At the theaters 7/20/07

Friday, July 20, 2007

New at the theaters

'Hairspray'

Starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her status as a new teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show. Rated PG language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking, running time 107 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'

Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel. Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are firefighters and true-blue buddies. When Larry, a widower, learns he cannot name his children as beneficiaries on his life insurance policy, he needs a big favor from Chuck: Sign on as Larry's domestic partner. The pals unexpectedly become front-page news and must carry the masquerade to extremes when an overzealous bureaucrat becomes suspicious of their true relationship. Rated PG-13 crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references, running time 110 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

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'1408'

Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack and Tony Shalhoub. Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of best sellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. He checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." Defying the warnings of the hotel manager, the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language, running time 94 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Captivity'

Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies and Pruitt Taylor Vince. A serial killer torments a fashion model and a chauffeur while holding them captive in a small room. While the madman terrorizes them, the victims draw strength from each other and fall in love. Rated R strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, grisly images, language and some sexual material, running time 98 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Evan Almighty'

Starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham and John Goodman. Newscaster Evan Baxter leaves Buffalo, N.Y., behind when he wins a seat in Congress. Moving his wife and family to northern Virginia, he seems to have it made. Then God throws a crisis of biblical proportions at his feet: The Lord wants him to build an ark and line up all the animals two-by-two in preparation for a flood. Rated PG for mild rude humor and some peril, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Gary Oldman. Harry Potter returns for his fifth year at Hogwarts and discovers much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with Lord Voldemort. Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints Professor Dolores Umbridge to the infamous position of Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, seemingly leaving the young witches and wizards to fend for themselves. Harry takes matters into his own hands and secretly forms a group of students, the self-proclaimed "Dumbledore's Army," prepping them for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images, running time 138 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Knocked Up'

Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl and Paul Rudd. Rising journalist Allison Scott hits a serious bump in the road after a one-night stand with an irresponsible slacker results in pregnancy. Rather than raise the baby on her own, she decides to give him a chance to prove he is father material. Rated R for sexual content, drug use and language, running time 122 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'License to Wed'

Starring Mandy Moore, John Krasinski and Robin Williams. Ben Murphy and his fiancee, Sadie Jones, have always dreamed of getting married in a traditional wedding at the family church. The problem is St. Augustine's only has one wedding slot available in the next two years, and its charismatic pastor, Rev. Frank, won't bless Ben and Sadie's union until they pass his patented, foolproof marriage-prep course. Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and language, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Live Free or Die Hard'

Starring Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Timothy Olyphant and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. An attack on the vulnerable United States computer infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the shattering scheme has figured out every digital angle -- but he never figured on an old-fashioned "analog" fly in the ointment: John McClane. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation, running time 130 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'

Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann join forces with Capt. Barbossa to free Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' locker. Meanwhile, the crew of The Flying Dutchman ghost ship wreak havoc on the Seven Seas. The friends must navigate through dangerous waters to confront infamous Chinese pirate Sao Feng. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images, running time 165 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Ratatouille'

Starring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, Peter Sohn, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett and Peter O'Toole. Remy is a little rat with big dreams of becoming a world-class chef. So he makes a home under a fancy Parisian restaurant and forms an unlikely bond with a lowly garbage boy, Linguini, that will take them both to new, unimagined culinary heights, if Remy doesn't get caught by the real chefs first. Rated G, running time 110 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Shrek the Third'

Starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Julie Andrews. When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next king. But when Shrek's father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly dies, that is exactly what he faces. Unless Shrek (with the help of his trusted companions Donkey and Puss In Boots) can find a suitable king for Far Far Away, the ogre could be stuck with the job. Rated PG for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action, running times 95 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Sicko'

Filmmaker Michael Moore diagnoses the malady afflicting America's health-care system. Rated PG-13 brief strong language, running time 120 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Transformers'

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight. This is a live-action version of the popular cartoon series, which finds the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons landing on planet Earth and fighting for the Allspark, their most valued power source. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor and language, running time 145 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

-- From staff reports

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