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click to enlarge (L to R) Connie (NIA VARDALOS) and Carla (TONI COLLETTE) onstage as their drag alter egos in Connie and Carla.
  • (L to R) Connie (NIA VARDALOS) and Carla (TONI COLLETTE) onstage as their drag alter egos in Connie and Carla.

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination

London (PG)
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The Alamo (PG-13)
The Texas revolution is retold before, during and after the epic siege of the Alamo where 183 Texans, including Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) and James Bowie (Jason Patric), took on a Mexican army of nearly 2,000. Also stars Dennis Quaid. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Big Fish (PG-13)
Tolerable Southern accents and fine performances don't make Big Fish anything more than a pleasantly forgetful two hours. This standard father-son estrangement story uses magical realism to trumpet a pat and quickly redundant message: Stories, whether real or embellished, are the equivalent of chicken soup for our souls. Albert Finney stars as the elder Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor is Bloom in his youth), a man whose love for his own narrative borders on the megalomaniacal. -- John Dicker

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Butterfly Effect (R)
Ashton Kutcher stars in and executive produced this creepy time-travel tale. -- Not reviewed

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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) as they struggle to survive at home. 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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Ella Enchanted (PG)
Ella receives the "gift" of obedience at birth from her fairy Godmother. In her quest to rid herself of this curse, she encounters ogres, giants and a talking book. Starring Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries). -- 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 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


The Girl Next Door (R)
A teenage boy's dream comes true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love. Stars Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Gospel of John (PG-13)
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Grand Canyon (NR)
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Haunted Mansion (PG)
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*Hellboy (PG-13)
Ron Perlman has racked up quite a rsum playing the gentle (and not-so-gentle) giant. In Hellboy, the spawn of Satan who is raised by humans to make choices for good, Perlman has found the character of a lifetime. Director Guillermo Del Toro seems to have hit upon the ideal mix of dark surroundings, wry humor and mythical characters in this comic book adaptation. Hellboy is an unforgettable character, strengthened by Perlman's mellifluous baritone and his fine instinctive empathy for the outcast. With the exception of the first X-Men, this is the best of a rising genre that's nonsensical but visually thrilling.

Cinemark 16, 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 like so much horse flesh. 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

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

Johnson Family Vacation (PG-13)
Nate Johnson (Cedric The Entertainer) and his family embark on a cross-country trek to their annual family reunion in Missouri. Nate's family includes his reluctant wife (Vanessa Williams); a rapper-wannabe son (Lil' Bow Wow); a teenage daughter (Solange Knowles), who thinks she is the next Lolita; and their youngest (Gabby Soleil), who's brought his imaginary dog along for the ride. -- 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 muscles 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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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

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

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

*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

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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

Welcome to Mooseport (PG-13)
Gene Hackman plays a former President of the United States who retires to Mooseport, Maine to write his memoirs. Local townspeople convince him to run for mayor and he goes up against a popular hardware store owner played by Ray Romano. -- Not reviewed

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The Whole Ten Yards (PG-13)
Bruce Willis plays a retired hit man hiding out and enjoying domestic life. Much to his dismay, his old pal Oz (Mathew Perry) drags him back to the world he left behind when Oz's wife is kidnapped by a Hungarian mob. The sequel to The Whole Nine Yards also stars Amanda Peet. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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