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click to enlarge Jack McElhone (right) and Gerard Butler star as a boy and - his fake dad in Dear Frankie.
  • Jack McElhone (right) and Gerard Butler star as a boy and his fake dad in Dear Frankie.

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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Boogeyman (PG-13)
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Coach Carter (PG-13)
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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

Guess Who (PG-13)
Bernie Mac plays the sarcastic father of a woman who wants to marry a white boy, 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 wealthiest client. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

Hostage (R)

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

Meet the Fockers (PG-13)
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Melinda and Melinda (PG-13)
Why does every new Woody Allen movie feel like a cocktail party you'd rather avoid than attend? Allen's insistence on dissecting the same social milieu -- urban yuppies -- again and again, limits the audience's ability to empathize with any of his whiny, clever, fashionable, angst-ridden characters. In his newest outing, admittedly better than his films of the past few years, at least a clever dramatic device is present. A bunch of writers sitting around a dinner table, including puckish Wallace Shawn, deliberate on whether life is essentially comic or tragic. They take one story -- the sudden appearance of a woman in crisis, Melinda, at a dinner party -- and project it both ways. In the comic treatment, Will Farrell plays the nebbish Allen-stand-in, an out of work actor who falls for Melinda (Radha Mitchell), though he's already married to a smart, successful woman (Amanda Peet). In the tragic treatment, Melinda crashes the dinner party of an unhappily married couple, a piano teacher and her surly actor husband, played by Chloe Sevigny and Jonny Lee Miller. Allen the puppetmaster is reminding us that what we see onscreen is nothing more than the projection of the director/writer's imagination, a fine idea for a film. But the execution is deadly dull, only slightly entertaining during the comic sequences. -- Kathryn Eastburn

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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

Kimball's Twin Peak

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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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)
Chapel Hills 15, Picture Show

Pooh's Heffalump Movie (G)
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Racing Stripes (PG)
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The Ring Two (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

*Sahara (PG-13)
People who take the problems of Africa very seriously will either puke or die laughing when they see this movie, a big-budget slice of American beefcake motoring up the Niger River into the desert. Two parts action flick and one part Peace Corps-style quirky humor, Sahara is one of the most entertaining cross-border comedy adventures since Spies Like Us. Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn play a pair of treasure hunters searching for a Civil War-era ironclad ship they believe to have ended up in Africa. Penelope Cruz plays a doctor from the World Health Organization on the trail of a new plague that threatens to become an epidemic. Penelope and the boys join forces as they dodge gunships up the Niger River and camel-riding assassins in the desert. Shot in Morocco and Spain (doubling for Mali and Nigeria respectively), Sahara is pure fun international buffoonery, American style. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, 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)
The Upside of Anger, a gothic comedy set in suburban Detroit, provides sweet and sour pleasures. Joan Allen plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a rich mother of four Boticelli-faced daughters whose life begins to disintegrate when her husband disappears. Terry takes refuge in endless rounds of vodka tonic as her anger simmers, while her daughters watch in smirking disbelief. Kevin Costner is perfectly typecast as a beer-bellied former jock who kills time smoking weed, drinking six-packs and intervenes into the Wolfmeyer family life. Fans of American Beauty will find a lot to like with this movie, including one ridiculous scene of magical realism. But this film is far more realistic than Beauty, and in some ways more satisfying. -- Dan Wilcock

Cinemark 16

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