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Riverwalk Theatre HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIXDirected by British TV veteran David Yates, “Phoenix” can’t shake an episodic feeling that makes it difficult to develop momentum. Though many of its elements are strong and take advantage of the story’s increasing darkness, the film finally can’t transcend the limitations inherent in being simply a way station in an epic journey, a journey whose cinematic conclusion is several years away. The evil wizard Voldemort is on the loose, but Harry and his friends must first deal with a meddling new professor who is intent on disrupting preparations for the coming battle against evil. (2:28) PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.RATATOUILLEPixar’s latest outing follows a rat (and wannabe chef) into the sewers of Paris, where he lives beneath the five-star restaurant of his cooking hero and secretly teams up with the kitchen garbage boy to turn the world of high cuisine on its ear. With the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm and Peter O’Toole. Screenplay by Brad Bird. Story by Bird, Jim Capobianco and Jan Pinkava. Directed by Bird. G.TRANSFORMERSParadoxically, the problem with this Michael Bay-directed film is not with the much-beloved line of toys it is based on, which do what they’re supposed to in their CGI versions. It’s that at two hours and 23 minutes, the film has way too much plot, and much of that isn’t very good. (2:23) PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, brief sexual humor, and language.I NOW PRONOUNCE YOUCHUCK AND LARRYAdam Sandler and “The King of Queens” Kevin James star as firefighters and best buddies who scheme to reap the benefits afforded to same-sex domestic partners in this comedy. With Jessica Biel. Written by Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Story by Lew Gallo. Directed by Dennis Dugan. PG-13 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references LIVE FREE OR DIE HARDInevitable lapses in plausibility and an inflated two hour and nine minute running time aside, this fourth movie in the Bruce Willis franchise is a slick and effective piece of action entertainment, fast moving with energetic stunt work and nice thriller moves. (2:09) PG-13, for intense sequences of violence and action, language, and a brief sexual situation.Capitol TheatreRATATOUILLETRANSFORMERSHARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIXI NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRYHAIRSPRAYThe film version of the stage musical based on John Waters’ 1988 comedy about dance-crazy teens in early-1960s Baltimore. With John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron and Elijah Kelley. Screenplay by Leslie Dixon. Directed by Adam Shankman. PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking.


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