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click to enlarge Gael Garcia Berna in The Motorcycle Diaries.
  • Gael Garcia Berna in The Motorcycle Diaries.

Alaska (NR)
Cinemark IMAX

*The Bourne Supremacy (PG-13)
The true star of The Bourne Supremacy is director Paul Greengrass, whose fight-scene cinematography is riveting. This sequel is not quite as personally involving as its predecessor, but equally as thrilling and easily one of the best films of summer '04. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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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

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*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 government 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

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The Forgotten (PG-13)
After losing her son, a grieving mother visits a shrink who tells her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. She sets out to prove her son's existence and her sanity. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Friday Night Lights (PG-13)
Director Peter Berg's scrappy adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's 1990 book about the cult of high school football in a dying West Texas town. Billy Bob Thornton's acting range is remarkable, and in Friday Night Lights he has reached for a piece of humanity he hasn't yet depicted on film. Carrying the film alongside Thornton is the fine young actor Lucas Black as the Odessa Permian High School Panthers' worried quarterback; Derek Luke as brash, cocksure Boobie Miles, the team's star running back until he blows out his knee; and country music singer Tim McGraw as an abusive, alcoholic father in a screen debut that's surprising in its intensity and authenticity. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Garfield the Movie (PG)
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The Grudge
See full review p. 35.

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
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I Heart Huckabees
See full review p. 37.

Kimball's Twin Peak

I, Robot (PG-13)
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Ladder 49 (PG-13)
Responding to the worst blaze in his career, firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes trapped inside a 20-story building and reflects on his life while his mentor, Chief Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), frantically coordinates the effort to save him. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Motorcycle Diaries (R)
The Motorcycle Diaries recounts the true story of an 8,000-mile journey up the spine of South America undertaken by a young Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his best friend, Alberto, in 1952. Director Walter Salles strikes the perfect balance between irreverent romp and heartfelt epic as the two young men take to the open road. For all its humor, skirt chasing and tall tales, the trip offers Guevara and his friend a sobering dose of self-discovery. Easily one of the year's best films, with terrific performances by both Gael Garca Bernal (Guevara) and Rodrigo De la Serna (Alberto). -- Dan Wilcock

Kimball's Twin Peak

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. 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

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 IMAX

The Passion of the Christ (R)
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Raise Your Voice (PG)
A small town girl (Hilary Duff) spends a summer at a performing arts school in Los Angeles, encountering big city circumstances and romance that challenge her small town upbringing. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

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

Shall We Dance? (PG-13)
A romantic comedy in which a bored, overworked accountant, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. Starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Shark Tale (PG)
This under-sea Mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the story of a bottom-feeder named Oscar (Will Smith), who finds himself blamed for the death of the mob boss shark's son. -- Not reviewed

Cinemark IMAX, Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Shrek 2 (PG)
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*Sky Captain and the World

of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures, Sky Captain plays like a kid movie wrapped in the skin of an experimental art film. But don't be fooled, it's still pure summer blockbuster bliss -- weird, wild, stylistically original and unabashedly fun. Sky Captain opens in 1939 New York City with a dirigible flight, a frightened scientist and two mysterious vials. But before we get to the bottom of things, there are giant robots marching through Manhattan on an unknown mission. Sky Captain clips along at a brisk pace, taking our heroes from New York to Nepal to the middle of the ocean while still keeping the story simple and the action beats regular. -- Scott Renshaw

Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)
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Surviving Christmas (PG-13)
A rich but lonely executive (Ben Afflect) rents a family to act as his own for the holidays in order to re-live his happier childhood years. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Taxi (PG-13)
A mouthy cab driver (Queen Latifah) has hot tips for a green cop (Jimmy Fallon) set on solving a string of bank robberies. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Tinseltown, Cinemark 16

Team America: World Police (R)
Inspired by the '60s TV series Thunderbirds, Team America is Trey Parker and Matt Stone's latest offensive slandering of various races, cultures, nationalities, celebrities and mainstream American values -- a film guaranteed to make you laugh and feel guilty for doing so. In many ways this is a parody of the James Bond/Austin Powers archetypal international espionage flicks, performed by foul-mouthed puppets and backed by an absurd mock-country soundtrack. Vomit, exploding heads, blood, puppet-sex and more use of the 'F' word than the annual offerings of gangsta rap. Not for the weak stomached or politically conservative. Terrible and brilliant in the same breath. Guarantee, you'll walk away singing, "America, f___ yeah!" -- Matthew Schniper

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

The Terminal (PG-13)
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The Village (PG-13)
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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 storyline based around a young woman photographer. 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 reality. 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. -- John Dicker

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Woman Thou Art Loosed
An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronicling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty. -- Not Reviewed



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