Movie Picks 

click to enlarge Hilary Swank stars as Maggie in Million Dollar - Baby.
  • Hilary Swank stars as Maggie in Million Dollar Baby.

Are We There Yet? (PG)
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Be Cool (PG-13)
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Beauty Shop (PG-13)
Queen Latifah stars as a hairstylist who opens a beauty shop full of women who are more interested in speaking their minds than getting their hair cut. Also starring Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari and Kevin Bacon. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Because of Winn-Dixie (PG)
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Coach Carter (PG-13)
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Constantine (R)

Fever Pitch (PG-13)
Jimmy Fallon plays a die-hard Red Sox fan who falls in love with Drew Barrymore's hard-working businesswoman character. As the Sox's season picks up, they struggle to make their relationship work. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (NR)
Cinemark 16 IMAX

*Finding Neverland (PG)
A whimsical, warmhearted and heart-wrenching film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, that builds to a moving climax like a teakettle over a flame. A film set apart from Hollywood's standard sex-and-violence fare for adults, it's a story about never growing up, and never giving up on a place called Neverland. Starring Johnny Depp as Barrie; co-starring Kate Winslet. -- Dan Wilcock

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Guess Who (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays the sarcastic father of a woman who wants to marry a white man, played by Ashton Kutcher. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hide and Seek (R)
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Hitch (PG-13)
Will Smith stars in this lukewarm romantic comedy as a love doctor, available for hire to help insecure guys go after the girls of their dreams. Smith can't avoid being charming, and he lopes through this low-key film with good-natured grace that comes apart only in the presence of love interest Sara, played by the sultry Eva Mendes. The film's best moments belong to Kevin James of TV's King of Queens, as a nervous accountant in pursuit of Allegra (Amber Valleta), his firm's richest client. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hostage (R)
Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Hotel Rwanda (PG-13)
In 1994, Rwanda became a slaughterhouse when conflict erupted between two ethnic populations, the then-ruling Hutus and the once dominant Tutsis. Hotel Rwanda focuses on one of the most heartening true stories to emerge from Rwanda that year. Don Cheadle (Traffic) shines as Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu married to a Tutsi and manager of the Mille Collines, an elegant European hotel in Kigali. Paul emerges as the film's hero, sheltering 1,268 refugees in the hotel and using his wits to fend off Hutu killers. -- Dan Wilcock

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click to enlarge The Pianist starring Adrian Brody at All Souls - Unitarian - Universalist Church.
  • The Pianist starring Adrian Brody at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Ice Princess (G)
Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Meet the Fockers (PG-13)
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The Merchant of Venice (R)
Directed by Michael Radford, this Shakespearian adaptation stars Al Pacino as Jewish money-lender Shylock and Jeremy Irons as a Christian merchant who borrows money and agrees to give Shylock one pound of flesh if he does not repay. -- Not reviewed

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Million Dollar Baby (PG-13)
Adapted for the screen by Paul Haggis, Million Dollar Baby employs the usual boxing clichs, but with a twist -- a 31-year-old woman, Maggie (Hilary Swank), works out at the Hit Pit, a seedy California gym, and is determined that the gym's owner Frankie (Clint Eastwood) will train her and make her a contender for the welterweight championship. Frankie's not keen on the idea of training a "girly," but Scrap (Morgan Freeman), his loyal sidekick, greases the ropes, easing Maggie into Frankie's good graces and into the ring. The scenes in which Maggie trains and then embarks on a knockout sweep, traveling from fight to fight, are sheer pleasure, and both Swank and Eastwood, especially in quiet scenes between their two characters, give great performances. But intrusions of subplot and supporting characters mar the film irreversibly, and a melodramatic plot twist derails it about two-thirds of the way through. -- Kathryn Eastburn


Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (PG-13)
In this sequel, Sandra Bullock stars as Gracie Hart, a police officer who goes undercover in Las Vegas to rescue characters played by William Shatner and Heather Burns. -- Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

National Treasure (PG)
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Off the Map (PG-13)
An 11-year-old girl goes home to New Mexico to live with her father, who is struggling with depression. She learns to come to terms with love and loss with the help of family and friends. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Pacifier (PG)
Family comedy starring Vin Diesel as a Navy S.E.A.L. who fails to protect the government scientist he is assigned to guard. In an effort to redeem himself, he decides to care for the man's children when he finds out they are in danger. -- Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Phantom of the Opera (PG-13)
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Racing Stripes (PG)
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The Ring 2 (PG-13)
A confusing wreck of a film that fails to live up to its predecessor or to the original Japanese series. Radiant Naomi Watts (21 Grams) plays a nervous wreck who cannot escape a mysterious curse transferred by videocassette. After she moves to a soggy Northwest town for solitude, a phantom begins to possess her son. Watts attempts to unravel the curse to save her son, but the jumbled and dreary quest is as bewildering to newcomers as it is boring to those familiar with the Ring concept. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Robots (PG)
Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

*Sin City (R)
Robert Rodriguez (The Faculty) teams up with Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino to direct a TKO of a movie that resonates with Tarantino's awe-inspiring Kill Bill movies. Filmed with state-of-the-art special effects, Sin City is a lush, stylized, dark and gritty film that weaves together three Miller comics with eye-popping results that threaten to addict audiences. Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is an uncompromising honest cop who does eight years of hard time for a crime he didn't commit in order to protect a little girl named Nancy after she's kidnapped by the serial rapist son (Nick Stahl) of the town's corrupt senator (Powers Boothe.) It's a film that lives on in your memory like a fantasy nightmare where real, living people morph into super-action visions of beguiling but elegant brutality.

-- Cole Smithey

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*Upside of Anger (R)
See full review on page 31.

Cinemark 16


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