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Riverwalk Theatre, Edwards



ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

Don’t call it a comeback. The Chipmunks, those high-frequency crooners of yore, hardly ever went away ” they released music and videos right up through 2004. Now the rambunctious rodents are the latest franchise to get a reboot, bouncing and warbling through multiplexes in “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” a live-action/computer-generated holiday movie aimed straight at kids. And, dang it, the little animated rodents are cute. Not as cute as the uber-rendered daemons of “The Golden Compass,” but they’ll do. (1:31) PG for some mild rude humor.



I AM LEGEND

This film is ostensibly based on Richard Matheson’s much-adapted 1958 science-fiction novel about a last man on Earth living among vampires, but the latest version, written and produced by Akiva Goldsman, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith, has a lot more in common with Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.” In fact, “Legend” is “28 Days” on steroids. Or on Hollywood, which amounts to the same thing. A doomsday scenario wrought by scientists trying to cure cancer (those meddling do-gooders), the movie imagines an apocalypse in the form of a genetically engineered virus that mutates and turns the world’s population into zombies. (1:40) PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS



Nicolas Cage is back as freewheeling fortune hunter Benjamin Gates as a resurfaced page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth sets him on a globe-trotting adventure in this sequel to the 2004 hit. With Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris and Helen Mirren. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team for the sixth time in an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical about a murderous London barber. R for graphic bloody violence.

CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR

Tom Hanks leads an all-star cast in this fact-based drama, written by “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin and directed by Mike Nichols, about one Texas congressman’s efforts to turn the tide against the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. With Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Ned Beatty. Based on the book by George Crile.

Capitol Theatre, Eagle

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS

I AM LEGEND

P.S. I LOVE YOU

A young widow gets some unexpected assistance in coping with her husband’s untimely death. With Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Gina Gershon and Lisa Kudrow. Written by Richard LaGravenese and Steven Rogers, based upon the novel by Cecelia Ahern. Directed by LaGravenese. PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity.

WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY

John C. Reilly plays a legendary singer-songwriter with a roller-coaster career in this mock-musical bio-pic. With Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Jake Kasdan. R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

With this intense, nihilistic thriller, the Coen brothers drop the mask. They’ve put violence on screen before, lots of it, but not like this. Not anything like this. The story of stolen drug money and the horrific carnage it precipitates, “No Country for Old Men” doesn’t celebrate or smile at violence, it despairs of it, despairs of its randomness, pervasiveness and inescapability, of the way it eats at the soul of society and the individuals in it. It’s all topped off by superb performances by Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and the star of the show, Josh Brolin. (2:02) R for strong graphic violence and some language.


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