At the theaters 2/24/06

Friday, February 24, 2006

New at the theaters

'Doogal'

Starring the voices of Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and William H. Macy. In this "Lord of the Rings"-style quest, a timid dog and his merry band of adventurers must find three legendary stones that, if united, will enable their possessor to rule the world. But the evil wizard Zeebad wants the stones, too. Rated G, running time 81 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Madea's Family Reunion'

Starring Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe and Henry Simmons. Picking up where "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" left off, this Tyler Perry dramedy follows Madea as she is ordered by the court to take legal custody of Nikki, a rebellious runaway. Meanwhile, her nieces, Lisa and Vanessa, are suffering relationship trouble, and through it all she has to organize her family reunion. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, domestic violence, sex and drug references, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Matchpoint'

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode and Brian Cox. An out-of-work tennis pro named Chris meets a wealthy upper-class Brit, Tom, and marries his sister, Chloe. But soon Chris finds that he's impossibly drawn to Tom's American ex-fiancˇe, Nola, which puts his marriage, friendship and financial standing at risk. Rated R for some sexuality, running time 124 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Running Scared'

Starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri and Johnny Messner. A low-level gangster has the task of getting rid of the guns used in mob killings, which he's been doing by storing them in his basement for some reason. When the friend of his 10-year-old son steals one of the pistols and uses it to kill his violent stepdad, all hell breaks loose, as the mob flunky has to recover the gun before it falls into the cops' hands. Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence and language, sexuality and drug content, running time 119 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

Still in theaters

'Annapolis'

Starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster. When Jake, a blue-collar teen, gets accepted into the prestigious Naval Academy at Annapolis, he finds that there are plenty of battles ahead. Barely making it as a plebe, Jake decides to prove his mettle by entering the Navy boxing competition known as the Brigade Championships. Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and language, running time 108 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Brokeback Mountain'

Starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Randy Quaid. In 1963 Wyoming and Texas, a rodeo cowboy named Jack and a ranch hand called Enis take a summer job tending a flock of sheep on forest-service land. The entirely unexpected outcome: a torrid affair between the two men. Later in their lives, they go their separate ways and find wives, but the memory of that summer refuses to fade. Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence, running time 134 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Chronicles of Narnia'

Starring Tilda Swinton, Rupert Everett and Dawn French. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are separated from their parents in London during the German air raids of World War II. They are sent to the country for safety and find a magic wardrobe that transports them to the mystical world of Narnia. Rated PG for battle sequences and frightening, running time 132 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Curious George'

Starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore and David Cross. The Man in the Yellow Hat accidentally transplants a curious young monkey, George, from the jungle to the big city. Once there, George sets off on all sorts of misadventures. Rated G, running time 88 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Date Movie'

Starring Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Eddie Griffin, Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge. Julia Jones has finally met the guy of her dreams, Brit Grant Funckyerdoder. But before they can have their big fat Greek wedding they have to meet the parents, deal with a wedding planner and confront a woman who wants to stop her best friend's wedding. Rated Rated PG-13 for continuous crude and sexual humor, including language, running time 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Eight Below'

Starring Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood and Wendy Crewson. A trio of scientist explorers must leave behind their beloved team of sled dogs after a sudden accident that strands them in extreme Antarctic weather. But one man can't let his dog team face certain death, so he turns back to rescue them. The film is inspired by the events of a 1957 Japanese expedition to the Antarctic. Rated PG for some peril and brief mild language, running time 120 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Final Destination 3'

Starring Ryan Merriman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Texas Battle. A high-school senior has a premonition in which she dies in a roller coaster accident along with three of her friends. She uses her knowledge of the future event to cheat death but the Grim Reaper isn't happy about that and comes to seek his revenge. Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and some nudity, running time 92 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Firewall'

Starring Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany and Virginia Madsen. The wife and family of a man working as the head of security for a multinational bank are kidnapped. To get them back, he has to circumvent his own security system to steal $37 million from the bank as ransom, after which he has to catch the kidnapper to clear his name from the predictable embezzlement accusations. Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Freedomland'

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard and William Forsythe. A disheveled woman staggers into a New Jersey police station and tells a detective that a black man stole her car, and her child was in the back seat. The detective launches a search for the boy, while a reporter begins to wonder if the woman is hiding something. Rated R for language and some violent content, running time 113 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Fun with Dick and Jane'

Starring Jim Carrey, Tˇa Leoni and Angie Harmon. After losing their high-paying jobs, Jane and Dick Harper turn to crime to keep up their standard of living. Rated PG-13 for brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references, running time 90 minutes. Starts Wednesday. (Cape West Cine)

'Glory Road'

Starring Josh Lucas, Derek Luke and Austin Nichols. This basketball drama is based on the true story of college coach Don Haskins (Lucas), who led his Texas Western team, which featured five African-American starters, to victory over an all-white Kentucky squad in the 1966 NCAA championship, making them the first such team to clinch the title. Rated PG for racial issues including violence and epithets, and mild language, running time 109 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Hoodwinked'

Starring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close and Jim Belush. This animated movie is "Little Red Riding Hood" in reverse: Chief Grizzly and Detective Bill Stork investigate a break-in at Granny's house. The prime suspect: Red herself! Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements, running time 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Nanny McPhee'

Starring Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury. The widowed Mr. Brown and his seven misbehaving children, led by eldest, Simon, have scared away 17 previous nannies. Brown fears that the latest, Nanny McPhee, is going to be another name on that unfortunate list. But soon the children notice that their usual shenanigans don't work on the new nanny. In fact, they lead to serious consequences. Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language, running time 99 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The New World'

Starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and August Schellenberg. In 1607, a crew of English explorers sponsored by the Virginia Company lands in North America. On board is John Smith (Farrell), a rebellious man sentenced to hang. As soon as they drop anchor, the crew discovers that the land is inhabited by a complex empire of native tribes, ruled by the chieftain Powhatan. Rated PG-13 for some intense battle sequences, running time 135 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Pink Panther'

Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Beyoncˇ Knowles. A famous soccer celeb is murdered and his ring stolen, a ring set with the Pink Panther diamond. Chief Inspector Dreyfus assigns the case to Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a man with a penchant for bumbling his way to success, and Gendarme Gilbert Ponton, a stuffy Frenchman. Along for the ride: International pop superstar Xania. Rated PG for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language, running time 93 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Underworld: Evolution'

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman and Bill Nighy. Vampire Selene and hybrid Lycan Michael must find the oldest immortal member of the vampire clan to explain the death of Viktor before the vampires and Lycans clash with each other. Rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, some sexuality/nudity and language, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'When a Stranger Calls'

Starring Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty and Tommy Flanagan. A teenage baby sitter (Bell) gets a phone call from a mysterious stranger, asking, "Have you checked the children lately?" Eventually the police realize the call is coming from inside the house! Rated PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language, running time 87 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

-- From staff reports

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