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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III IMF leader Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality)R.V. Cast: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines Bob Munro (Williams) and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers. Rated PG (for crude humor, innuendo and language)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III Rated PG-13 THE BREAK-UP”The Break-Up” – The problems here have less to do with the break-up than with the initial hook-up. Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston – who’ve hooked up in real life, for those of you who haven’t gone through a grocery-store checkout line lately – each have more than enough presence and comic timing to sustain the movie. But together their characters are so vastly different, it’s hard to believe they’d be compatible long enough to sustain a two-year relationship and share a Chicago condo. He’s an infinitely fun guy (the protracted riffs from Vaughn, who shares a story-by credit, are some of the film’s strongest parts) but he’s also incorrigibly selfish with his nonstop “SportsCenter” and video games. Meanwhile, she comes off as a shrill nag: a sophisticated art gallery manager who’s constantly trying to drag him to the ballet. So when they break up, which happens pretty early in this self-professed “anti-romantic comedy,” it doesn’t seem tragic. And their subsequent attempts to drive one other from the condo play like an anemic version of the much meaner “War of the Roses.” Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Davis and longtime Vaughn pal Jon Favreau give stand-out supporting performances, though. Rated PG-13 (for sexual material/humor and language)- Christy Lemire, AP Movie CriticX-MEN: THE LAST STAND The nuance and complexity of character that made the first two “X-Men” movies more compelling than the typically mindless summer blockbuster are gone in this third and allegedly final installment in the comic-inspired franchise. Instead, you get flying, flaming cars and a totally naked Rebecca Romijn. You could call this The Brett Ratner Effect. Everyone’s fears came true about what would happen when the director of the buddy-comedy “Rush Hour” movies took over the “X-Men” series from Bryan Singer, who has moved on to this summer’s hotly awaited “Superman Returns.” Ratner seems more concerned with spectacle than substance, offering a film that’s shorter than its predecessors yet crammed with more characters and more subplots, all of which come and go as quickly as Wolverine flashes and retracts his metal claws. But everyone involved with this film purports it to be the meatiest and most relevant of the trilogy, with its premise that scientists have developed a cure for mutancy, and all the social and political implications that follow. It’s all very high concept, but Ratner merely skims the surface. Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin and Patrick Stewart are among the returning stars. Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language)- Christy Lemire, AP Movie CriticOVER THE HEDGE Voices: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carrell, William Shatner, Eugene Levy Review: The irony! The latest star-studded, computer-animated, talking-animal extravaganza is an indictment of the same sort of suburban overconsumption that the film encourages through its marketing. The cheeky family comedy, from the people behind “Antz” and “Chicken Run,” wags its finger at all of us humans for buying more food then we need – fast food, junk food, food we have delivered because we’re too lazy to leave the comfort of our cookie-cutter houses and drive to the grocery store in our gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, which, like the ever-growing encroachment of suburbia, are contributing to the destruction of the very environment the cuddly “Over the Hedge” creatures call home. We have too much stuff, the film is trying to say, and we continue to acquire more stuff. And yet, off-screen, “Over the Hedge” simultaneously embraces a number of companies that provide such stuff and are helping promote the film through advertising, including Wal-Mart and Wendy’s. Rated PG (for some rude humor and mild comic action)- Christy Lemire, AP Movie CriticTHE DA VINCI CODE Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina; directed by Ron Howard A murder in the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years — which could shake the foundations of Christianity. Rated PG-13 (for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content)


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