Invasions (R)
Having a difficult time accepting the reality of death and feeling regretful over his past, a man dying of cancer tries to find peace in his last moments. Directed by Quebecois filmmaker Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire). -- Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

Catch that Kid (PG)
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Cheaper by the Dozen (PG)
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*Cold Mountain (R)
Would-be lovers Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Inman (Jude Law) are separated at romance's first blush by the battle call of the Civil War. Many memorable moments gracefully depict the cultural and physical devastation caused by the war, and the unexpected female empowerment experienced by Ada and Ruby (Renee Zellweger). Winner of the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Zellweger). -- Kathryn Eastburn

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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (PG)
Hip New Yorker Lola (Lindsay Lohan), freshly relocated to the Jersey suburbs, can't quite fit in at her new school. As Lola guns for the lead role in the school play, she's pitted against the reigning teenage queen, who has a few aces up her sleeve. -- Not reviewed

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Dawn of the Dead (R)
The survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing the flesh-hungry undead take refuge in a mega shopping mall. With Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (R)
With Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has created another ethereal portal of consciousness. Jim Carrey stars as Joel, a borderline depressive who falls in love with Clementine, a big talker with blue hair played manically by the ever-delightful Kate Winslet. Kaufman's characters inhabit an inner-focused world that rarely offers moments of clarity. But Eternal Sunshine transcends concept and technique through the wonderful, deeply human performances of Carrey and Winslet. The surprise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is its uncompromising sentiment that, in love, flawed or not, a second chance is something worth fighting for. -- Kathryn Eastburn


Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Grand Canyon (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

Haunted Mansion (PG)
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*Hellboy (PG-13)
See full review, page 32.

Cinemark 16, Cinemark IMAX (in 35 mm), Tinseltown

*Hidalgo (PG-13)
Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is a cowboy who enters "The Ocean of Fire," a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian Desert. Presiding over the race is a sheik played by Omar Sharif and watching from the sidelines is Lady Davenport, who sizes up Hopkins' cute cowboy butt. Hidalgo is an old-fashioned horse tale/ screen romp that falls somewhere between Seabiscuit and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Mortensen and the mustang enjoy an easy rapport, and their journey over mountains of dunes, through sandstorms and across centuries is a pleasure to watch -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Home on the Range (PG)
When an eviction notice shows up at the gates of the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, three cows take it upon themselves to prevent their home from being taken away. An animated feature with the voices of Roseanne, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilley and Cuba Gooding Jr. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Jersey Girl (PG-13)
Ollie's (Ben Affleck) life falls apart when he loses his job, his wife (Jennifer Lopez) and has to move in with his father (George Carlin). Things start to look up when he meets a young video clerk (Liv Tyler). Written and directed by Kevin Smith. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Ladykillers (R)
Tom Hanks is Professor G.H. Dorr, a con man who takes up residence in the coastal Mississippi home of Miss Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall), hoping to tunnel through her basement walls to the safe of a neighboring river casino. Dorr's band of bungling burglars includes Marlon Wayans as a casino insider; J.K. Simmons as a former Freedom Rider; Tzi Ma as a munitions expert; and Ryan Hurst as the brawn of the operation. Hanks hams it up, Ms. Hall is a formidable screen presence and Wayans gives a flawless comic performance. Directed by the Coen bothers who re-inhabit a dream South accented by a rousing folk and gospel soundtrack. A remake of the 1955 original starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, this isn't among the best of the Coen brothers' work, but it's solid entertainment. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Last Samurai (R)
This epic tale of a Westerner (Tom Cruise) who goes to Japan to train imperial soldiers in modern warfare, but ends up fighting for the samurai, combines elements of Dances With Wolves, Braveheart, Seven Samurai and director Edward Zwick's own best work, Glory, in a big Hollywood spectacle that only occasionally loses its way. Stunning fight choreography and graceful cinematography by John Toll, set to music by Hans Zimmer, make for magnificent battle scenes. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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*Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PG-13)
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (PG-13)
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Miracle (PG)
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*Nascar 3D (PG) (in IMAX 3-D)
By now, you probably know that NASCAR is the most popular spectator sport in America and middle America's unofficial pastime. The film is a 47-minute NASCAR For Dummies primer that includes a brief history of the sport, short profiles of its legends and brief exegesis of its technical underpinnings. Of course, there's no shortage of vroom and boom -- with plenty of point-of-view shots taken inside the speeding cars and sprawling shots of surging racetrack crowds to rival Triumph of the Will. This sport is HUGE. -- John Dicker

Cinemark IMAX

Ocean Wonderland (NR) (in IMAX 3-D)
Swim with the fishies in IMAX 3-D. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX

The Passion of the Christ (R)
Hey! Didya hear? Mel Gibson's made some sort of Jesus movie. Who knew? If your spirituality requires a graphic reminder of your messiah's martyrdom, then this is your feel-humbled hit of the spring. If not, well, Jesus Christ Superstar still holds up like a champ. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown Now also with Spanish subtitles at Tinseltown

Peter Pan (PG)
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The Prince and Me (PG)
Julia Stiles is Paige, a free spirited American college student, who falls in love with Edward (Luke Mably), a Danish prince disguised as a regular guy. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG)
The sequel to the 2002 film that first brought Scooby and the gang to the big screen. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Secret Window (R)
At a lakeside cabin, Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) suffers writer's block and battles the crazed John Shooter (John Turturro). They broker a deal: if Rainey can prove he wrote the tale Shooter will back off. If he can't, well, the murder of Rainey's dog offers a good indication of what's to come. The ever-lovable Depp makes this chore of a film bearable at times. Based on a Stephen King novella and directed by David Koepp. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Starsky & Hutch (PG-13)
After Boogie Nights, The Brady Bunch (I-II) Austin Powers (Vol. I-III), The Virgin Suicides, That '70s Show et al., an unfortunate sub genre has been born. Please let it die an early death. This is NOT to say that Todd Phillips' Starsky and Hutch is anything but the finest sort of silly action spoof. However, the film succeeds on its own merit and not because of its lazy pop-culture nostalgia. Recycled or not, Starsky and Hutch is great screwball comedy. The downside is that its success will likely spawn more of the same, which won't always be funny. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Taking Lives (R)
The French Canadian police call in an FBI profiler to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim. Starring Angelina Jolie and Keifer Sutherland. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

*Touching the Void (not rated)
The English are renowned for embarking on foolhardy endeavors and coming out the other end with the minor complaint of having had "a bit of a challenging day." Touching the Void, based on the true story recounted in Joe Simpson's book, belies the understatement and celebrates the ability of humans to confront the seemingly impossible. Simpson, when faced with the enormity of descending a previously unclimbed peak alone and with his leg broken in three places, somehow endures the gut-wrenching journey. The climbing scenes are breathtaking, (Winner of the 2004 British Academy Film Award for Best British Film.) -- Wayne Young

Kimball's Twin Peak

Walking Tall (PG-13)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to find it overrun with crime. With the help of Jackass star Johnny Knoxville he becomes sheriff and decides to clean up the town. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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