At the theaters 3/16/07

Friday, March 16, 2007

New at the theaters

'Dead Silence'

Starring Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta and Bob Gunton. A young widowed husband reluctantly returns to his sleepy hometown to attend his wife's funeral. While there, the grieving groom investigates the village's dark past, which includes a murdered ventriloquist whose death has eerie connections to his wife's own premature demise. Rated R for horror violence and images, running time 89 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'I Think I Love My Wife'

Starring Chris Rock, Kerry Washington and Gina Torres. Richard is a happily married husband and father whose wife Brenda is drop-dead gorgeous and ultra-smart. Yet, after several years of marriage, Richard is growing bored with his existence, but doesn't know what to do about it. In steps Nikki, a woman from Richard's past who promises an exciting future, if she can pry the married man from his comfortable suburban home. Written and directed by Rock. Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content, running time 91 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Last King of Scotland'

Starring Gillian Anderson, Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington and Simon McBurney. In the 1970s, a Scottish doctor becomes the personal physician of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Once he realizes Amin's insanity and viciousness, he's appalled that he's abetting the tyrant. Rated R for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language, running time 123 minutes (Town Plaza Cinema)

'The Last Mimzy'

Starring Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neill, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Gilmore and Joely Richardson. A box of toys from the future gives a couple of kids amazing superpowers, which they use to terrorize their parents and teachers as well as to do good deeds. But mostly to terrorize. Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and language, running time 98 minutes. Sneak Preview Sunday. (Town Plaza Cinema)


Starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long and Amber Valletta. A woman's life is peachy -- hot husband, cute kids, big house. Then her husband dies in a car crash -- but not really. She thinks that his death was a premonition, and now she must run around all manic-like to try to prevent the seemingly inevitable. Rated PG-13 for some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language, running time 97 minutes. (Cape West Cine)



Starring Gerard Butler, Vincent Regan, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Michael Fassbender and Rodrigo Santoro. During the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army in an effort to inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy. Rated R for graphic battle sequences, some sexuality and nudity, running time 117 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Amazing Grace'

Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai and Rufus Sewell. William Wilberforce was the real-life 18th-century member of Parliament who attempted to end the British empire's role in the slave trade. At the age of 21, Wilberforce was elected to the House of Commons and took on all the elder statesmen to bring about real justice in the world. Rated PG for thematic material involving slavery and some mild language, running time 118 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Astronaut Farmer'

Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Richard Edson and Tim Blake Nelson. After a family tragedy ends Charles Farmer's (Billy Bob Thornton) promising aerospace career, he does the next best thing -- spending several decades building his own rocket in his barn. But when it comes time to lift off, the authorities try to stop this "hillbilly" from launching himself into space. Rated PG for thematic material, peril and language, running time 105 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Kathleen Quinlan, Gary Cole, Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert. Eric O'Neill's dream of becoming a big-time agent in the FBI is finally coming true; hes been promoted to work with renowned operative Robert Hanssen. But O'Neill soon realizes that hes supposed to spy on Hanssen -- a suspected traitor within the organization. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language, running time 115 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Bridge to Terabithia'

Starring Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick. Jess Aarons is an 11-year-old boy aiming to be the fastest runner in his grade, until the new girl, Leslie Burke, shows up and proves that she can run faster than all the boys. Despite their athletic rivalry, the two become friends and share their vast imaginations with each other, ultimately creating the world of Terabithia, a magic kingdom hidden deep in the woods, where they must battle the Dark Master. Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language, running time 96 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Ghost Rider'

Starring Nicolas Cage, Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Peter Fonda and Donal Logue. The story is based on the Marvel character Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman who becomes the host of a "spirit of vengeance" in exchange for the safety of his true love. At night hes transformed into a fiery demon with superpowers who chases bad guys. Rated PG-13 for horror, violence and disturbing images, running time 115 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Music and Lyrics'

Starring Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Brad Garrett and Kristen Johnston. A singer whose career has slid into oblivion has his lack of success rubbed in his face when he's asked to write a hit song for a teen pop princess. Stuck on composing music for somebody else, the distraught vocalist enlists the lyric-writing help of a goofy young lady. Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, running time 96 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Night at the Museum'

Starring Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke and Robin Williams. Larry Daley accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift security guard at a museum of natural history. During Larry's watch, extraordinary things begin to occur: Mayans, Roman gladiators and cowboys emerge from their diorama to wage epic battles; in his quest for fire, a caveman burns down his own display. Amid the chaos, the only person Larry can turn to for advice is a wax figure of President Teddy Roosevelt. Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor, running time 108 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton and Cuba Gooding Jr. Eddie Murphy stars as both a nebbish guy and his overbearing fiance, whom he tries to dump once he meets the girl of his dreams. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some nudity and language, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Number 23'

Starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins and Rhona Mitra. A man becomes fixated on the number 23, and begins to notice that it appears everywhere around him. Rated R for violence, disturbing images, violence and sexuality, running time 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Reno 911: Miami'

Starring Thomas Lennon, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash and Mary Birdsong. Based on the hit Comedy Central series, the usual gang of idiot cops head to Florida for a police convention. After creating their typical chaos on the sunny sands of South Beach, they are called into action after terrorists poison all of the other visiting officers. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use, running time 81 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Ultimate Gift'

Staring Drew Fuller, James Garner, Ali Hillis, Abigail Breslin and Brian Dennehy. Jason (Drew Fuller) has grown up to become a total spoiled brat, relying on handouts from his crotchety grandfather (James Garner). When grandpa finally kicks the bucket, Jason thinks he's hit the jackpot. But built into the old man's will are a series of tasks that Jason must complete before he can inherit any money, and which may finally teach him how to be a man. Based on the book by Jim Stovall. Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language. (Cape West Cine)

'Wild Hogs'

Starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tichina Arnold. Four middle-aged friends decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content and some violence, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Robert Downey, Anthony Edwards, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Bijou Phillips and Mark Ruffalo. Based on the real-life terror that gripped San Francisco in the '70s, several police detectives and newspaper journalists try to uncover the identity of the mysterious Zodiac Killer. Although he sends taunting notes and clues through the mail, he always seems just one step ahead of those looking to stop his killing spree. Rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images, running time 160 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

-- From staff reports

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