At the theaters 3/17/06

Friday, March 17, 2006

New at the theaters

'She's the Man'

Starring Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum and Laura Ramsey. To matriculate at a fancy boarding school, Viola Johnson disguises herself as her twin brother, Sebastian. She thought he'd be gone from school while trying to break into London's music scene. Meanwhile, Viola, disguised as a guy, falls for Sebastian's roommate, Duke, who's got the hots for Olivia. Unfortunately, Olivia is in love with Sebastian. Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'V for Vendetta'

Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea. Based on Alan Moore's graphic novel, the story is set in the futuristic fascist nation of Great Britain; a terrorist called V violently rebels against the restrictive government with the help of a woman named Evey whose life he has saved. Rated R for strong violence and some language, running time 132 minutes minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'World's Fastest Indian'

Cast Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Cauffiel and Saginaw Grant. New Zealander Burt Munro modifies his 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle and travels to Utah for the Bonneville Salt Flats race, where, in 1962, he sets a world land-speed record, topping 178 mph. Rated PG-13 for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference, running time 127 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

Still in theaters

'16 Blocks'

Starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def and David Morse. A New York detective is assigned to escort a petty criminal from the precinct to the courthouse. But the 16-block journey becomes challenging when one of his old partners tries to stop them. Rated PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action and some strong language, running time 105 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Aquamarine'

Starring Emma Roberts, Joanna 'Jo Jo' Levesque and Sara Paxton. After a freak storm, a sassy mermaid finds herself in a pool with two teenage girls. After they become friends, the mermaid falls for a hunky lifeguard and enlists the girls to help her win his heart. Rated PG for mild language and sensuality, running time 109 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)

'Date Movie'

Starring Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell and Eddie Griffin. 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 and Bruce Greenwood. 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)

'Failure to Launch'

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Justin Bartha. A slacker dude in his 30s is lured into finally leaving home when his parents hire a hottie to pose as the girl of his dreams and lure him out of the house. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language, running time 96 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)

'The Hills Have Eyes'

Starring Aaron Stanford, Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan. A young man and his family travel to the desert to investigate a silver mine they've inherited only to discover that the surrounding area is inhabited by a clan of lunatics. Torture, imprisonment and bloodshed ensue. Rated R for strong gruesome violence and terror throughout, and for language, running time 105 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'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)

'Madea's Family Reunion'

Starring Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood and Lynn Whitfield. 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)

'The Shaggy Dog'

Starring Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn and Robert Downey Jr. This remake of the 1959 flick tells the story of a lawyer who occasionally transforms into, well, a large, shaggy sheepdog. Needless to say, the spontaneous changes don't help his legal career, but they do help him learn how to be a better family man. Rated PG for mild and rude humor, running time 99 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Ultraviolet'

Starring Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright and Nick Chinlund. Ninety years in the future, a genetic, blood-borne disease is rampant among humans, giving them intense speed and superintelligence. As the government tries to stop her fellow infected, she has one final, lethal task to perform. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language, running time 85 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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