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‘27 Dresses’ (PG-13) N/A
Jane is idealistic, romantic and completely selfless, a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. But when younger sister Tess captures the heart of Jane's boss — with whom she is secretly in love — Jane begins to re-examine her "always-a-bridesmaid" lifestyle. Starring Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns and Melora Hardin. Language, some innuendo and sexuality. Not reviewed.
‘Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (R) N/A
The iconic monsters from the two film franchises wage a brutal battle in an unsuspecting Colorado town. Starring Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Gina Holden, David Hornsby and Johnny Lewis. Violence, gore and language. Not reviewed.
‘Alvin & the Chipmunks’ (PG) HH
The story of how the Chipmunks become rock stars and almost get burned out on the rock circuit. Jason Lee stars as Dave Seville, who accidentally brings them home and is soon shouting "Alvin!" at the top of his lungs. David Cross is the rock promoter who wants them to lip-synch their concerts, and Alvin is the one with the big "A" on his red sweater. I admit I am not a fan of those squeaky little voices. If you are, you’ll have a whole different experience. Some mild rude humor.
‘Atonement’ (R) HHHH
An event on the lawn of an English country house is misinterpreted by a 13-year-old girl and leads her to a wicked lie that destroys all possibility of happiness for herself, her older sister (Keira Knightley) and her sister’s lover (James McAvoy). Begins in sheer happiness, ventures through the horror of the war in France and London, ends in darkest irony. One of the year’s best films, a certain best picture nominee. Disturbing war images, language and some sexuality.
‘The Bucket List’ (PG-13) H
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play geezers who Meet Cute in a hospital room, where they’re both given a year to live. Freeman keeps a list of things he means to do before kicking the bucket, and Nicholson, a billionaire, gleefully insists they use his private jet to circle the globe, see the pyramids, the Himalayas, the Taj Mahal, etc. (none of which are on Freeman’s list). The premise is absurd, and the excecution is painful. Language, including a sexual reference.
‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ (R) HHH
Based on a true story. Tom Hanks as a hard- drinking Texas congressman who, at the urging of a Houston socialite (Julia Roberts), uses his congressional subcommittee to arrange a secret $1 billion arms deal between Israel and Afghan freedom fighters, with Pakistan as the intermediary. That results in the defeat of the Russians, and the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Philip Seymour Hoffman is droll and funny as a rogue CIA man who becomes Charlie’s partner in deception. A smart, funny, wicked political comedy by Mike Nichols, written by Aaron ("West Wing") Sorkin. Strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.
‘Enchanted’ (PG) HHH
Amy Adams, Oscar-nominated for "Junebug," is effortlessly charming as Giselle, a young girl from a fairy-tale world who is transported to modern New York City by a jealous queen (Susan Sarandon). The film starts as animation, then becomes live action but still plays by fantasy rules, in a winning musical romance also starring Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Timothy Spall. Some scary images and mild innuendo.
‘First Sunday’ (PG-13) N/A
Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son, unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumbles their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch. Starring Ice Cube, Regina Hall, P.J. Byrne, Katt Williams and Malinda Williams. Language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references. Not reviewed.
‘The Golden Compass’ (PG-13) HHHH
A darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the Potter films, offering more complex villains and posing more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, superb. As an escapist fantasy, challenging. With gifted newcomer Dakota Blue Richards, a 12-year-old who won the role in competition with 10,000 others. Also starring Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Sam Elliott. Sequences of fantasy violence.
‘The Great Debaters’ (PG-13) HHHH
An affirming and inspiring film, retelling the story of a remarkable team and their coach. Little Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, in the heart of the Jim Crow 1930s South, fielded a debate team coached by Melvin Tolson (Denzel Washington) that won the national championship. But there’s much more to the story than just their victory; the film, directed by Washington, portrays the racist society against which they endured and prevailed. One of the year’s best. Depiction of strong thematic material including violence and disturbing images, and language and brief sexuality.
‘I Am Legend’ (PG-13) HHH
Will Smith is the last healthy man on Manhattan, maybe on Earth, as a virus mutates humans into zombies. Kept company by his loyal dog, he is a scientist trying to find a cure for the plague, while barricaded inside a town house. Two more survivors turn up, played by Alice Braga and young Charlie Tahan; can he protect them? Awesome special effects of an abandoned Manhattan, dicey special effects of unconvincing zombies; works, despite raising lots of questions. Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
‘In the Name of the King’ (PG-13) N/A
An unspeakably evil army rampages across what was an idyllic, peaceful world, destroying everything in its path, looking to conquer the mighty Castle Ebb and vanquish the King himself. Starring Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys Davies, Matthew Lillard and Kristanna Loken. Intense battle sequence. Not reviewed.
Very smart, very funny and then very touching; it begins with the pacing of a screwball comedy and ends as a portrait of characters we have come to love. Ellen Page in an Oscar- worthy performance as a pregnant 16-year-old who decides to keep the child. With J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney wonderful as her parents, older and wiser than most parents in teenage comedies. And Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as the would-be adoptive parents, and Michael Cera, shyly winning as Juno’s boyfriend. Screenplay by Diablo Cody, directed by Jason Reitman; the best movie of 2007. Mature thematic material, sexual content and language.
‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ (PG) HH
Without a doubt the most absurd and fevered plot since "National Treasure" (2004). What do I mean by fevered? What would you say if I told you that Mount Rushmore was carved only in order to erase landmarks pointing to a fabled City of Gold built inside the mountain? Starring Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Harvey Keitel and Justin Bartha, who were all but one in the first adventure, but never once mention it. I’d just about forgotten it, too. Some violence and action.
‘No Country for Old Men’ (R) HHHH
Regards a completely evil man with wonderment, as if astonished that such a merciless creature could exist. He is Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), who travels Texas and kills people with a cattle stun gun. He is one strand in a plot involving a drug deal gone bad. Another is a sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) and a third is a hunter (Josh Brolin), a poor man who comes across $2 million in drug money. A masterpiece directed and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. As good as their "Fargo," which is saying something. Strong graphic violence and some language.
‘One Missed Call’ N/A
Beth Raymond is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two friends just days apart. Even more disturbing, she knows that both of them had received chilling cell phone messages. Starring Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye. Intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material and thematic elements. Not reviewed.
‘The Orphanage’ (R) HHH1⁄2
Raised as a girl in an orphanage, Laura (Belen Rueda) returns as an adult to buy it and run it as a hospital for needful children. Married with a young son, she begins to have disturbing ideas and visions, and her son sees ghosts, or maybe they’re not ghosts. A superior psychological thriller by Juan Antonio Bayona, produced by Guillermo del Toro ("Pan’s Labyrinth") and depending not on shock but on a sense of mounting dread. Some disturbing content.
‘P.S. I Love You’ (PG-13) N/A
A grieving young widow discovers that her late husband has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 messages, delivered anonymously, intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life. Starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gina Gershon. Sexual references and brief nudity. Not reviewed.
‘Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie’ (G) N/A
Working at the 'Pieces of Ate' Dinner Theater is less than exciting when you're a busboy. For three moping misfits — Elliot, Sedgewick and George (Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape) — all they dream of is the day when they can ditch their dish rags and take stage to star in the big pirate show. Not reviewed.
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (R) HHHH
Tim Burton’s macabre, blood-soaked, brilliant film version of Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter do their own singing, and very effectively, too, as the cut-throat barber and the landlady he supplies with fresh meat for her pies. With Alan Rickman as a vile judge and Timothy Spall as his flunky. A dark look at London poverty and desperation, filmed with bizarre intensity. Graphic bloody violence.
‘The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep’ (PG) HHH1⁄2
An enchanting family film, set in wartime Scotland, where a 12-year-old finds an egg that hatches into an amphibian that grows so large it has to be moved to the nearest large body of water, which is, you guessed it, Loch Ness. Based on a book by the author of "Babe," made by the director of "My Dog Skip," starring Alex Etel, star of "Millions" -- and lives up to this heritage. Some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking.
All reviews by Roger Ebert unless otherwise noted.