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In the sleepy town of Wheelsy, missing pet flyers begin appearing, livestock are found horribly mutilated, and a young woman goes missing. Laying siege to the town is an insidious older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth. Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker.
R for strong horror violence and gore, language/96 min.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
The Ice Age is coming to an end, and the animals are delighting in a melting paradise of water parks, geysers and tar pits. But when Manny and friends discover that a glacial dam is about to break and flood their valley, they must warn everyone and figure out a way to escape the coming deluge. Voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, Drea de Matteo, Queen Latifah.
PG for some mild language/91 min.
A philosophical bank robber, out to stage the perfect heist, leads a group of detectives, lawyers and bank officials through a brilliantly constructed hall-of-mirrors ... where nothing is exactly as it seems. It is the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse, where right and wrong are blurred. Directed by Spike Lee ("25th Hour,&
"Do the Right Thing") Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe.
R for language and some violent images/129 min.
A group of teenagers play a horror survival videogame based on the spine-chilling story of a 17th century noblewoman known as "The Blood Countess.&
Then they're killed one by one in the same method as the characters they played in the game. Will any of them be able to "stay alive"? Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Sophia Bush, Adam Goldberg.
PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug content/85 min.
Academy Award Nominee - Best Actress Felicity Huffman. An uptight male-to-female transsexual, Bree, readying herself for the final &
that will make her womanly transition complete, receives a phone call from New York that her son has been jailed - a son she didn&
t know she had. Her therapist refuses to give her written permission to have the final part of her sex-change operation if she doesn&
t go, so Bree heads east from her California home. Thinking Bree is a Christian missionary, gay hustler son Toby informs her of his intention to become a porn star on the west coast, which brings out plenty of motherly instincts in the worried cross-gender Bree. So the two take a road trip back west, with Bree flailing in her attempts to tell Toby the truths about who she is and what she once was. Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene.
R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use/104 min.
Johnny Depp stars as the scandalously decadent John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. The film follows the Earl&
s adventures in London, from his passionate romance with a young actress to the writing of a scurrilous play that blisteringly and bawdily lampoons the very monarch who commissioned it, Charles II. Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich.
R for strong sexuality including dialogue, violence and language/114 min.
Academy Award nominee - Best Cinematography. An epic adventure set around the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607. Inspired by the legend of Pocahontas and John Smith, a passionate and noble young native woman and an ambitious soldier of fortune torn between the undeniable requirements of their civic duty and the inescapable demands of the human heart. Directed by Terrence Malick (&
Days of Heaven&
Thin Red Line&
). Colin Farrell, Q&
orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, Wes Studi, David Thewlis.
PG-13 for intense battle sequences/135 min.
s Fastest Indian
In New Zealand in the 1960&
s, Burt Munro takes a 1920 Indian motorcycle and, delightfully without resources other than his own obsession, spends his retirement rebuilding the bike to follow his dream to set a land speed record at the Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Cauffiel, Saginaw Grant.
PG-13 for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference/127 min.
Failure to Launch
A 30-something guy meets a great girl, but won&
t move out of his parents&
. Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel.
PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language/96 min.
An assistant DA on the fast track has just been handed the perfect slam dunk case, but he&
s fouled out with his family. When a mysterious bite turns him into a dog, he gets a new perspective on things. Tim Allen, Danny Glover, Kristin Davis, Spencer Breslin, Robert Downey, Jr.
PG for mild, rude humor/99 min.V for Vendetta
In the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, a man cloaked in mystery ignites a revolution and finds an unlikely ally in a seemingly mild mannered young woman.Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Rupert Graves.
R for strong violence and some language/132 min.
s the Man
A girl who lives to play soccer disguises herself as her brother and enrolls in his place at his new boarding school, where she signs up for the boys&
soccer team and falls for her brother&
s friend. Inspired by Shakespeare&
Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Robert Hoffman.
PG, some sexual material/105 min.
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
A rancher is brokenhearted by the discovery of his friend&
s dead body, an illegal Mexican immigrant killed by a Border Control agent, and takes the law into his own hands. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones.
R for language, violence and sexuality/121 min.