Movie Picks 

*Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (PG-13)
Scientists set out for Borneo, searching for a flower that can prevent aging in this sequel to the 1997 thriller. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10

*Anchorman (PG-13)
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*The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13)
Since the terrific action thriller The Bourne Identity, the reluctant hero, former CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his spunky French companion Maria (Franka Potente) have apparently enjoyed some R & R. But Bourne is being pursued again, this time by a shady Russian agent who is part of a conspiracy that frames him for the assassination of two Berlin agents. The true star of The Bourne Supremacy is director Paul Greengrass, whose fight-scene cinematography is riveting. He utilizes glass and other reflective surfaces to heighten tension, emphasizing what we can't see, what's on the other side. This sequel is not quite as personally involving as its predecessor, but equally as thrilling and easily one of the best films of the summer. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Catwoman (PG-13)
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A Cinderella Story (PG)
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Cellular (PG-13)
A young man (Chris Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Kim Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped and thinks she's going to be killed soon. She doesn't know where she is, and his cell phone battery might run out soon. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Collateral (R)
In Michael Mann's Collateral, corruption lurks in the underground commerce of the international drug trade and is embodied by a hit man named Vincent (Tom Cruise). Vincent arrives in Los Angeles to take out five potential witnesses during a one-night spree. With money and a big gun, he forces taxi driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to be his unwilling chauffeur. Mann masterfully sets up scene after scene, transporting the audience with the camera as if we too were riding along in the cab. Foxx, known best for his comedy roles, delivers a multifaceted performance as a terrified, confused, intelligent and deeply humane protagonist. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Garfield (PG)
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*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
Cinemark IMAX, Picture Show

Hero (PG-13)
A series of flashbacks recounts the tale of how Nameless (Jet Li) defeats three powerful assassins to meet with the King of Qin (Daoming Chen), a warlord in pre-unified China. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

I, Robot (PG-13)
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Little Black Book (PG-13)
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*The Manchurian Candidate (R)
Director Jonathan Demme recycles the plot and characters of John Frankenheimer's great 1962 Communist paranoia film in an earnest and frequently affecting remake. While the original was audacious, perversely funny, wicked and bold for its time, the new version is merely a competent drama. Liev Schreiber is Raymond Shaw, a decorated war hero from Operation Desert Storm and a senator who has just received his party's vice-presidential nomination -- with more than a little help from his domineering mother, played with aplomb by Meryl Streep. When Shaw's former commander, Major Marco (Denzel Washington), shows up asking questions about strange dreams he and others from their unit brought home from Kuwait, the paranoia begins. Ultimately, Demme's remake stands on its own, but without the humor and satire of its predecessor. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15

Mr. 3000 (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays a retired baseball player who has modeled his post-ball life on his 3,000 hits as a major-leaguer. Seven years after having quit, a review of his record finds him three hits short of the milestone. He has no choice but to stage a comeback. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
Napoleon Dynamite is a harmless spawn of Sundance that could have been an excellent character piece had it not overindulged in its own idiosyncratic sensibility. The film's protagonist is Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a teenager whose mouth is forever agape and whose disposition hops between extreme dopiness and standard-issue adolescent indignation. If there's anything of a plot, it occurs when the quixotic Napoleon befriends Pedro, a newly arrived Mexican who makes a bid for class president. The two launch a campaign that -- like so much in their hometown of Preston, Idaho -- seems motivated by boredom as much as anything else. While Napoleon Dynamite is littered with hilarious bits and pieces, they add up to only a few hard laughs and not much else. -- John Dicker

Cinemark 16

Cinemark IMAX

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (PG-13)
Two losers marry two elderly sisters, thinking they'll inherit their fortune and Beverly Hills estate. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown

The Notebook (PG-13)
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Ocean Oasis (NR)
An explanation of the how and why of the wide variety of life in and around the Sea of Cortez. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16 IMAX

Paparazzi (PG-13)
It's not a good sign when a director's primary claim to fame is as Mel Gibson's former hair stylist. So it is that debut director Paul Abascal has made a tacky revenge thriller that draws on the same antagonistic relationship between paparazzi photographers and celebrities. Cole Hauser plays Bo Laramie, a rising Hollywood action-movie star who goes on the warpath against four tabloid-crazed paparazzi responsible for causing a car accident that nearly kills his wife. The car accident contains the earmarks of Princess Diana's final car ride, with camera flashes serving as bursts of violent aggression from hostile photographers. But the scene lacks the heart-stopping reality of such a horrible accident and, as such, places the narrative in a cartoon category of soft-core mock drama. Paparazzi can be viewed as a nightmare case scenario for media-hounded celebrities whose personal lives can, at any moment, become tabloid fodder. The premise expects that audiences will associate themselves with highly paid cultural icons oppressed by harassing photographers. It's a flawed premise to begin with, and it never ends well. -- Cole Smithey

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Passion of the Christ (R)
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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (G)
When Mia (Anne Hathaway) assumes the role as princess of Genovia with Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) as her grandmother, Mia quickly learns that she will be inheriting the crown sooner than she expected and that she must be married before doing so. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R)
A deadly virus has been unleashed on the population of Raccoon City. The film begins where the first Resident Evil film left off, with Alice in the heart of the ravaged and deadly Raccoon City. She and the rest of the cast will battle their way through the ravenous undead, Umbrella forces and bioengineered weapons, the most deadly being the assassin named Nemesis. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
The cult classic, audience participation flick will play every Saturday at the Lon Chaney Theater downtown. Audience members are encouraged to dress in character and bring props. No open flames allowed, but flashlights are OK. Admission and all the popcorn you can eat for $5.

City Auditorium

Shrek 2 (PG)
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Silver City (R)
The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado. -- Not reviewed

Kimball's Twin Peak

*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
See full review, page 33.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
As the film opens, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble keeping up at school despite being a bona fide scientific genius and is growing more alienated from love interest Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and good friend Harry Osborn (James Franco). The film's computer-generated special effects are lovely, and it's fun to watch Spidey glide through the sky. But overall, it is lacking in key areas. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Cinemark 16 IMAX

The Terminal (PG-13)
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Vanity Fair (PG-13)
The daughter of a British artist and a French chorus girl, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), strives to move into the British aristocracy during the first quarter of the 19th century. Based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16

What the Bleep Do We Know? (R)
There are many aspects to What the Bleep Do We Know that deserve slamming, but a lack of ambition is certainly not one of them. It is a film about ideas, big ideas. Defying genre categorization, it uses documentary, narrative and experimental film technique to drive a scant storyline based around a young woman photographer. Any excuse for a plot, however, is used solely as a vehicle for ideas, as the film is dominated by a panel of 14 physicists and professional mystics deployed to pontificate the limits of human consciousness, the nature of God, and our infinite potential to create our realty. It's not a family movie, to say the least. At its best, it flirts with the sort of intellectual calisthenics that'll make your brain spasm; at its worst, the movie often winds up feeling exactly like what it is: a pedagogical artifice. What The Bleep Do We Know is easier to dismiss than it is to even remotely understand -- and this might not be such a bad idea. -- John Dicker

Kimball's Twin Peak

Wimbledon (PG-13)
A fading tennis player loses his ambition and drops to 157th on the pro circuit. A budding relationship with a young player on the women's circuit helps him recapture his focus. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Without a Paddle (PG-13)
Three guys take a canoe upriver into Oregon's wilderness, where everything that can go wrong does. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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