At the theaters 7/17/07

Friday, August 17, 2007

New at the theaters

'Becoming Jane'

Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell and Maggie Smith. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefroy, a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies. Rated PG for brief nudity and mild language, running time 120 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Invasion'

Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright and Jeremy Northam. The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon a psychiatrist and her friend learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: It attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman. As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror, running time 93 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Last Legion'

Starring Aishwarya Rai, Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley and Thomas Sangster. After the fall of Rome, its last emperor, 12-year-old Romulus Augustus, becomes a prisoner on the island of Capri. With the help of his wise teacher Ambrosinus and his legionnaire Aurelius, Romulus escapes from Capri. He and his men journey to Britannia to find the fabled Dragon Legion, and the beginning of the Arthurian legend is born. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, running time 110 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Superbad'

Starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader and Seth Rogen. High-school seniors Seth and Evan have high hopes for a graduation party: The co-dependent teens plan to score booze and babes so they can finally be part of the in-crowd, but their separation anxiety and two bored police officers complicate the pair's self-proclaimed mission. Rated R for crude and sexual content, language, drinking, drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image, running time 114 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

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'Bourne Ultimatum'

Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles and David Strathairn. Jason Bourne is hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: To go back to the beginning and find out who he was. He must travel from Moscow, Paris, Madrid and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to find the real Jason Bourne, all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of cops, federal officers and Interpol agents with him in their crosshairs. Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, running time 111 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Bratz'

Starring Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish and Logan Browning. Yasmin, Jade, Sasha and Cloe are best friends and fashion mavens. The well-dressed quartet face unexpected challenges to their lifelong bond when they enter Carry Nation High, where senior Meredith Baxter Dimly rules the school's social cliques with an iron fist. As peer pressure threatens to divide the girls forever, they must band together and learn the meaning of true empowerment. Rated PG for thematic elements, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Daddy Daycamp'

Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lochlyn Munro, Richard Gant, Tamala Jones and Paul Rae. Chaos reigns when Charlie and Phil, two clueless fathers, take charge of a dilapidated summer camp and its ill-behaved attendees. Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language, running time 93 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'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 for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking, running time 107 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'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)

'Hot Rod'

Starring Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher and Jorma Taccone. Rod Kimble, a self-proclaimed stuntman, grew up believing he's the son of Evel Knievel's test-rider, a courageous stuntman who died in his prime. Rod is committed to fulfilling his father's legacy. Rod lives at home with his loving mom Marie, jerk of a stepfather Frank and nerdy stepbrother Kevin. He doesn't have a job and can usually be found doing stunts on his mo-ped, attempting to jump over everything from milk trucks to public swimming pools. When his stepfather gets sick and needs a $50,000 operation, Rod attempts to raise the money by undertaking his biggest stunt ever: jumping 15 buses, one more than Evel Knievel himself ever dared. Rated PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content, running time 88 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'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 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references, running time 110 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)

'No Reservations'

Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin. Master chef Kate Armstrong lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery -- with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her 9-year-old niece Zoe, while contending with a brash new sous chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer couldn't be more different from Kate, but the chemistry between them is undeniable. Rivalry becomes romance, but Kate will have to learn to express herself beyond the realm of her kitchen if she wants to connect with Zoe and find true happiness with Nick. Rated PG for some sensuality and language, running time 105 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. Rated G, running time 110 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Rush Hour 3'

Starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Max von Sydow. In Paris, chief inspector Lee and detective James Carter encounter the Chinese Triad crew. The unlikely cop duo continue their unique brand of crime-fighting and high-kicking comedy. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence, sexual content, nudity and language, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Simpsons Movie'

Starring the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria. Homer Simpson must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created. A vengeful mob descends on the Simpson household. The family makes a narrow escape, but is soon divided by both location and conflict. As the fates of Springfield and the world hang in the balance, Homer embarks on a personal odyssey of redemption -- seeking forgiveness from Marge, the reunion of his splintered family and the salvation of his hometown. Rated PG-13 for irreverent humor throughout, running time 87 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Stardust'

Starring Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. To win the heart of Victoria, a beautiful but cold object of his desire, a young man named Tristan ventures into the realm of fairies to retrieve a fallen star. What Tristan finds, however, is not a chunk of space rock, but a striking girl named Yvaine. However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king's four sons need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch Lamia, who needs the star to achieve eternal beauty. Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and some risque humor, running time 128 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'Transformers'

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel. 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)

'Underdog'

Starring Jason Lee, Peter Dink-lage and John Slattery. After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister, an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebred. When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad threatens to destroy Capitol City, only Underdog can save the day. Rated PG for rude humor, mild language and action, running time 84 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

-- From staff reports

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