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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

A documentary on Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

When I said I was going to a press screening of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a friend said, “Al Gore talking about the environment! Bor…ing!” This is not a boring film. The director, Davis Guggenheim, uses words, images and Gore’s concise litany of facts to build a film that is fascinating and relentless. In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film … (4 stars) — Roger Ebert Rated PG (for mild thematic elements)

CLERKS II

The sequel to writer/director Kevin Smith’s 1994 Sundance favorite, “Clerks II” continues the intersecting stories of the laterally mobile Dante and Randall and their career slacker shadows Jay and Silent Bob as they face their 30s and the responsibilities and consequences of adulthood. Rated R (for pervasive sexual and crude content including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material)

MONSTER HOUSE

Voices: Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard

Executive producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg present “Monster House,” an exciting and hilarious thrill-ride tale about three kids who must do battle with a mysterious house that threatens anyone who crosses its path. Rated PG (for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language)

SNAKES ON A PLANE

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson plays an FBI agent who is escorting a witness on a flight from Hawaii to Los angeles when a crime lord releases hundreds of deadly snakes on the ariplane in order to eliminate the witness. The FBI agent, his witness, frightened crew and passengers must band together in a desperate attempt to survive. Rated R (for language, a scene of sexuality and drug use, and intense sequences of terror and violence)

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” tells the story of NASCAR racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell), whose “win at all costs” approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner and childhood friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo sho thrill their fans by finishing most races in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions ” with Cal always in second place. When a flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), challenges him for supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing’s top driver. Rated PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence)

MIAMI VICE

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell; directed by Michael Mann

Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) is urbane and dead smart. He lives with Bronx-born intel analyst Truddy (Naomie Harris), as they work undercover transporting drug loads into South Florida to identify a group responsible for three murders. Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) is charismatic and flirtatious until ” while undercover working with the supplier for the South Florida group ” he gets romantically entangled with Isabella (Gong Li), the Chinese-Cuban wife of an arms and drug trafficker. The intensity of this case pushes Crockett and Tubbs out onto the edge where cop and player become one ” especially for Crockett in his romance with Isabella and for Tubbs in the provocation of an assault on those he loves. “Miami Vice” liberates what is adult, dangerous and alluring about working deeply undercover … specially when Crockett and Tubbs go where their badges don’t count. Rated R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content)

THE ANT BULLY

Voices: Nicholas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Lily Tomlin

“The Ant Bully” tells a witty and heartwarming story of a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world, Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life, and ultimately find the courage to stand up himself. Rated PG (for some mild rude humor and action)

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci

Meryl Streep stars as high-powered fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly. Anne Hathaway plays Miranda’s assistant ” a small-town girl trying to survive her impossibly demanding new boss. Rated PG-13 (for some sensuality)

YOU, ME AND DUPREE

Cast: Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas

Carl and Molly Peterson are just starting their newlywed life together. There’s just one unfortunate hitch in their perfectly constructed new world ” Randy Dupree, Carl’s oldest friend and perpetual bachelor, has found himself with nowhere to go after being fired. Carl invites him to temporarily crash on the couch. At first, Carl is quite pleased to have his buddy as a permanent couch guest, while Molly bears the brunt of Dupree’s immature antics. But, as Carl becomes buried in his grown-up job, he finds it harder and harder to juggle Dupree and his responsibilities as a husband. To make matters worse, Dupree uses his ample spare time to become a great companion for Molly. Even her dad and the neighbors are falling for his carefree wisdom and charm, frustrating Carl to no end. Soon, everyone (but Carl) begins to root for Dupree to stick around. But as Dupree starts to become a fixture in the Peterson’s home, three becomes not just a crowd … but a full-blown, hilarious catastrophe. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, brief nudity, crude humor, language and a drug reference)

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

Cast: Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Virginia Madsen, Maya Rudolph, Lindsay Lohan; directed by Robert Altman

Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin star as the Johnson Sisters, Yolanda and Rhonda, a country duet act that has survived the country-fair circuit, and Lindsay Lohan plays Meryl’s daughter, Lola, who gets her big chance to sing on the show and then forgets the words. Kevin Kline is Guy Noir, a private eye down on his luck who works as a backstage doorkeeper, and Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly are Dusty and Lefty, the Old Trailhands, a singing cowboy act. Add Virginia Madsen as an angel and Tommy Lee Jones as the Axeman and Maya Rudolph as a pregnant stagehand and Keillor in the role of hangdog emcee, and you have a playful story set on a rainy Saturday night in St. Paul, Minn., where fans file into the Fitzgerald Theater to see “A Prairie Home Companion,” a staple of radio station WLT, not knowing that WLT has been sold to a Texas conglomerate and that tonight’s show will be the last. Rated PG-13 (for risque humor)

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY Rated PG-13

ACCEPTED

Cast: Justin Long, Lewis Black

High school senior Bartleby “B” Gaines (Justin Long) is on his way to scoring eight out of eight rejection letters from colleges ” which isn’t going to go over big with Mom and Dad. At least he’s not alone in the exclusion. Several of his crew of outcast friends are in the same, college-less boat. So how does a guy facing a bleak career please his parents and get noticed by dream girl Monica (Blake Lively)? Simple. Open his own university. B and his band of misfit freshmen take “liberal” arts literally when they fool their parents and peers and create the esteemed South Harmon Insitute of Technology. With his future in the balance, it’s going to take more than just sleight of hand to keep B out of jail as he strives to get the girl, impress his parents and just become … accepted. Rated PG-13 (for language, sexual material and drug content)

BARNYARD

Voices: Courteney Cox Arquette, Sam Elliot, Danny Glover, Kevin James, Andie MacDowell, Wanda Sykes

“Barnyard” is a lighthearted tale centering around Otis (Kevin James), a carefree party cow, who enjoys singing, dancing and playing tricks on humans. Unlike his father Ben (Sam Elliot), the respected patriarch of the farm, and Miles, the wise old mule (Danny Glover), Otis is unconcerned about keeping the animals’ human-like talents a secret. But when suddenly put in the position of responsibility, the “udderly” irresponsible cow finds the courage to be a leader. Rated PG (for some mild peril and rude humor)

ZOOM

Cast: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase

In the comedy “Zoom,” Tim Allen plays Jack, formerly Captain Zoom, an out-of-shape former superhero who has lost his powers. Jack is reluctantly called back into action to turn a ragtag group of kids into a new generation of superheroes and save the world from certain destruction. Rated PG( for brief rude humor, language and mild action)


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