At the theaters 3/31/06

Friday, March 31, 2006

New at the theaters

'Ice Age: The Meltdown'

Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Lear. Manny the wooly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-tooth tiger and silly squirrel Skrat find themselves at the end of the ice age, and everyone is happy that the deep freeze is over. That is until they learn a huge glacial dam is about to break, which will flood their entire valley. The only chance for survival: get the heck outta there, and fast! To do so, they enlist the help of a mammoth named Ellie. Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Basic Instinct 2'

Starring Sharon Stone, David Morrissey and Charlotte Rampling. After moving to London from San Francisco, novelist Catherine Trammell (Stone) is again the main suspect in a murder case, this time the death of a top tennis star. Dr. Michael Glass (Morrissey) is assigned to the case by a Scotland Yard detective but before long he finds himself in a torrid affair with the alleged murderess. Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content, running time 114 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Nathan Fillion, Gregg Henry and Michael Rooker. In the small town of Wheelsy, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Fillion) becomes suspicious when animals and livestock go missing. When the town's richest man, Grant Grant (Rooker) begins acting strangely, Pardy knows something is seriously wrong. An investigation by his team reveals that an ancient organism, in the form of disgusting little worms, has been infiltrating the community by burrowing into people's brains, which turns them into flesh-hungry lunatics. Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and language, running time 96 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Take the Lead'

Starring Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown and Alfre Woodard. Pierre Dulane (Banderas), a one-time professional ballroom dancer, decides to teach at a public school in New York City. His hip-hop-obsessed students don't dig his stiff ballroom style, so he develops a new hybrid dance with their help. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence, running time 108 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Tip "T.I." Harris, Lauren London and Evan Rossi. For these youths growing up in working-class Atlanta, only two things matter: Hip-hop and hangin' at the local skating rink, Jellybeans. The film is loosely based on the life of TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. Rated PG-13 for drug content, some language, sexual material and violence, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Inside Man'

Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Tough cop, Detective Frazier matches wits with clever bank robber Dalton as a dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds. Unexpectedly, Madaline, a power broker with a hidden agenda, emerges to inject even more instability into an already volatile situation. Rated R for language and some violent images, running time 129 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Larry the Cable Guy'

Starring Larry the Cable Guy, Iris Bahr and Bruce Bruce. Larry the Cable Guy plays a health inspector assigned to greasy-spoon joints along with his rookie partner. But they hit the big time when they get their latest case: a string of mysterious food poisonings in the city's swankiest restaurants. Larry's strange methods get him fired. The only way to get his gig back is to find the conspirators and bring them to justice. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language, running time 89 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Stay Alive'

Starring Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong and Frankie Muniz. After their buddy is killed, a crew of teenage gamers finds Stay Alive, a cutting-edge survival game based on a 17th-century woman called the Blood Countess. The game's not even on the market yet, but the children can't resist playing it. Soon they realize that when someone in the game dies, they die the exact same way in real life. Rated Rated PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content, running time 86 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)



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)

'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)


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)


Starring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close and Jim Belushi. 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)

'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)

'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. 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. Rated R for strong violence and some language, running time 132 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'When a Stranger Calls'

Starring Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty and Tommy Flanagan. A teenage baby sitter 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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