At the theaters 11/4/05
Friday, November 4, 2005
New at the theaters
Starring the voices of Zach Braff, Joan Cusack and Garry Marshall. When an acorn falls to the ground, a young chicken thinks the sky is falling and causes widespread panic by spreading the inaccurate news to the rest of his animal friends. Later, after his reputation is ruined, the chicken is clobbered by a real piece of the sky as it falls to Earth. Rated G, running time 81 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)
'Good Night and Good Luck'
Starring David Strathairn, George Clooney and Robert Downey Jr. In the early days of broadcast journalism, TV newsman Edward R. Murrow takes on Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Murrow and his staff defy corporate pressure and bring to light the shady tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his search for communists. What results is a public feud and a backlash against McCarthy that cements Murrow's place in journalism history. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language, running time 93 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard. Anthony Swofford, a third-generation enlistee in the Marines, goes from boot camp to active duty in the first Gulf War. As an elite sniper under the command of a hardcore sergeant, Swofford and his fellow soldiers face nearly intolerable heat, an expansive desert, an enemy they often can't see and a growing disillusionment over why they were sent to Iraq in the first place. Rated R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content, running time 115 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Still in theaters
Starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener and Paul Rudd. Unlike most 40-year-old men, retail clerk Andy Stitzer hasn't ever had sex. But then Andy meets Trish, a 40-year-old single mother of three. Andy's buddies think "it" may finally happen, until they learn that Andy and Trish's relationship is based on a firm "no sex" policy. Rated R for pervasive sexual content, language and some drug use; running time 116 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring the voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson. In this Tim Burton animated film, Victor, a villager in a small 19th-century European town, is taken to the underworld to marry a corpse bride. Surprisingly, the afterlife isn't that disagreeable, and it's a lot more exciting than his strict Victorian society. Rated PG for some scary images and action, and brief mild language, running time 75 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike. At a remote research facility on Mars, a team of scientists cracks the genetic code. But when communication fails, the place gets a Level 5 quarantine, and the only people allowed in to investigate are the Marines of the Rapid Response Tactical Squad. They discover an open portal to hell which has unleashed a slew of demons. Rated R for strong violence/gore and language, running time 104 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)
Starring Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson. Ben Crane was once a great horseman, but now he trains the horses of rich businessmen. Sonya was a great horse whose career was suddenly cut short by a broken leg. Her owner, Ben's boss, gives Sonya to Ben as severance pay. Ben's young daughter, Cale, convinces him to pursue a seemingly impossible goal: winning the Breeders' Cup Classic. Rated PG for brief mild language, running time 98 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon. After costing his company millions of dollars, Drew Baylor travels back to his Kentucky hometown for his father's funeral. Along the way, he meets Claire, a flight attendant who becomes very assertive in her quest to hook up with Drew. Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references, running time 123 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)
Starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair. The ghosts of shipwrecked sailors are back for revenge, traveling in the form of an eerie fog. That's bad news for the residents of a small town. Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Erika Christensen. Airplane designer Kyle Pratt takes her daughter, Julia, on board a state-of-the-art 474 aircraft to fly from Berlin to New York. In the middle of the nonstop flight, Julia seemingly disappears without a trace. Kyle begins to panic when the crew claim the girl never boarded the plane at takeoff. Rated PG-13 for violence and some intense plot material, running time 92 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood and Chenoa Maxwell. A rap mogul named Summer G has everything he could ever want, with one exception: the love of his life, who's now married to a philandering Wall Street tycoon. He risks it all just to get her back. Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief violence, running time 96 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
'Just Like Heaven'
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo and Donal Logue. An architect living in San Francisco falls in love with a female spirit he's found in his closet. The woman whose ghost he's wooing has been in a coma at a local hospital for the past six months, and unless he can intervene, her body will be taken off life support. Rated PG-13 for some sexual content; running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
'Legend of Zorro'
Starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Giovanna Zacar'as. It's 1850, and after fighting to help California become the 31st state, Zorro has promised his wife, Elena, that he'll give up his secret identity. But he has second thoughts when an old villain threatens to unleash a threat that's been years in the making. Rated PG for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments, running time 129 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg and Uma Thurman. Rafi, a 37-year-old divorced New Yorker, meets and quickly falls for a 23-year-old painter from Brooklyn. But when her therapist discovers that her son is actually the guy dating Rafi, she finds it increasingly difficult to serve as her therapist. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and for language, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Franky G. and Glenn Plummer. Serial killer Jigsaw is back, only this time instead of locking up two people in a room, he's got eight victims. They're all complete strangers and must play a disturbing game to determine who, if anyone, survives. Rated R for grisly violence and gore, terror, language and drug content, running time 92 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
'Wallace and Gromit'
Starring the voices of Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham-Carter and Ralph Fiennes. Wallace and Gromit are in business, running a humane pest control company to protect their town's vegetables from pesky rabbits when a mysterious beast starts destroying vegetable gardens. Lady Tottington calls on the duo to save the day. Rated G, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
Starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis. Dave Spritz, a TV weatherman in Chicago, gets his big chance: a spot on a popular morning show in New York City. While his career takes off, he finds that his relationship with his ex-wife and his children founders. Before long, he's in the middle of a painful divorce. He then turns to his father, a successful novelist, for advice on how to get his life in order. Rated R for strong language and sexual content, running time 102 minutes. (Cape West Cine)
-- From staff reports