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Riverwalk Theatre LUCKY YOUThe cutthroat world of professional poker is the backdrop for “L.A. Confidential” director Curtis Hanson’s film about a slick player (Eric Bana) who’s a whiz at the game but not so good at maintaining personal relationships with his girlfriend (Drew Barrymore) and his father (Robert Duvall). Written by Eric Roth and Hanson. PG-13 for some language and sexual humor.- L.A. Times-Washington PostNews ServiceSPIDER-MAN 3Just when Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has a grip on the whole superhero thing, it all falls to pieces as his suit mysteriously turns black, giving him enhanced powers as two new villains, Sandman and Venom, appear on the streets of New York. Also opening in Imax. PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence.- L.A. Times-Washington PostNews ServiceTHE HOAXSharply written by William Wheeler and gracefully directed by Lasse Hallstrom, “The Hoax” is a serious and amusing black farce that does without noticeable heroes or villains, an engaging examination, based on facts but not tethered to them, of how Clifford Irving fooled the world back in 1971 with his bogus Howard Hughes autobiography. Well-acted by a strong cast with Richard Gere giving the richest, most mature performance of his career as the star-crossed Irving. (1:56) R for language.- L.A. Times-Washington PostNews ServiceCapitol TheatreSPIDER-MAN 3Just when Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has a grip on the whole superhero thing, it all falls to pieces as his suit mysteriously turns black, giving him enhanced powers as two new villains, Sandman and Venom, appear on the streets of New York. Also opening in Imax. PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence.- L.A. Times-Washington PostNews ServiceFRACTUREIt’s a battle of wits between an engineer (Anthony Hopkins) found innocent of his wife’s attempted murder and the prosecutor convinced of his guilt (Ryan Gosling). With David Strathairn and Rosamund Pike. Written by Dan Pyne and Glenn Gers. Directed by Gregory Hoblit.- L.A. Times-Washington PostNews ServiceBLADES OF GLORYBased on the number of prominent cameos by figure skating royalty in this pas de deux comedy, the world of toe loops, double axels and triple Lutzes has a pretty good sense of humor about itself. And that’s a good thing because the movie, which stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as rival skaters forced to restart their careers as the first male-male pairs team, leaves no sacred cow or Salchow untipped. “Blades” is a hysterical parody as long as bodies are in motion, nailing the compulsories of a sport ripe for caricature, but it skates on thinner ice outside the rink. Whatever combination of choreography, camera trickery and special effects were required to render the over-the-top, hyper-real skate numbers, they’re executed with wit and ingenuity. (1:33) PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references.- L.A. Times-Washington Post News ServiceMEET THE ROBINSONS A lonely orphan travels to the future, where he meets the odd Robinson family, which needs his help to survive. With the voices of Angela Bassett, Tom Selleck, Harland Williams, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Ethan Sandler and Tom Kenny. Screenplay by Michelle Bochner, based on the book by William Joyce. Directed by Steve Anderson. G.- L.A. Times-Washington Post News ServicePERFECT STRANGERAn investigative reporter (Halle Berry) goes undercover to find out if a top ad executive (Bruce Willis) murdered her friend. With Giovanni Ribisi and Gary Dourdan. Screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, story by Jon Bokenkamp. Directed by James Foley. R, for sexual content, nudity, some disturbing violent images and language. – L.A. Times-Washington PostNews Service


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