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January
January 2

Snakes on a Plane [2006] [R] - 8.9.6
Samuel L. Jackson stars as an FBI agent, who's escorting a government witness on a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles so he can testify against a crime boss. When the mobsters smuggle hundreds of snakes on the plane in order to make it crash over the Pacific, the passengers must fight for their lives. Also with Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Julianna Margulies and Flex Alexander. Directed by David R. Ellis. [1:45]

The Covenant [2006] [PG-13] - 5.6.4
Four young men attending an elite academy are all that remains of the witches of the 17th century Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts. Awaiting their awakening at 18 years of age, when their supernatural powers will become full, they are aware of one catch: each time they use their powers, they will also age. When another young man moves to town they suspect that they might not be the only witches in Ipswich and they are tempted to use their powers, despite the repercussions. With Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch and Toby Hemingway. Directed by Renny Harlin. [1:37]

January 9

The Illusionist [2006] [PG-13] - 5.6.0
Edward Norton stars as a magician performing in Vienna with great success, during the final years of the 19th century. When the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell) attends one of his performances, his fiancée (Jessica Biel) joins the magician onstage as a volunteer, and she and the magician realize that they've known each other from their childhood. Swept up in a rekindled love affair that if discovered may lead to their doom, the magician's ability to create illusions may be the only thing that will save them. Also with Paul Giamatti, and Eddie Marsan. Directed by Neil Burger. [1:50]

Crank [2006] [R] - 9.8.10
Jason Statham stars as a professional assassin who's injected with a drug that will kill him, unless he is able to maintain a level of adrenaline flow through his body for one hour. To do this, he storms the city looking for the man who is responsible. Also with Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Jay Xcala. Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. [1:27]

The Night Listener [2006] [R] - 6.3.7
Psychological thriller with Robin Williams starring as a famous author and radio show host, who receives the manuscript of a book written by a boy that was used as the subject of pornographic videos by his parents. When he also gets a call from the boy, he becomes suspicious about the boy's true identity and tries to track him down. Also with Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Rory Culkin and Joe Morton. Directed by Patrick Stettner. [1:31]

January 16

The Gridiron Gang [2006] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
Reportedly based on true events, about detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson), who decided to try to instill self-respect and a sense of personal responsibility to a group of young and dangerous inmates by bringing them together as a high school level football team. The challenge is complicated by resistance from the camp authorities. Also with L. Scott Caldwell, Xzibit , Kevin Dunn and Leon Rippy. Directed by Phil Joanou. [2:00]

Employee of the Month [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5
A man (Dane Cook) working at the local discount warehouse store becomes inspired to compete for the "Employee of the Month" award when a new cashier (Jessica Simpson) joins the staff. He eventually realizes that there is more to doing a good job than just the reward of a gold star. Also with Dax Shepard, Efren Ramirez and Harland Williams. Directed by Greg Coolidge. [1:43]

January 23

Saw III [2006] [R] - 6.10.8
The third installment in the gory torture series continues by inventing more grisly ways to dispatch victims, as well as new ways the victims can do gruesome damage to themselves. The plot concerns the criminal mastermind Jigsaw having apparently disappeared and recruiting a new apprentice. With Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Bahar Soomekh, Angus MacFadyen and Dina Meyer. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. [1:47]

The Guardian [2006] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
A legendary, aging Coast Guard rescue swimmer (Kevin Costner) is injured, both physically and emotionally during a rescue -- his crew, including his partner and best friend, were all killed -- and he becomes an instructor at a training facility. His teaching methods are unorthodox and rankle a young, brash swim champ (Ashton Kutcher). Also with Neal McDonough, Melissa Sagemiller and Clancy Brown. Directed by Andrew Davis. [2:16]

Jesus Camp [2006] [PG-13] - 1.2.0
Documentary that focuses on an evangelical Christian summer camp, "Kids in Ministry International" (KIMI), where activities include speaking in tongues, and children are taught that "science doesn't prove anything," and that they are members of an Army of God that will fight to end abortion. With Becky Fischer and Mike Papantonio. Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady. [1:25]

January 30

Open Season [2006] [PG] - 1.4.2
Animated 3-D feature about a domesticated grizzly bear that's happily lived all its life in a garage. When it saves a one-horned mule deer from a hunter, they become reluctant friends, and end up together in the woods during hunting season. It's up to them to fend for themselves, as well as save all the other forest animals from determined hunters. With the voices of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly, Paul Westerberg, Gary Sinise, Jon Favreau and Patrick Warburton. Directed by Jill Culton, Roger Allers & Anthony F. Stacchi. [1:39]

Flyboys [2006] [PG-13] - 3.7.2
Inspired by true stories, about the beginning of aerial warfare during WWI: By 1917 France and England are losing the war against Germany and altruistic young Americans volunteer to fight for the French. Some join the nascent air force and engage in deadly dogfights. With James Franco, Jean Reno, David Ellison, Martin Henderson and Jennifer Decker. Directed by Tony Bill. [2:14]

Catch A Fire [2006] [PG-13] - 4.7.5
Tim Robbins stars as a South African anti-terrorism agent, prior to the abolition of Apartheid, when torture and murder were accepted practices in the name of weeding out the threat of an underground revolutionary movement. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant, he is determined to pin the act on an employee (Derek Luke) of the plant who cannot satisfactorily explain his whereabouts for that evening. Also with, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu and Terry Pheto. Directed by Phillip Noyce. [1:42]

February
February 6

Flags of Our Fathers [2006] [R] - 2.8.6
Clint Eastwood directs this account of the fierce WWII battle for the island of Iwo Jima, which concentrates on the efforts of one man to uncover the real story about his father's war experience and the famous photograph of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. With Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Jamie Bell and Ben Walker. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [2:11]

The Science of Sleep [2006] [R] - 6.4.5
A man's life is difficult for him to handle, but for his vivid imagination everything he wants is within reach in his dream life. When he's convinced to return to his childhood home where he'll find a boring job waiting for him, he also meets a woman that he cannot seem to make a connection with unless he is dreaming. With Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Jean-Michel Bernard and Emma de Caunes. Directed by Michel Gondry. [1:46]

The Grudge 2 [2006] [PG-13] - 4.7.2
Amber Tamblyn stars in this sequel to the popular horror film about a curse that afflicts anyone who visits a Tokyo house where a woman and her son were brutally murdered by her husband in a fit of jealous rage. Also with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Arielle Kebbel, Teresa Palmer and Jennifer Beals. Directed by Takashi Shimizu. [1:31]

Hollywoodland [2006] [R] - 7.7.6
Fictionalized treatment of the real-life violent death of actor George Reeves, who starred in the popular 1950's TV series "Adventures of Superman." While the LAPD is convinced that Reeves' death by a single gunshot was a suicide, a seedy detective (Adrien Brody) tries to prove that the actor was murdered either by one of his mistresses or a studio chief with mob connections. Also with Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney and Kathleen Robertson. Directed by Allen Coulter. [2:06]

Flicka [2006] [PG] - 3.4.3
A 16-year-old girl (Alison Lohman), whose parents own a quarter horse farm, longs to be back with her horses while suffering through boarding school. But when she returns to the family farm she has to confess to her parents that she has not passed her first year and will have to repeat it. After a heated argument the young woman finds a wild Mustang, that she names Flicka, and insists on taming and caring for it, despite her father's disapproval. Also with Tim McGraw, Ryan Kwanten, Maria Bello and Danny Pino. Directed by Michael Mayer & Rusty Hendrickson. [1:34]

February 13

The Departed [2006] [R] - 7.8.10
Jack Nicholson stars as an Irish mob boss in Boston, who grooms a boy into a star police detective (Matt Damon) by providing him with inside information on criminal activity. At the same time a young undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob. Also with Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farmiga. Directed by Martin Scorsese. [2:29]

Marie Antoinette [2006] [PG-13] - 7.3.2
Kirsten Dunst stars in this historically controversial biopic as the young Austrian woman who was promised to the French king Louis the XVI as a way of cementing the relationship between the two countries. Beautiful but naïve, the new queen becomes the victim of court intrigue and scandal. Eventually, she is stripped of privilege and wealth and beheaded by French revolutionaries. Also with Jason Schwartzman, Asia Argento, Rip Torn and Molly Shannon. Directed by Sofia Coppola. [2:03]

School for Scoundrels [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5
A timid young man (Jon Heder) is anxious to ask his neighbor out on a date but he can't work up the courage. So, he enrolls in a top-secret, confidence-building school, and as the class progresses he eventually asks his neighbor on a date, and she accepts. However, he soon realizes that his teacher (Billy Bob Thornton) at the self-esteem boosting school is also dating the same woman. Also with Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan and Horatio Sanz. Directed by Todd Phillips. [1:41]

The Quiet [2006] [R] - 7.7.7
The godparents of a teenage girl whose own parents have died adopt her, and because she is hearing impaired, everyone confesses their problems to her, assuming that she cannot hear what they are saying. Thus dark secrets about incest and plans for revenge are revealed, destroying the façade of idyllic suburban life. With Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Camilla Belle, Shawn Ashmore and Martin Donovan. Directed by Jamie Babbit. [1:36]

Zoom [2006] [PG] - 2.3.1
Tim Allen stars as Zoom, a superhero whose powers were lost during an over-exposure to gamma rays. However, the same rays empowered his brother, but also made him evil and he ended up killing the rest of their team and disappearing. He is coming back now to find and destroy Zoom -- if a new team of naturally super youngsters can't stop him. Also with Courteney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin and Kate Mara. Directed by Peter Hewitt. [1:23]

February 20

Babel [2006] [R] - 8.7.6
An intricately woven tale of the inadvertent connections between people from around the world whose lives have been affected by one gun. It all starts with a rifle shot in the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, which starts a chain of events linking an American couple, two Moroccan boys, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with the two young children in her charge and a Japanese teen. With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Elle Fanning and Koji Yakusho. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. [2:22]

Flushed Away [2006] [PG] - 1.3.2
Animated feature about a British mouse that's flushed down the toilet of his posh Kensington home and discovers a whole city in the London sewer system, populated mostly by rodents. While trying to return to his pampered existence, he falls in love, discovers the joys of companionship and become a hero. With the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Bill Nighy. Directed by Sam Fell & David Bowers. [1:24]

The Prestige [2006] [PG-13] - 4.7.3
In Victorian-era London magicians are celebrities, lionized and idolized by the public. Two ambitious magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) may have different styles but start out as friends and collaborators, until their biggest trick goes awry. They then become lifelong enemies, and devote themselves to an escalating battle of tricks. Also with Michael Caine, David Bowie and Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:08]

For Your Consideration [2006] [PG-13] - 3.1.5
In this Hollywood parody, a group of has-been actors shoots an independent movie that begins to acquire Oscar nomination buzz, which fills them with hope. However, as celebrity shows start covering the production and award fever infects the filmmakers, the screenwriters become terrified that the film story is being changed to accommodate Hollywood standards. With Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and John Michael Higgins. Directed by Christopher Guest. [1:26]

Man of the Year [2006] [PG-13] - 4.4.5
Robin Williams stars as an irreverent performer who anchors a fake news show, and after becoming fed up with politics as usual decides to run for president. But what seems initially as a funny stunt takes off as a grassroots movement that puts him on the ballot and in the White House.. Also with Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Lewis Black. Directed by Barry Levinson. [1:55]

Crossover [2006] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
The hopes and dreams of two young friends trying to make a place for themselves and find happiness in Detroit are played out: Both are talented basketball players, and while one is determined to become a doctor using a basketball scholarship, the other is less ambitious. With Anthony Mackie, Shelli Boone, Wayne Brady, Alecia Jai Fears and Michael Kimbrew. Directed by Preston Whitmore. [1:35]

February 27

Stranger than Fiction [2006] [PG-13] - 4.5.5
Will Ferrell stars as a painfully organized and lonely IRS auditor whose life changes one day when he begins to hear a woman's voice narrating his every move and every thought. He soon realizes that the voice belongs to an author and his life mirrors that of a character in her latest book. When he realizes that she plans to kill the character off, he becomes desperate to find her and convince her to spare him. Also with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. Directed by Marc Forster. [1:53]

The Return [2006] [PG-13] - 3.6.5
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who has frequent and very scary supernatural visions and finds it difficult to stay in one place for very long. Eventually she travels to Texas, where she grew up but vowed never to return. Also with Kate Beahan, Peter O'Brien, Adam Scott and Sam Shepard. Directed by Asif Kapadia. [1:25]

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny [2006] [R] - 6.5.10
Jack Black and Kyle Gass star as two musicians calling themselves Tenacious D. Down on their luck, they are desperate to win a talent contest and believe that they need to find a guitar pick that will make it impossible for them to lose. Also with J. R. Reed, Fred Armisen and Ned Bellamy. Directed by Liam Lynch. [1:33]

A Good Year [2006] [PG-13] - 5.2.5
Russell Crowe stars as a very successful London-based investment banker whose favorite uncle (Albert Finney) passes away and leaves him his failing vineyard in Provence, France. He makes a trip to assess the property and make arrangements to sell it, but the visit reminds him of the many days he spent there as a boy and when he gets suspended from his job under suspicion of fraud, he decides to settle there. Also with Marion Cotillard, Didier Bourdon and Abbie Cornish. Directed by Ridley Scott. [1:58]

March
March 6

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [2006] [R] - 9.5.6
Satiric mockumentary about Borat Sagdiyev, a character created by Sasha Baron Cohen for his TV program "Da Ali G Show." Cohen also stars as Borat, a fictional Kazakh journalist who travels to the U.S.A. in order to study the American people and culture. Placing himself in real situations, and behaving as an unapologetic bigot, he often elicits anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic responses from many people. Also with Kenneth Davitian, Luenell and Pat Haggerty. Directed by Larry Charles. [1:22]

Fast Food Nation [2006] [R] - 8.7.9
A man (Greg Kinnear) working for a fast food chain is assigned the task of uncovering the truth about why the meat they use is testing so high with fecal content. While investigating he finds untrained illegal immigrants working in the meat packing plant, he meets a rancher (Kris Kristoffersen) who knows what goes on in the plant, and meets the man (Bruce Willis) responsible for the unbeatable deal the plant and the restaurant have struck. Inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestselling nonfiction exposé of fast food companies. Also with Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Claudia Talancon, and Bobby Cannavale. Directed by Richard Linklater. [1:46]

Confetti [2006] [R] - 7.3.5
British mockumentary that follows three couples participating in a bridal magazine competition that will award the winning couple with the title of Most Original Wedding of the Year and a new house. With Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Jimmy Carr, Alison Steadman and Felicity Montagu. Directed by Debbie Isitt. [1:40]

March 13

Casino Royale [2006] [PG-13] - 5.7.4
Daniel Craig takes over as 007, in this prequel to the long-running franchise. James Bond has just been elevated to double-O status, which gives him license to kill. But after he is photographed killing someone, M (Judi Dench) is furious and Bond decides to investigate a banker suspected of ties to international terrorism on his own. Also with Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Martin Campbell. [2:24]

Shortbus [2006] [NR] - 10.4.8
Sexually explicit urban drama that follows the sex lives of seven New York City denizens. Among them is a dominatrix, and a sex therapist who cannot reach an orgasm. With Sook Yin Lee, Lindsay Beamish, Raphael Barker, Jay Brannan and Justin Bond. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. [1:42]

March 20

Blood Diamond [2006] [R] - 5.8.6
Drama taking place in 1990's Sierra Leone, when the African country was ravaged by a brutal civil war: Two very different men, a South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) join in a common quest to find a rare pink diamond. Joined by an idealistic American reporter (Jennifer Connelly) the three have to first survive crossing rebel territory. Also with James Purefoy and Arnold Vosloo. Directed by Edward Zwick. [2:23]

Eragon [2006] [PG] - 1.6.1
Medieval fantasy based on the popular novel: A rebellion rages in a land that was once protected by dragons and their heroic riders and is now ruled by a cruel monarch. When a young man (Edward Speleers) finds the egg of the last dragon, he becomes a dragon rider and must save his people from tyranny. Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou and Sienna Guillory. Directed by Stefan Fangmeier. [1:44]

The Holiday [2006] [PG-13] - 3.3.5
Romantic comedy about two women from opposites sides of the Atlantic, who strike up an online friendship and impulsively decide to swap houses for the holidays, trying to get away from failed relationships. One (Cameron Diaz) leaves her Beverly Hills estate and the other (Kate Winslet) leaves her English country home. Love blossoms again for both in their borrowed homes. Also with Jude Law, Jack Black and Eli Wallach. Directed by Nancy Meyers. [2:18]

Rocky Balboa [2006] [PG] - 1.4.4
Years after his last triumph, and now a widower, former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) runs a successful restaurant and struggles to spend more time with his now adult son. But something nags at him when sports commentators begin to suggest that if he were to box the current heavyweight champ, Rocky might actually win. So, he decides that he has to try and comes out of retirement, challenging the champ to a match. Also with Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Antonio Tarver and Geraldine Hughes. Directed by Sylvester Stallone. [1:42]

The Nativity Story [2006] [PG] - 2.4.0
The story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth: The story follows the two-year period when Mary and Joseph left Nazareth, journeying to Bethlehem to give birth. With Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Ciaran Hinds and Shaun Toub. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Harvey Harrison & Andy Lumsden. [1:41]

March 27

Happy Feet [2006] [PG] - 3.4.1
Shunned by his family and community for being different and "not quite penguin" because while he can tap dance very well he cannot sing at all (a requirement for penguin success) an Emperor Penguin leaves, hoping to uncover the reason for the disappearance of all of the fish and thus be welcomed back as a hero. With the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Directed by George Miller, Judy Morris & Warren Coleman. [1:38]

The Pursuit of Happyness [2006] [PG-13] - 2.3.5
Will Smith stars as a man who struggles to keep the bills paid and the IRS at bay, while helping his young son grow up to be a good person. Tired of their life together, his wife leaves them, while he's also evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When he does land an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son must endure many hardships, including homelessness, while trying to make a new life. Also with Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta and Zuhair Haddad. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. [1:57]

Curse of the Golden Flower [2007] [R] - 5.7.0
Chow Yun-Fat stars in this period drama about betrayal, deceit and passion, set in the time of the Tang Dynasty, in 928 A.D. The story revolves around the internal conflicts of the royal family, as the balance of power shifts pitting the King against the Queen, as well as his three sons. Also with Gong Li, Liu Ye, Chen Jin and Jay Chou. Directed by Yimou Zhang. [1:54]

Turistas [2006] [R] - 7.10.9
Three American tourists travel to exotic Brazil, and after partying at a way-off-the-beaten-path beach bar wake up to find that they have been robbed. Being at the mercy of a local man who will supposedly help them find their way back home, they are led through a thick forest to the home of a doctor who has very gruesome plans for them: he intends to harvest their organs and sell them. With Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett and Desmond Askew. Directed by John Stockwell. [1:29]

National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj [2006] [R] - 8.2.5
In this sequel, Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn), who was the personal assistant of Van Wilder in the first film, aims to become the next King of Cool after graduating from Coolidge College. So, he makes his way to England to take his place as a legacy in the most sought after fraternity house on the Camford University campus, but he is turned away due to a typographical error. Also with Shobu Kapoor, Dan Percival, Holly Davidson and Anthony Cozens. Directed by Mort Nathan. [1:35]

April
April 3

Volver [2006] [R] - 6.5.5
Penelope Cruz stars in this Spanish film about two women who work through their grief after the death of their beloved aunt. They hear unusual stories about the days before her death and while trying to find out the truth about the disappearance of another woman's mother, some dark secrets are uncovered. Also with Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo and Yohana Cobo. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. In Spanish with English subtitles. [1:51]

The Good Shepherd [2006] [R] - 7.7.5
After being invited to join a secret society called the Skull & Bones on the Yale University campus, a young man (Matt Damon) becomes connected with people who eventually control many government functions, and he is recruited by the CIA as a covert operative in foreign espionage. Completely committed to his job and his idea of what the welfare of the United States of America requires him to do, he does whatever he sees as appropriate, using any means he deems necessary. Also with Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, John Turturro and Patrick Wilson. Directed by De Niro. [3:17]

Charlotte's Web [2006] [G] - 1.2.1
Dakota Fanning stars as a young girl that saves a little pig from being killed and cares for it, and they become friends. The pig also befriends a spider named Charlotte that none of the other barn animals can tolerate, and their friendship causes a chain of events that eventually has an effect on the lives of everyone. Also with Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dominic Scott Kay and John Cleese. Directed by Gary Winick. [1:37]

Death of a President [2006] [R] - 0.6.5
A mockumentary about the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush: Using archival footage, as well as digitally manipulated images, the film takes place years after the unsolved crime, and features interviews with suspects and their families, Secret Service men, journalists, political protestors and experts. With Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Reilly Burke and M. Neko Parham. Directed by Gabriel Range. [1:33]

April 10

Bobby [2006] [R] - 5.6.5
Based on the events of the day in 1968 when presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel while getting ready for a primary election night party. The story revolves around 22 individuals who were at the hotel at the time, for disparate reasons. With Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan and Elijah Wood. Directed by Emilio Estevez. [2:00]

April 17

Notes on a Scandal [2006] [R] - 7.3.6
A new teacher (Cate Blanchett) at an English high school becomes embroiled in an affair with one of her young students, and a colleague (Judi Dench) who discovers her secret, decides to use this information to insinuate herself into the woman's life. Also with Bill Nighy, Tom Georgeson, Michael Maloney and Joanna Scanlan. Directed by Richard Eyre. [1:31]

The Last King of Scotland [2006] [R] - 7.9.6
Biopic with Forest Whitaker as the former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, that chronicles his rise to power and his various brutalities through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) who initially became Amin's confidante and personal physician. Originally flattered, the doctor soon realizes his complicity in Amin's crimes. Also with Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson and Simon McBurney. Directed by Kevin MacDonald. [2:01]

Freedom Writers [2006] [PG-13] - 2.7.5
An idealistic teacher (Hilary Swank) in a Los Angeles high school believes that she can make a difference in the lives of her disadvantaged, racially divided inner city students. But she has to struggle against the school administration, that refuses to support her efforts, and must overcome the violence that touches the children every day. Also with Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton, Scott Glenn and April Lee Hernandez. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. [2:02]

Smokin' Aces [2007] [R] - 7.9.10
While monitoring surveillance of a mafia boss's home, two FBI agents overhear an order for a hit on a Las Vegas illusionist named Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) -- Israel happens to be the government's lead witness in the case against the boss and his group. In a race against time, the FBI moves in along with bounty hunters anxious to claim the million dollar price on Israel's head. Also with Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Jason Bateman, Ray Liotta and Alicia Keys. Directed by Joe Carnahan. [1:48]

The History Boys [2006] [R] - 6.3.7
An English preparatory school is graduating a new class of brilliant young men, who are getting ready for exams and interviews hoping to be accepted by the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge universities. But when the headmaster decides to bring in a new teacher in order to provide the students with a different perspective, the senior staff is upset. With Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances De La Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore and Dominic Cooper. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, Nicholas Hytner & Nick Starr. [1:44]

April 24

Night at the Museum [2006] [PG] - 1.4.1
Ben Stiller stars as a man who is constantly letting the people he loves down because he is convinced that he can do better professionally. Even his young son is so disappointed in him that he won't ask him to come to his school for career day. This motivates him to settle down in one job and he becomes the night guard at a museum, where the residents come to life after dark. He now has to figure out how to survive the nights without being eaten by a T-Rex, or torn limb from limb by Attila and his Huns, or bombarded by a Lilliputian Roman army. Also with Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke. Directed by Shawn Levy. [1:48]

The Queen [2006] [PG-13] - 1.3.5
A fictional portrait of the British Royal family's handling of the death of Princess Diana in August of 1997. As the Princess's immense popularity with the British public becomes clear, the Queen (Helen Mirren) has to consider how their private lives have become fodder for celebrity journalism. Also with Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms and Helen McCrory. Directed by Stephen Frears. [1:43]

Deja Vu [2006] [PG-13] - 4.7.4
Denzel Washington stars as an ATF investigator trying to solve the mystery of a New Orleans ferry explosion, and he begins to suspect that feelings of déjà vu are actually warnings sent from the past. If he can unravel the clues in time, he may be able to save hundreds of innocent people from certain death. Also with Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Bruce Greenwood and Adam Goldberg. Directed by Tony Scott. [2:08]

Code Name: The Cleaner [2007] [PG-13] - 4.4.4
Cedrick the Entertainer stars as a man suffering from amnesia, who is convinced that he is an undercover operative for the FBI. Although disappointed to learn that he is merely a janitor, he finds out that there is still a lot of excitement in his life when he helps uncover a black market computer chip operation. Also with Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan, Callum Keith Rennie and DeRay Davis. Directed by Les Mayfield. [1:31]


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May

May 1

Dreamgirls [2006] [PG-13] - 4.3.5
A naïve group of three very talented young women find out the hard way about the music industry and the pain of success. As The Dreamettes, and accompanied by their songwriter, they travel to New York to compete in a talent show at the Apollo Theatre, and although they lose the contest, their talent attracts an ambitious manager. With Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover and Jennifer Hudson. Directed by Bill Condon. [2:11]

The Hitcher [2007] [R] - 5.8.7
A young couple is driving to a lake resort for spring break, when they pick up a hitchhiker (Sean Bean). The stranger seems trustworthy enough, but their trip turns into a nightmare when he attempts to kill them. While they manage to get away, they keep running into him and the bloody wake he leaves behind. Also with Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Kyle Davis and Neal McDonough. Directed by Dave Meyers. [1:23]

Little Children [2006] [R] - 8.4.6
A stay-at-home suburban mom (Kate Winslet) suffering from boredom in a loveless marriage, finds temporary happiness in an affair with a stay-at-home dad, who's rebelling against his wife's aspirations for professional success and money. Also with Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley and Gregg Edelman. Directed by Todd Field. [2:17]

Alpha Dog [2007] [R] - 8.7.10
A 19-year-old Los Angeles drug dealer seems to have it all, owning a home and several cars, while spending his days partying with friends. But when one of his friends fails to pay the money he owes him, his solution is to kidnap the man's 15-year-old brother. Events threaten to get out of control, and the lives of many people are affected. With Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone and Emile Hirsch. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. [1:57]

Happily N'Ever After [2007] [PG] - 2.3.2
Animated tale, where the delicate balance between good and evil is kept in check by the wizard of Fairy Tale Land (voiced by George Carlin). But when he decides to go on vacation and leaves his two assistants in charge, things go array and the familiar happy endings begin to skew in other directions, as when Cinderella's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) tale is tampered with and it's not the prince (Patrick Warburton) that saves the day. Also with Sigourney Weaver, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Andy Dick. Directed by Paul Bolger. [1:25]

May 8

Because I Said So [2007] [PG-13] - 6.2.4
An overprotective mother (Diane Keaton) struggles with allowing her youngest daughter (Mandy Moore) to make her own mistakes with regard to love and relationships. In an attempt to help her find Mr. Right, she places a personal ad and arranges a seemingly spontaneous meeting with a successful businessman. But when the daughter meets another man with whom she feels an immediate connection, she decides to juggle the two men, hoping to keep her mother happy and off her back. Also with Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott and Lauren Graham. Directed by Michael Lehmann. [1:42]

Music and Lyrics [2007] [PG-13] - 5.1.3
A washed-up '80s pop star (Hugh Grant) is taking gigs on cruise ships and casinos when he is contacted by the hottest current diva to write her a new song. But because he has no songwriting skills, he tries to find someone who can help, and as luck would have it, a woman (Drew Barrymore) who's temporarily filling in for his plant care person fits the bill. Also with Kristen Johnston, Jason Antoon and Billy Griffith. Directed by Marc D. Lawrence. [1:36]

Catch and Release [2007] [PG-13] - 6.3.4
Jennifer Garner stars as a woman whose fiancé dies in a boating accident and leaves her grieving but befuddled when she discovers that there might have been another woman (Juliette Lewis) in his life. Also with Timothy Olyphant, Sam Jaeger and Fiona Shaw. Directed by Susannah Grant. [1:51]

The Painted Veil [2006] [PG-13] - 6.5.1
Set in 1920s China during a cholera epidemic: Edward Norton stars as a bacteriologist who proposes marriage to a young society woman (Naomi Watts), hoping to take her with him when he travels to Shanghai. Although she does not love him, she agrees to the marriage so she can leave her disagreeable mother. But when she is caught in an adulterous affair, her husband gives her an ultimatum: either she joins him in a small, disease stricken village, or he will embarrass her by filing for divorce. Also with Liev Schreiber, Sally Hawkins and Toby Jones. Directed by John Curran. [2:05]

Breaking and Entering [2006] [R] - 8.4.5
An architect (Jude Law) with dreams of transforming an urban area in London is devastated when his office is repeatedly broken into by young Serbian men who are working for a black market ring. When he tracks one of the men down, he ends up beginning an affair with the young man's mother (Juliette Binoche). Also with Robin Wright Penn, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman and Ray Winstone. Directed by Anthony Minghella. [2:00]

May 15

Pan's Labyrinth [2006] [R] - 2.8.5
Set in 1940s Spain, during the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco: A lonely and imaginative girl, whose mother marries a successful but brutal military captain, creates fantastical creatures and an imaginary world that transports her far away from her depressing reality. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil and Alex Angulo. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. [2:00]

The Fountain [2006] [R] - 4.6.5
Hugh Jackman stars as a man who's been alive for a thousand years: As a 16th-century conquistador he finds a plant that grants eternal life to those who drink of its sap, as a modern day scientist he tries to find a cure for the cancer that's killing his wife (Rachel Weisz), and as 26th century astronaut he tries to find the heavenly depository of souls. Also with Ellen Burstyn, Sean Patrick Thomas and Donna Murphy. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. [1:36]

Stomp the Yard [2007] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
After his brother is murdered in a brawl and he is convicted on assault charges, a troubled young man (Columbus Short) leaves his home in Los Angeles to go to Atlanta, where he will attend college. A talented battle dancer, he learns about stepping from fraternity members who invite him to join them, and he's soon helping the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship. Also with Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Darrin DeWitt Henson. Directed by Sylvain White. [1:54]

May 22

Letters from Iwo Jima [2007] [R] - 0.8.2
The story of the WWII battle of Iwo Jima, as experienced by the Japanese soldiers who struggled to defend the island from the attacking U.S. forces. With Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase and Shido Nakamura. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [2:21]

Epic Movie [2007] [PG-13] - 6.7.5
A parody of many recent films, including "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Unfortunate Events," "Snakes on a Plane," "X-Men," "Harry Potter," "Borat," "Superman Returns," etc. The main plot thread concerns four orphans who visit a chocolate factory and are reunited in "Gnarnia," where they are forced to defend themselves against a cruel witch and her minions. With Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jayma Mays and Faune Chambers. Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. [1:26]

Apocalypto [2006] [R] - 5.9.5
As the Mayan empire is facing decline, before the conquistadors arrived, a young man (Rudy Youngblood) manages to hide his wife and son from an attack on his village, but he is captured and slated to be a human sacrifice. When he manages to escape, he must survive all manner of challenges while he tries to get back to save his family. Also with Dalia Hernandez, Mayra Serbulo, Gerardo Taracena and Raoul Trujillo. Directed by Mel Gibson. In Yucatec Maya with English subtitles. [2:17]

The Good German [2006] [R] - 8.6.7
Set in Berlin in 1945, on the Eve of the Potsdam Peace Conference, when uncertainty, fear and betrayal ruled the day: George Clooney stars as a U.S. war correspondent and Cate Blanchett as a Jewish German who somehow has managed to keep herself out of the Nazi concentration camps but is desperate to leave Germany. Also with Tobey Maguire, Robin Weigert and Dave Power. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [1:47]

June

June 5

The Messengers [2007] [PG-13] - 3.7.3
A family that has fallen on hard times decides to move to the country and try to make a go of running a sunflower farm. So they buy a rundown and long abandoned farmhouse, move in, but shortly afterward their two children begin to experience unusual encounters with supernatural entities that do not seem friendly. With Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller and John Corbett. Directed by Oxide & Danny Pang. [1:30]

Norbit [2007] [PG-13] - 5.4.4
Eddie Murphy stars as Norbit, a man who has been bullied all of his life, starting as an orphan in a small town. Now he's an adult, but a mean and extremely overweight woman (also Murphy, using prosthetics) who once saved him from two bullies when he was a boy, forces him to have a relationship with her, despite the fact that his childhood sweetheart is moving back to town. Also with Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Griffin and Terry Crews. Directed by Brian Robbins. [1:42]

June 12

Ghost Rider [2007] [PG-13] - 3.7.4
Nicolas Cage stars as a motorcycle stuntman who sells his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda) in order to save his father's life, and years later the devil re-enters his life and tells him he must pay by becoming the Ghost Rider and destroying the devil's own son. Based on the Marvel comic series. Also with Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes, Matthew Long, Donal Logue and Sam Elliott. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. [1:54]

Breach [2007] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Drama based on the real-life story of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was responsible for selling U.S. military secrets to the Soviets over many years: Agent Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) is ostensibly working for Hanssen (Chris Cooper), while his real mission is to collect evidence that can be used to indict him for espionage. Also with Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert and Bruce Davison. Directed by Billy Ray. [1:50]

Blood and Chocolate [2007] [PG-13] - 4.6.3
Set in Bucharest, it follows a clan that's half human and half wolf; its members live in constant fear of exposure and extinction from their human neighbors. And when one member falls in love with a human, the other members cannot tolerate the situation and threaten to kill him. With Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez, Katja Riemann and Bryan Dick. Directed by Katja Von Garnier. [1:38]

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls [2007] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
A successful attorney (Gabrielle Union), whose work is the main focus of her life to the extent that she has no time for relationships, cannot help herself when she falls for her driver (Idris Elba). Despite their mismatched professional status, he's a hard-working father who is struggling to keep custody of his three daughters, and protect them from his drug-dealing ex-wife. Also with Louis Gossett Jr., Tasha Smith and Gary Anthony Sturgis. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:35]

June 19

Reno 911!: Miami [2007] [R] - 7.5.7
Based on the Comedy Central series: A group of incompetent officers from a Reno police department travel to Miami Beach for a convention, and after arriving they have to snap into action when the convention center is attacked by bio-terorists and all of the other officers are inside and quarantined. With Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong and Cedric Yarbrough. Directed by Robert Ben Garant. [1:24]

Bridge to Terabithia [2007] [PG] - 1.4.1
An 11-year-old boy who's bullied and lonely meets his new neighbor, who is also shunned by the other students because she is new to town. In order to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives they create the imaginary world of Terabithia in the woods near their homes, where the trees become giant trolls and the squirrels the minions of a dark master. With AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson, Zooey Deschanel, Lauren Clinton and Bailee Madison. Directed by Gabor Csupo. [1:36]

Miss Potter [2006] [PG] - 2.2.1
The story of the life of Beatrix Potter (Renee Zellweger), the famous children's story writer, and how she overcame both a domineering mother and the chauvinism of Victorian England to become a best-selling author and blaze a trail for women writers. Also with Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Perdita Weeks and Bill Patterson. Directed by Chris Noonan. [1:32]

June 26

Black Snake Moan [2007] [R] - 8.6.8
A young woman (Christina Ricci) struggling to cope with loneliness after her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) enlists in the army, numbs her feelings with alcohol, drugs and sex. One night she is beaten and left on the side of the road to be found in the morning by a man (Samuel L. Jackson) who was recently abandoned by his wife. He makes it his mission to heal her and an unusual relationship that saves them both develops. Also with John Cothran Jr and Michael Raymond-James. Directed by Craig Brewer. [1:55]

Shooter [2007] [R] - 2.8.5
Mark Wahlberg stars as a Marine Corps sniper who has removed himself from active duty after one mission went bad. He is then asked to rejoin the service in order to prepare a theoretical assassination of the U.S. President, to test the abilities and preparation of the security detail. But when he does, and a foreign dignitary is assassinated, he is framed as the culprit and becomes a fugitive. Also with Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra, Kate Mara and Danny Glover. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:00]

Pride [2007] [PG] - 3.4.4
Inspired by a true story, and set in 1973, Terrence Howard stars as a college graduate who's trying to find a good job but runs into racism at every turn. Eventually he has to settle and accepts the menial task of closing up a run-down community recreation center in urban Philadelphia. However, he also realizes that he has the power to provide a haven for young people who want to participate in a competitive swim team by keeping the center open. Also with Bernie Mac, Kevin Phillips, Evan Ross and Nate Parker. Directed by Sunu Gonera. [1:48]

July

July 10

The Last Mimzy [2007] [PG] - 1.3.2
A young boy and girl discover a strange box on a beach containing what they think are toys. By manipulating the alien-looking objects, they become smarter and capable of hearing everything, and communicating telepathically. They also become aware that humankind is dying because of our excesses and carelessness. With Chris O'Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton and Megan McKinnon. Directed by Robert Shaye. [1:30]

The Astronaut Farmer [2007] [PG] - 1.3.3
A man (Billy Bob Thornton) who was part of the NASA space program and slated to go to the moon, had to drop out when his father died, in order to save the family farm. Years later his aspiration to be an astronaut is not diminished and he continues to plan to launch himself into space. Also with Virginia Madsen, Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern and Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Michael Polish. [1:44]

July 17

Premonition [2007] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
Sandra Bullock stars as a woman whose life seems perfect, although her marriage is strained and she doesn't really know why. When she gets news that her husband has died in an accident, she spirals into a nightmarish ritual of waking up each day to find out that days seem to be out of sequence, and sometimes her husband is still alive. While she's trying to figure out what happened, she also wonders whether she somehow played a role in his death. Also with Julian McMahon, Mark Famiglietti, Kate Nelligan and Nia Long. Directed by Mennan Yapo. [1:36]

July 24

The Number 23 [2007] [R] - 7.8.6
Jim Carrey stars as a bored animal control agent who receives a book entitled "The Number 23: The Story of Obsession" as a birthday gift. As he begins to read the book he notices many strange coincidences and similarities to his own life that make him suspect that the author somehow knows him and that the number 23 has significance in his life. He eventually becomes obsessed with finding the number 23 everywhere (the number of shoes in his closet, his address, his social security number, the bombing of Hiroshima, the Waco, Texas incident, the Oklahoma City bombing, etc.). Also with Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston, Rhona Mitra and Logan Lerman. Directed by Joel Schumacher. [1:35]

The Host [2007] [R] - 0.8.6
Some time after toxic chemicals are spilled into a river in South Korea an unidentifiable giant creature terrorizes people who live nearby, and it is reported that the creature is also responsible for the spread of SARS. While it is hunted down by officials, one man struggles to save his young daughter who was taken by the creature during its first attack, and may still be alive. With Song Kang-ho, Scott Wilson, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il and Bae Doona. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. In Korean with English subtitles. [1:59]

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [2006] [R] - 9.8.3
A famous perfumer in 18th century Paris (Dustin Hoffman) discovers a young man's innate ability to break down and decipher scents, and uses his talent to regain his stature among wealthy Parisians. When the perfumer dies, the young man ventures forth hoping to create his own perfect scent. However, obsessed with the elusive aroma of young women, he is driven to commit numerous murders. With Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Corinna Harfouch. Directed by Tom Tykwer. [2:25]

Zodiac [2007] [R] - 3.8.6
Thriller based on the case files about a serial murderer in the San Francisco Bay Area who haunted the lives of police detectives and newspaper reporters for years, by killing and disappearing, and then killing again. The true identity of the killer has never been established. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards and Brian Cox. Directed by David Fincher. [2:40]

Reign Over Me [2007] [R] - 4.5.7
Adam Sandler stars as a man who's still struggling with overwhelming grief over the loss of his entire family on one of the planes involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks five years earlier. After a chance encounter on a Manhattan street corner with his college roommate (Don Cheadle) he may finally have found someone who can help him achieve a modicum of normalcy. Also with Saffron Burrows, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Liv Tyler. Directed by Mike Binder. [2:08]

July 31

300 [2007] [R] - 6.9.2
Epic about the battle of Thermopylae, which took place in 480 B.C. between a small contingent of Greeks, made up primarily of 300 Spartans, and a vast Persian army under king Xerxes. The Spartan king Leonidas (Gerard Butler) led his men, who managed to hold the Persian advance until they were betrayed and were surrounded and killed. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel. Also with Lena Headey, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Regan and Dominic West. Directed by Zack Snyder. [1:56]

Hot Fuzz [2007] [R] - 4.8.7
An extremely successful London police officer (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a small village after continuously outperforming the other officers on the force, and hence making them look incompetent. Upon arrival he is told that there hasn't been a crime in the area for a very long time. But when people begin to die and the villagers try to convince him that they are accidental deaths, he sees things differently and starts to uncover some dark truths about the supposedly sleepy village. Also with Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, and Edward Woodward. Directed by Edgar Wright. [2:00]

Pathfinder [2007] [R] - 3.9.1
Adventure story that takes place during the beginning of the first millennium, when according to some historians, Norsemen came to North American and tried to establish colonies. During one raid a young boy is left to fend for himself when he refuses to participate in a brutal attack on Native Americans, who end up adopting him as their one. Years later, when Vikings return to attack once again, he wages a personal war to stop the invaders and protect those he loves. With Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, Clancy Brown and Nathaniel Arcand. Directed by Marcus Nispel. [1:33]

August

August 7

Disturbia [2007] [PG-13] - 6.6.4
After his father's accidental death, a young man (Shia LaBeouf) becomes depressed and withdrawn and ends up being sentenced to house arrest for attacking one of his teachers. Frustrated with interminable boredom, he starts snooping on his neighbors, that include a single man whose dates seem to end badly. When the young man suspects him of being a murderer the police do not believe him and he takes matters into his own hands. Also with Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Sarah Roemer and Aaron Yoo. Directed by D.J. Caruso. [1:44]

Are We Done Yet? [2007] [PG] - 3.3.1
Ice Cube revisits his role as Nick Persons from "Are We There Yet?" He is now married, with two stepchildren, and expecting twins with his new wife. Realizing that they can no longer live in Nick's small city apartment they find a beautiful fixer-upper in the country, but the problems begin as soon as they move in and realize that their dream home is a money pit. Also with Earvin Johnson, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden. Directed by Steve Carr. [1:32]

I Think I Love My Wife [2007] [R] - 6.4.10
Chris Rock directs, and stars as a successful investment banker whose seemingly perfect suburban life starts falling apart when he realizes that he is bored, and he re-kindles a friendship with a beautiful woman who has more in mind than friendship. Also with Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Cassandra Freeman and Samantha Ivers. [1:34]

TMNT [2007] [PG] - 1.3.1
After defeating their arch nemesis, The Shredder, the four brothers have grown apart and are trying to forget about the good old days when they worked together to stop crime. But when an industrialist puts the final piece of an ancient puzzle together, and one of the brothers is snatched, the rest of the turtles must reunite to save him. With Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ziyi Zhang, Chris Evans and Mako. Directed by Kevin Munroe. [1:26]

Unaccompanied Minors [2006] [PG] - 1.3.2
It's Christmas Eve, and a group of young teens and children who are unaccompanied by adults are stranded in an airport when all flights are cancelled due to a blizzard. Running away from the Christmas-hating airport manager (Lewis Black) and the airport security guards, the unaccompanied minors wreak havoc in the name of true holiday spirit. Also with Wilmer Valderrama, Dyllan Christopher, Gina Mantegna, Quinn Shephard and Tyler J. Williams. Directed by Paul Feig. [1:29]

August 14

Wild Hogs [2007] [PG-13] - 4.4.4
John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy star as four middle-aged men who feel that their suburban lives in Cincinnati have become a trap and they need a change before they are too old. So, they mount their motorcycles and make their way across the country. Also with Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei and Tichina Arnold. Directed by Walt Becker. [1:39]

The Lookout [2007] [R] - 6.7.7
A car crash that ends a young man's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of becoming a professional hockey player also puts him in a perpetual cycle of guilt and frustration, when a head trauma results in short-term memory problems and forces him to take a job as a janitor in a local bank. When he is approached by criminals offering him the opportunity to make a lot of money if he helps them rob the bank, he is tempted. Also with Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher, Carla Gugino and Matthew Goode. Directed by Scott Frank. [1:42]

Fracture [2007] [R] - 4.5.5
Ryan Gosling stars as a smug, successful assistant DA whose last assignment before he leaves for a new high-paying private sector job is to prosecute a man (Anthony Hopkins) who has readily confessed to shooting his wife. Thinking it's going to be a cinch, he takes the case but he instead becomes part of a set-up that threatens not only his current position but also his ability to continue to practice law. Also with David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike and Embeth Davidtz. Directed by Gregory Hoblit. [1:52]

Vacancy [2007] [R] - 5.8.7
Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale star as a husband and wife whose relationship has been shattered by the death of their young son, and plan to divorce. While driving one night they are stranded when their car breaks down on a dark country road, and have to stay in a motel where, as they soon discover, murdering the guests is part of the service. Also with Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry and Scott G. Anderson. Directed by Nimrod Antal. [1:20]

August 21

Perfect Stranger [2007] [R] - 8.7.9
Halle Berry stars as an investigative reporter who exposes scandals involving the powerful. When she learns that a murdered friend was connected to a prominent, womanizing ad executive (Bruce Willis), she manages to get hired by his company, and also pursues him in anonymous online chat rooms. Also with Giovanni Ribisi, Gary Dourdan and Nicki Lynn Aycox. Directed by James Foley. [1:49]

The Ex [2007] [PG-13] - 5.4.5
Amanda Peet and Zach Braff star as a married couple, and they are expecting their first child. Having decided that she will give up her job as a lawyer to be a full-time mother, and he will step up and take care of his growing family, he gets fired. Their only option is to accept a job with her father (Charles Grodin) in an ad agency where her ex-lover (Jason Bateman) also happens to work. Also with Mia Farrow and Donal Logue. Directed by Jesse Peretz. [1:29]

August 28

Blades of Glory [2007] [PG-13] - 6.6.4
Two Olympic figure skaters (Will Ferrell and Jon Heder) are banned from skating for life after a squabble over the gold medal. But a loophole in the by-laws leads them to decide that they can continue competing, as a pair. As the first male-male pair of figure skaters they are not warmly welcomed by the other competitors, plus they must tame their fierce rivalry if they are to work together. Also with Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer. Directed by Will Speck & Josh Gordon. [1:33]

Kickin' It Old Skool [2007] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
In 1985, a 12-year-old boy falls off a stage and lands on his head during a breakdancing competition, and he ends up in a coma. It's 20 years afterwards, and when he comes out of the coma he's still at the mental age of a young teen, and insists on continuing his dance competition efforts in order to help his parents pay for the many years of life support. With Jamie Kennedy, Maria Menounos, Christopher McDonald, Miguel A. Nunez Jr. and Bobby Lee. Directed by Harvey Glazer. [1:47]


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September

September 4

Georgia Rule [2007] [R] - 6.5.5
A rebellious young woman (Lindsay Lohan) who repeatedly gets herself into trouble, is sent to stay with her grandmother (Jane Fonda) in Idaho for the summer. Her mother (Felicity Huffman) hopes that the no-nonsense matriarch will be able to whip her into shape and make her realize that if she doesn't end her self-destructive behavior she will end up in even more trouble. Also with Cary Elwes, Dermot Mulroney and Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Garry Marshall. [1:53]

Delta Farce [2007] [PG-13] - 4.4.6
Larry (Larry the Cable Guy) and his two buddies (Bill Engvall and D.J. Qualls) are mistaken as U.S. Army troops when they spend a weekend playing soldier at an army base. The trio is loaded on an airplane heading for Iraq, but while on route, they are accidentally dropped in Mexico along with a hard-nosed sergeant. Unaware of the geographical error, Larry leads his crew to fight bandits who are terrorizing a village. Also with Keith David and Marisol Nichols. Directed by C. B. Harding. [1:30]

September 18

We Are Marshall [2006] [PG] - 1.4.4
The town of Huntington, West Virginia, is devastated when its entire Marshall University football team is killed in a plane crash. The town must decide whether they can bear to ever have another team or if the pain is too great, and the only football coach (Matthew McConaughey) willing to work for the university has a rather unusual approach. Based on a true story from 1970. Also with David Strathairn, Ian McShane and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol. [2:08]

Death Proof [2007] [R] - 8.10.10
Kurt Russell stars as a homicidal stunt-car driver who stalks young women and then concocts imaginative vehicular ways of murdering them; also with Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Tracie Thoms and Rosario Dawson. [3:12]

Gracie [2007] [PG-13] - 5.4.3
Set in 1978, when girls' soccer teams did not exist, a young woman (Carly Schroeder) reacts to the death of her soccer star brother by deciding to play soccer with the boys' team. The only girl in a soccer-obsessed family of three brothers, her decision is met with derision and incredulity. Also with Christopher Shand, Karl Girolamo, Dermot Mulroney, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue, and Trevor Heins. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. [1:32]

The Condemned [2007] [R] - 5.8.8
A multimillionaire tries his hand at producing reality TV by selecting 10 hardened criminals who are awaiting death in prisons around the world, and placing them on an unidentified island, allowing them to kill each other while broadcasting the action over the internet. The last one standing will be allowed to go free. With Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Trent Sullivan, Rick Hoffman and Nathan Jones. Directed by Scott Wiper. [1:40]

September 25

Knocked Up [2007] [R] - 9.5.10
A TV entertainment journalist (Katherine Heigl) whose professional life seems to just have taken a turn for the best when she is promoted, discovers that she is pregnant after getting drunk and having sex with a man (Seth Rogen) she had just met,. She decides to keep the baby, but she isn't so sure about sharing her life with the father, who is far less ambitious than she is. Also with Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel. Directed by Judd Apatow. [2:09]

Next [2007] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
Nicolas Cage stars as a man who has the power to see two minutes into the future. Anxious to avoid becoming the focus of a government experiment into precognition, he works under an assumed name doing magic tricks and lives off small-time gambling winnings. But when terrorists threaten to explode a nuclear device, he is coerced into helping the FBI prevent disaster. Also with Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Tory Kittles and Michael Trucco. Directed by Lee Tamahori. [1:36]

Bug [2007] [R] - 9.8.8
A lonely woman (Ashley Judd) is being pursued by her convict ex-husband, who has tried to kill her before, and is haunted by the disappearance of her young son 10 years earlier. In her emotionally fragile state she's easily swept into the paranoid conspiracy theories of an eccentric drifter (Michael Shannon) she just met, who insists that he was the subject of secret medical experiments while in the military. Based on the play by Tracy Letts. Also with Harry Connick Jr., Brian O'Byrne and Lynn Collins. Directed by William Friedkin. [1:42]

Evening [2007] [PG-13] - 4.3.5
An elderly woman (Vanessa Redgrave) who's on her deathbed recalls regrets in her life and her one great love and tries to help her daughters (Toni Collette and Natasha Richardson) find their way toward happiness. Also with Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Glenn Close and Patrick Wilson. Directed by Lajos Koltai. [1:57]

October

October 2

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer [2007] [PG] - 3.4.3
The second installment in the series begins with Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) and Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) planning their wedding ceremony, when a mysterious figure, The Silver Surfer, starts showing up on different parts of the planet, creating huge craters and wreaking havoc with the environment. As The Fantastic Four try to understand what's going on, their old nemesis, Dr. Doom, shows up and this time he's working with the U.S. Army. Also with Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon. Directed by Tim Story. [1:32]

1408 [2007] [PG-13] - 1.6.5
A writer (John Cusack) of books about paranormal and supernatural occurrences, who visits sites that are deemed haunted, takes a trip to New York to stay overnight in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, even though the manager (Samuel L. Jackson) has forbidden anyone from ever staying there. It seems that there has been one too many unexplained deaths in the room. Also with Mary McCormack, Jasmine Jessica Anthony and Christopher Carey. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. [1:34]

October 9

Evan Almighty [2007] [PG] - 2.2.3
Morgan Freeman, as the God from "Bruce Almighty," visits Evan (Steve Carell), a newly elected congressman who plans to change the world. When he prays for help to make it happen, it comes as a delivery of ancient tools, large quantities of lumber and a directive from God to build a Ark. Also with Lauren Graham, John Goodman and Jimmy Bennett. Directed by Tom Shadyac. [1:30]

28 Weeks Later [2007] [R] - 6.9.7
In this sequel to "28 Days Later" six months have passed, and the rage virus seems to have been defeated. A small number of people have survived the epidemic that turned people into flesh-eating maniacs. However, the survivors soon discover that one of them is a carrier of the virus, while having immunity from its effects. With Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau Jr, Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne and Catherine McCormack. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. [1:31]

You Kill Me [2007] [R] - 4.6.7
An alcoholic hit-man (Ben Kingsley) working for the Polish mob in Buffalo, New York botches an important assignment. Frustrated, his uncle Roman (Philip Baker Hall) becomes fed up and sends him to dry out in San Francisco, where he starts attending AA meetings, takes a job in a funeral home, and falls in love with the stepdaughter (Téa Leoni) of a client. Also with Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina and Philip Baker Hall. Directed by John Dahl. [1:32]

Reign Over Me [2007] [R] - 4.5.7
Adam Sandler stars as a man who's still struggling with overwhelming grief over the loss of his entire family on one of the planes involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks five years earlier. After a chance encounter on a Manhattan street corner with his college roommate (Don Cheadle) he may finally have found someone who can help him achieve a modicum of normalcy. Also with Saffron Burrows, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Liv Tyler. Directed by Mike Binder. [2:08]
Surf's Up [2007] [PG] - 1.3.3
A penguin who doesn't feel like he fits in dreams of being a great surfer. Determined to leave the ice, he hitches a ride on a whale, and ends up in the tropics. There he can compete against the best surfers, as well as make new friends. With the voices of Jeff Bridges, Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, James Woods and Jon Heder. Directed by Ash Brannon & Chris Buck. [1:25]

October 16

Transformers [2007] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
Shia LaBeouf stars as a high school student swept into an intergalactic war between two alien robot races, the Autobots and the Decepticons. Both are able to change at will into a variety of mechanical objects, such as cars, planes and other devices. Also with Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, John Turturro and Tyrese Gibson. Directed by Michael Bay. [2:20]

The Hoax [2007] [R] - 6.4.7
Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, the writer who penned a controversial autobiography of Howard Hughes during the mid-1970s. Irving claimed the book was based on interviews with the reclusive billionaire, but it was soon revealed that it was all a scam, and Hughes was never interviewed. Based on actual events. Also with Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Julie Delpy and Hope Davis. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. [1:55]

Planet Terror [2007] [R] - 8.10.10
Rose McGowan stars in Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," about the development of a biochemical weapon that when released turns people into zombie-like creatures with large oozing boils and a taste for human flesh; also with Marley Shelton, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Jeff Fahey, Bruce Willis and Michael Biehn. [3:12]

A Mighty Heart [2007] [R] - 4.4.6
While working in Pakistan in 2002, journalist Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman) disappears the night before he and his wife Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie) are scheduled to leave for home. When a terrorist group claims to have kidnapped him, and begins threatening his life if their demands are not complied with, the events spark an international effort to find him. Based on Mariane Pearl's memoir and based on actual events. Also with Archie Panjabi, Irrfan Khan, Adnan Siddiqui, Alyy Khan and Denis O'Hare. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. [1:43]

The Reaping [2007] [R] - 7.7.5
Hilary Swank stars as an ex-missionary minister who uses reason and science to debunk supernatural events. When she's called to investigate strange happenings, such as frogs falling from the sky and swarms of locusts, in a small Southern parish, she discovers that at the center of the plagues is a 12-year-old girl. Also with AnnaSophia Robb, David Morrissey, Idris Elba and Stephen Rea. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. [1:38]

The Invisible [2007] [PG-13] - 3.7.4
After being brutally beaten, a young man (Justin Chatwin) is tossed in a storm drain and left for dead. Now in limbo, he moves invisibly among the people who tried to kill him, while trying to find a way to tell someone that he is still alive. Also with Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher Marquette and Michelle Harrison. Directed by David S. Goyer. [1:37]

October 23

Meet the Robinsons [2007] [G] - 1.3.1
A young orphan is desperate to find someone to adopt him, when he meets a mysterious boy from the future named Wilbur Robinson. Wilbur takes him to meet a family and convinces him that he must not give up on his dreams. With the voices of Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry, Tom Kenny, Harland Williams and Adam West. Directed by Stephen J. Anderson. [1:32]

Hostel: Part II [2007] [R] - 8.10.10
Sequel to the story of murder and torture for sale in Eastern Europe: Three young women traveling in Europe hope for some fun and frivolity but end up as the subjects of rich people who pay to murder them in very brutal ways. With Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips, Roger Bart and Richard Burgi. Directed by Eli Roth. [1:34]

Mr. Brooks [2007] [R] - 7.8.8
A respected business man (Kevin Costner), loving father and husband, is also a successful serial killer, who struggles with an inner voice (William Hurt) that urges him to commit murder. One night he murders a couple without realizing that a neighbor (Dane Cook) has seen everything through an open window, and now he wants to become his accomplice. Meanwhile, a relentless police investigator (Demi Moore) is on their trail. Also with Matt Schulze and Stephen Michael Ayers. Directed by Bruce Evans. [2:00]

October 30

Spider-Man 3 [2007] [PG-13] - 2.6.3
In this installment Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is well established as a popular superhero. He's also happy with his life with M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) and plans to ask her to marry him, but everything begins to fall apart when a malevolent extra-terrestrial organism attaches itself to his uniform and changes his personality, a new girl enters his life, an ex-con is transformed into an indestructible giant made out of sand, and his former best friend is trying to kill him. Also with Thomas Haden Church, Bryce Dallas Howard, Topher Grace and James Franco. Directed by Sam Raimi. [2:20]

Talk to Me [2007] [R] - 7.5.9
Biopic based on the real life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), an ex-con turned radio DJ in Washington, DC, whose claim to fame was being brutally frank about the things that affected real people in the turbulent '60s and '70s. Also with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. [1:58]

License to Wed [2007] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
Robin Williams stars as a priest who makes it his mission to make sure young couples are prepared for marriage, and so requires any couple married in his church to pass his matrimony class before the ceremony. But this program becomes quite a strain for one young couple (Mandy Moore and John Krasinski) and they begin to question whether they are indeed right for each other. Also with Christine Taylor and Roxanne Hart. Directed by Ken Kwapis. [1:40]

November

November 6

Ratatouille [2007] [G] - 2.3.1
In this animated feature, a young rat is dissatisfied with the culinary choices available in the sewers he inhabits with other rats, and starts exploring Parisian restaurant kitchens and reading the cookbook of a master chef. Eventually he befriends a young man who wants to be a chef but doesn't know how and together they are able to create wonderful dishes that take the Paris dining scene by storm. With the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy and Peter Sohn. Directed by Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava. [1:51]

Deck the Halls [2006] [PG] - 4.3.1
Matthew Broderick stars as a suburban man who calls himself the "Christmas Guy," and is extremely proud of his holiday decorations, until a new neighbor (Danny DeVito) moves in across the street and makes it his mission to create the biggest holiday light display in the world -- so bright that it will be visible from outer space. Also with Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis and Alia Shawkat. Directed by John P. Whitesell. [1:35]

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry [2007] [PG-13] - 7.3.4
A widowed NY firefighter (Kevin James) tries to name his two children as his life insurance beneficiaries, but runs into more red tape than he can get around. That's when he concocts a scheme that will guarantee that his children will be taken care of if something should happen to him on the job: He proposes a domestic partnership arrangement to his best friend and firefighter partner, who reluctantly agrees since he owes him a favor. The problems start when they have to convince everyone that they are gay. Also with Jessica Biel, Steve Buscemi and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Dennis Dugan. [1:50]

Sicko [2007] [PG-13] - 2.4.5
Michael Moore's documentary looks at the state of the insurance-based healthcare system in the United States, and compares it with the universal healthcare systems available in other countries, such as France, Canada, Britain and Cuba. His conclusions are that healthcare is more accessible, more affordable and of a higher quality in other countries. [2:03]

November 13

Shrek the Third [2007] [PG] - 3.4.2
In the third installment Shrek and Fiona are forced to take on royal duties after the Frog King has fallen ill. But they create one mess after another, and they long for their swamp. So, when the King dies Shrek goes off to find another heir to the throne, lest he has to take over the throne. Meanwhile, Charming is preparing to attack the kingdom and crown himself king. With the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake and Rupert Everett. Directed by Chris Miller & Raman Hui. [1:33]

Ocean's Thirteen [2007] [PG-13] - 5.5.4
In the third installment of the series George Clooney reprises his role as Danny Ocean, and this time he masterminds an elaborate plan to bring down a hotel-casino run by a heartless mogul (Al Pacino) who double-crossed his mentor (Elliott Gould). Matt Damon and Brad Pitt co-star and fake earthquakes, rigged gambling and fireworks round out the plot. Also with Casey Affleck, Ellen Barkin, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia, Eddie Jemison, Bernie Mac, and Shaobo Qin. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [2:02]

Amazing Grace [2006] [PG] - 2.4.2
The story of William Wilberforce, who spearheaded the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in 18th century England. As a Member of Parliament Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) successfully challenged entrenched interests by assembling a diverse coalition of slavery opponents. Also with Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon and Romola Garai. Directed by Michael Apted. [1:51]

November 20

Live Free or Die Hard [2007] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
In the fourth installment of the series, John McClane (Bruce Willis) returns as the hard-nosed NYPD detective. Assigned to transport a computer hacker (Justin Long) from New Jersey to Washington, DC, he has to save the day when during the July 4th holiday a digital attack on the United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire country. Also with Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jeffrey Wright and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by Len Wiseman. [2:10]

Hairspray [2007] [PG] - 4.3.3
Stage-to-screen musical taking place in 1960s Baltimore, and based on the eponymous 1988 John Waters film: Tracy (Nicole Blonsky) is a teenage girl who dreams of dancing on a local dance show and proving that people who berate her for her weight are wrong. When there is an opening in the show's cast and there are open auditions she sees her chance, but the station manager is prejudiced against both plus-sized people and African-Americans. With the help of her supportive parents Tracy doesn't give up and fights mainstream bigotry. (John Travolta plays Tracy's mother). Also with Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron. Directed by Adam Shankman. [1:55]

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause [2006] [G] - 1.3.1
Tim Allen reprises his role as Santa Claus; in this installment he is expecting a baby Claus, and he also must deal with a jealous and mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) who comes up with a plan to convince Santa to hand over his holiday. Also with Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson and Eric Lloyd. Directed by Michael Lembeck. [1:38]

Rescue Dawn [2006] [PG-13] - 1.6.4
Based on the true events of the life of Dieter Dengler Christian Bale) a German-born U.S. navy pilot who crashed in Laos during a Vietnam war bombing run and was held prisoner by the Vietcong. Unwilling to succumb to the conditions of his captivity, he devised a desperate escape plan for himself and his fellow prisoners. Also with Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Marshall Bell and François Chau. Directed by Werner Herzog. [2:00]

November 27

Waitress [2007] [PG-13] - 6.3.5
A young woman (Keri Russell) desperate to get away from her controlling and abusive husband dreams of entering and winning a $25,000 pie contest and opening her own restaurant. However, when she realizes that she is pregnant, she tries to figure out what to do while pursuing her dreams. Also with Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith. Directed by Adrienne Shelly. [1:44]

The Namesake [2007] [PG-13] - 5.3.3
Kal Penn stars as a young Indian man living in the United States with his parents and his sister. Although the parents hold onto their culture and heritage, the children rebel against it and begin to date people who are not of Indian descent. Also with Zuleikha Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Jacinda Barrett. Directed by Mira Nair. [2:02]

Mr. Bean's Holiday [2007] [G] - 1.2.1
Rowan Atkinson stars as the affable but hopelessly klutzy Mr. Bean, who wins an all expenses paid trip to the South of France and uses a video camera to document his misadventures. On route to the Riviera he tries to help a young boy (Max Baldry) who was accidentally separated from his father, ruins a movie set and helps launch the career of a young actress (Emma De Caunes). Also with Willem Dafoe, Jean Rochefort and Karel Roden. Directed by Steve Bendelack. [1:28]

I Know Who Killed Me [2007] [R] - 8.8.6
A series of disappearances have a college town on alert for a psychopath, and when another young woman (Lindsay Lohan) disappears but is found alive (albeit missing a few limbs), the police are anxious to uncover what happened to her. However, she insists that she is an entirely different person, and the story she relates is so implausible that she can't convince anyone she's telling the truth. Also with Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough, Brian Geraghty and Garcelle Beauvais. Directed by Chris Sivertson. [1:45]

Bratz: The Movie [2007] [PG] - 3.3.2
Four teenage girls from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds look forward to tackling high school together, but two years later they have split into different cliques. Realizing that they miss each other, they band together and try to de-crown the one girl who runs the school with an iron fist (the principal's daughter). With Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Chelsea Staub and Jon Voight. Directed by Sean McNamara. [1:40]

December

December 4

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End [2007] [PG-13] - 4.7.3
The third installment of the "Pirates" series revisits all of the characters from the previous films, with assorted missions and goals: The British commander is still bent on controlling the seas and annihilating the pirate population, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is still dead-ish, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is desperate to save his father (Stellan Skarsgard) from Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and the Flying Dutchman, and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is desperate to save Jack. Also with Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce and Chow Yun Fat. Directed by Gore Verbinski & George Marshall Ruge. [2:45]

Superbad [2007] [R] - 8.5.10
Two high school seniors and best friends prepare to graduate and head off to separate colleges. In an effort to make their final days memorable they come up with a plan to have sex with a girl sometime before summer is over. With Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bill Hader. Directed by Greg Mottola. [1:54]

Nanny Diaries [2007] [PG-13] - 4.3.5
A young woman (Scarlett Johansson) just graduating from New York University with a degree in Finance and Anthropology is uncertain about her future. In order to try to clear her head and figure out what she wants to do with her life, she takes a position as a nanny for the son of a very wealthy Upper East Side couple. Also with Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Chris Evans and Donna Murphy. Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini. [1:47]

December 11

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007] [PG-13] - 2.6.1
The fifth in the series finds Harry, Ron and Hermione fighting to save Hogwarts from certain destruction under the direction of a Ministry of Magic toady who refuses to teach anything useful. Also, after Harry's last encounter with Lord Voldemort he becomes frustrated, trying to convince those people in charge that there is a serious threat and that they all must prepare. With Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes and Gary Oldman. Directed by David Yates. [2:18]

Bourne Ultimatum [2007] [PG-13] - 3.6.4
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) returns for the third outing as the professional assassin who lost his memory when his conscience got the better of him. Having also lost the only person he cared for, and being pursued by fellow assassins, he tries to finally figure out his true identity and find out who was responsible for taking it away from him. Also with Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn and Paddy Considine. Directed by Paul Greengrass. [1:51]

December 18

The Simpsons Movie [2007] [PG-13] - 5.4.4
The Simpsons make their big screen debut: When Homer pollutes Springfield's lake by dumping in it a large container of pig feces, the insane EPA chief places a dome over the whole city and decides to blow it up. The Simpsons must now save their city, and Homer must redeem himself. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Albert Brooks and Pamela Hayden. Directed by David Silverman. [1:25]

Balls of Fury [2007] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
Christopher Walken stars as the mysterious leader of an organized crime family, who also happens to be a fan of extreme ping-pong. He therefore organizes a competition pitting the best ping-pong players in the world in sudden death matches, where "death" is meant literally. In order to catch him dealing arms, the F.B.I. recruits a former ping-pong champion who has not competed since his father was brutally murdered when he was a young boy. Also with Dan Fogler, George Lopez, Maggie Q and Thomas Lennon. Directed by Robert Ben Garant. [1:30]

Halloween [2007] [R] - 10.10.10
The Michael Myers "Halloween" saga continues with this look at the mass murderer's dysfunctional life around age 10, which presumably explains his subsequent behavior. With Daeg Faerch, Danielle Harris, Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo and Sheri Moon. Directed by Rob Zombie. [1:49]

Stardust [2007] [PG-13] - 4.6.1
A young man (Charlie Cox) vows to bring a star that's fallen from the sky to the beautiful but unfeeling woman he loves, as a token of his devotion. During his quest he ventures into a strange and dangerous realm and eventually finds the star, which has been transformed into a girl (Claire Danes). Also with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sienna Miller. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [2:02]

Underdog [2007] [PG] - 1.3.2
A klutzy ex-police dog acquires super powers when it is given a serum. It then befriends a young loner whose mother recently died and his father disappointed him by quitting the police force, and together they try to thwart the plans of a mad scientist. With Alex Neuberger, Peter Dinklage, James Belushi, Jason Lee and Amy Adams. Directed by Frederik Du Chau. [1:24]

Once [2007] [R] - 2.1.7
Story in Dublin, Ireland about the relationship between a vacuum-cleaner repairman who's also a street musician (Glen Hansard) and a young Czech house cleaner who's also a pianist (Marketa Irglova). She motivates him to finish his long-delayed journey toward a hit CD and recording contract in London. Also starring Alastair Foley, Gerry Hendrick, and Hugh Walsh. Directed by John Carney. [1:28]

December 26

Rush Hour 3 [2007] [PG-13] - 4.5.4
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker reprise their roles as Chief Inspector Lee and LAPD Detective James Carter, in their third outing, which takes place in Paris: When a Chinese ambassador about to reveal the identity of the leader of a notorious crime syndicate is shot and lies in a coma the two detectives travel to France to find out who's responsible. Also with Max von Sydow, Noemie Lenoir and Hiroyuki Sanada. Directed by Brett Ratner. [1:30]

Eastern Promises [2007] [R] - 8.9.7
Crime thriller taking place in modern London: A midwife (Naomi Watts) helps deliver a baby by a 14-year-old Russian girl who dies, and she soon discovers through the girl's diary that she was forced into sexual slavery by a Russian organized crime family. While she tries to find out more about the girl, she meets the Russian-born (Viggo Mortensen) driver for the crime family, who repels and attracts her at the same time. Also with Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Sinead Cusack. Directed by David Cronenberg. [1:40]


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