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* The Amityville Horror (R)
This is a movie that will make you grit your teeth and clutch your date's arm until the final frame -- the best standard for judging horror films.

A remake of the 1979 classic, Horror follows the story of the Lutz family, who moves into a waterfront mansion on Long Island. Little does the family know that three years earlier a young man had murdered his family in the same house in a fit of psychotic rage. But the learning curve is steep in the haunted house, as it takes only 28 days for mild-mannered George Lutz to transform himself into the same kind of rampaging demon. This movie has most of the hallmarks of the genre, including a wicked curse lurking in the basement and a mini-skirt-wearing stoner babysitter who is predictably slain. While this is a far from perfect movie, with several cheesy strobe-light littered scenes of pandemonium, mediocre acting and screenplay, the same could be said of most horror films. Leave it up to Dimension, the company that makes blockbusters based on old comic books and action themes, to bring back this warhorse and do it well. -- Dan Wilcock

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Carmike 16, Tinseltown

Are We There Yet? (PG)
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The Aviator (PG-13)
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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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Dear Frankie (PG-13)
See full review on page 31.

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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

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

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

*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

Man of the House (PG-13)
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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

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)
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Pooh's Heffalump Movie (G)
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Racing Stripes (PG)
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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

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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