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Thursday, November 29, 2007

New at theaters


Starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin. While undergoing surgery, a young man suffers "anesthetic awareness." He becomes fully alert -- but paralyzed -- and therefore cannot warn his doctors about his condition. Meanwhile, his wife wrestles with demons of her own while her husband suffers through his ordeal. Rated R for language, an intense disturbing situation and brief drug use, running time 78 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)


Starring Eduardo Verastegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, Angelica Aragon and Jaime Tirelli. A chef leaves his post at a busy Manhattan restaurant to show a fired waitress around town. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief disturbing images, running time 100 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'No Country for Old Men'

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and Kelly MacDonald. Llewelyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the truck. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law -- namely aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell -- can contain. Moss tries to evade his pursuers, in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives, as the crime drama broadens. Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language, running time 122 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'St. Olaf Christmas Festival'

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a service of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections, is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States and will be simulcast at 3 p.m. Sunday for one show only. (Town Plaza Cinema)

Still showing

'American Gangster'

Starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Josh Brolin. Frank Lucas earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlems leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to rise up as one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts senses a change in organized crime's power structure, and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice. Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality, running time 157 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'August Rush'

Starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard and Robin Williams. Twelve years ago, Lyla Novacek, a young cellist, and Louis Connelly, an Irish singer-songwriter, were drawn together. Months later Lyla was led to believe she had lost their unborn child in a car accident. Their orphaned son uses his musical talent as a clue to find his birth parents. Rated PG some thematic elements, mild violence and language, running time 114 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Bee Movie'

Starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick and John Goodman. Barry B. Benson is a graduate bee fresh out of college who is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a rare trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans are mass consumers of honey and decides to sue the human race for stealing bees honey. Rated PG for mild suggestive humor, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring the voices of Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover and Angelina Jolie. The Old English epic poem chronicles the exploits of Beowulf, a hero who saves the Danes from the monster Grendel and later, Grendel's mother. Rated PG for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity, running time 113 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Dan in Real Life'

Starring Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook. Dan Ashburn is a devoted single father and renowned advice columnist. When his entire extended family gets together for a reunion in a beach-front house, he unexpectedly meets Beth, the woman of his dreams she just happens to be his brother Lowell's girlfriend. Rated PG-13 for some innuendo, running time 94 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon and Timothy Spall. A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairy-tale princess from the past who is thrust into the present by an evil queen. Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo. (Cape West Cine)

'Fred Claus'

Starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins, Miranda Richardson and Rachel Weisz. Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brothers large shadow. He could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas, who was just a perfect Saint. Fred's dirty dealings have landed him in jail. Over Mrs. Clauss objections, Nicholas agrees to bail his big brother out on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and work off his debt making toys. The trouble is that Fred isn't exactly elf material and, with Christmas fast approaching, this one bad seed could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year. Has Fred finally pushed his little brother to the brink? This time, what Fred may have stolen is Christmas itself, and it is going to take more than Rudolph to set things right. Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor, running time 116 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'The Game Plan'

Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut, Roselyn Sanchez and Madison Pettis. Quarterback Joe Kingman is known as one of the toughest players to ever take the field. But his dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers Peyton, the daughter he never knew existed, on his doorstep. Now, just as his career is soaring, Joe must learn to juggle his old lifestyle of parties, practices and dates with supermodels while tackling the new challenges of ballet, bedtime stories and baby dolls -- all without fumbling. Rated PG for some mild thematic elements, running time 110 minutes. (Cape West Cine)


Starring Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Robert Knepper, Ulrich Thomsen and Henry Ian Cusick. Agent 47 has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire. The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity, running time 100 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Lions for Lambs'

Starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Pena and Derek Luke. Two determined students at a West Coast University follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, the professor is both moved and distraught. As the two fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. Rated R for some war violence and language, running time 90 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Love in the Time of Cholera'

Starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo and Liev Schreiber. A young man loses the woman he loves to a wealthier suitor and spends the next 50 years building his life and reputation so he might have her. Rated R for sexual content/nudity and brief language, running time 138 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'The Mist'

Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones. Following a violent thunderstorm, artist David Drayton and a small town come under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick and unnatural mist. Rated R for violence, terror and gore and language, running time 127 minutes. (Cape West Cine)

'Mr. Magorium's

Wonder Emporium'

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman. Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. Rated G, running time 93 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

'This Christmas'

Starring Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Idris Elba, Mekhi Phifer and Columbus Short. This year, Christmas with the Whitfield's promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family. Rated PG-13 for comic sexual content and some violence, running time 117 minutes. (Town Plaza Cinema)

-- From staff reports

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