Cache (R) Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot. When TV host Georges (Daniel Auteuil) begins to receive packages containing videos of himself with his family - shot secretly from the street - he becomes alarmed. Gradually, footage on the tapes becomes more personal, suggesting the anonymous sender has known Georges for some time. Although Georges feels a sense of menace hanging over his family, the police refuse to help because no direct threat has been made. A new thriller from writer/director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), co-starring Juliette Binoche. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. 121 minutes. At Landmark Keystone Cinemas.
Failure to Launch (PG-13) Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Justin Bartha, Kathy Bates, Zooey Deschanel. Romantic comedy. Tripp (McConaughey) has never been able to leave the nest. He's always had some reason or other, but now, his desperate parents have had enough. They hire the gorgeous and talented girl of his dreams (Parker) to get him to move out of the house. 97 minutes.
The Hills Have Eyes (R) Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd, Tom Bower, Billy Drago, Robert Joy, Ted Levine. Update of the 1977 Wes Craven horror story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family ... and they are the prey. 105 minutes.
The Libertine (R) Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike, Richard Coyle. The Libertine highlights the underbelly of the Britocracy of centuries past. Adapted from the play by Stephen Jeffreys, the plot follows the dastardly debauchery of the Earl of Rochester (Depp). A hedonist who makes Oscar Wilde seem moralistic, the Earl spent his days and nights in beds, brothels and bars, awakening from drunken blackouts only to stumble to the nearest whorehouse. Yet this ravishing rake was also possessed of a predilection for poetry, and turned his escapades into acid-tongued witticisms that pepper the film. 130 minutes.
Night Watch (R) Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Viktor Verzhbitsky, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tyunina. For centuries, undercover members of the Night Watch have policed the world's Dark Ones - the vampires, witches, shape-shifters and sorcerers that wage treachery in the night - while the Dark Ones have a Day Watch to police the forces of Light. The fate of humanity rests in this delicate balance between good and evil, but that fate is in jeopardy ... Reminiscent of Blade and Underworld and set in contemporary Moscow, this horror-fantasy is the biggest grossing film in post-Soviet history and the first of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko. Directed and co-written by Timur Bekmambetov. 88 minutes. At Landmark Keystone Cinemas.
The Shaggy Dog (PG) Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Robert Downey, Danny Glover, Zena Grey, Spencer Breslin, Jane Curtin. Tim Allen transforms from family dad to family dog and back again in this update of the Disney 1959 comedy of the same name. When Deputy D.A. Dave Douglas (Allen) is accidentally infected with a top-secret, genetic-mutation serum, everything he thought he knew about being himself and his family changes. Yet with his newly perked-up ears, and his front-row seat on the household carpet, Dave is able to gain a whole new perspective into his family's secrets and dreams. 99 minutes.
16 Blocks (R) Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, David Zayas, David Sparrow. What seems like an easy job for a hump of a drunken cop (Willis) turns into a dramatic and predictable adventure on the mean streets of New York. While Willis - complete with a porno mustache - and Morse do a good job here and Mos Def is only somewhat annoying, the movie doesn't do much and pales in comparison to cop dramas we see every day on TV. - Jim Walker
Aquamarine (PG) Emma Roberts, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Sara Paxton, Jake McDorman, Arielle Kebbel. One for the girls. Following a violent storm, a beautiful and sassy mermaid named Aquamarine washes ashore and into the lives of two teen-age girls. After Aquamarine falls for a local, hunky lifeguard, she enlists the girls' help to win his heart. 109 minutes.
Big Momma's House 2 (PG-13) Martin Lawrence, Elton LeBlanc, Nia Long, Michelle Parylak, Marisol Nichols. Crappy slapstick sequel to the hit comedy about master-of-disguise, FBI special agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) running around dressed like an old lady. If you like the first one, here's more. 99 minutes. - EJO
Brokeback Mountain (R) Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. The much ballyhooed "gay cowboy movie" is a sad, beautiful story of two young men tending sheep in 1963 Wyoming who have sex with each other one cold, liquor-laced night. So what does one cowboy say to the other on the morning after? Not much. "You know I ain't queer," Ennis mutters, to which Jack states, "Me neither." But the sex continues and turns to love, though they are unable to verbalize their feelings. Ang Lee (The Ice Storm) is a polite filmmaker, and he is perhaps a bit too polite with his adaptation of Annie Proulx's superb 1997 short story. Still, the production, packed with great acting (especially by Ledger and Gyllenhaal) in front of gorgeous scenery is a very good film, one of the best of 2005. 134 minutes. - EJO
Capote (R) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Cooper, Bruce Greenwood, Bob Balaban, Mark Pellegrino, Amy Ryan. Capote focuses on the years Truman Capote spent writing his greatest book, In Cold Blood, the story of a murdered family in Kansas. Here we get to see the minutiae that made the man Capote a real piece of work. Philip Seymour Hoffman's Capote is as big a queen as Elizabeth II without any of the grace. As much of a character, even caricature, as Hoffman is in this movie, he somehow remains believable. Director Bennett Miller keeps scenes intense, slow and detailed, which balances out the large and sudden jumps in time. 98 minutes. - Lisa Gauthier
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG) Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, David Kelly, Noah Taylor. The Tim Burton family hit, now on the giant-screen at the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum. 120 minutes.
Curious George (G) Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Dick Van Dyke. The beloved little monkey from the children's books gets his own movie. The filmmakers maintain the tone of the books nicely. Young children should have a good time, but grown-ups will likely be bored to tears once the initial warmth of nostalgia passes. 82 minutes. - EJO
Date Movie (PG-13) Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Cox, Fred Willard. Send-up of boy-meets-girl romantic comedies, from some of the creators of Scary Movie. The film is not being screened for critics, which is usually a very bad sign. But who knows, perhaps the film is so incredibly funny that the studio felt that reviews were unnecessary. 85 minutes.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (R) Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Dante "Mos Def" Smith, Talib Kweli. Acclaimed comic Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with a once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Chappelle performing all-new material, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for their first performance in over seven years - the Fugees. 103 minutes.
Deep Sea 3D (G) Narrated by Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet. A corker, one of the best IMAX movies ever. Filmed over the course of a year, the production introduces viewers to an absolutely incredible array of undersea creatures. Remember the first time you saw the cantina scene in the original Star Wars? Welcome to the underwater version, only the life forms here are even weirder than the freaky denizens of that sci-fi gin joint. What you will see here is far more alien than anything George Lucas ever cooked up. And, thanks to some very effective 3D photography, these alien entities appear to be floating about as close to your face as this newspaper is right now. 40 minutes. At the IMAX Theater in the State Museum. - EJO
Doogal (G) Jon Stewart, Kenan Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Whoopi Goldberg. Cartoon adventure. Legend tells of three magic diamonds that, if in the wrong hands, can be united to create a force powerful enough to freeze the sun. When the evil sorcerer, Zeebad (Stewart), escapes from his ancient prison, he vows to exact revenge by deep-freezing the earth forever. Determined to save the world, a fellowship of four unlikely heroes band together to foil Zeebad's villainous plot. Led by the candy-loving mutt Doogal (Kenan Thompson), friends Dylan (Jimmy Fallon), Brian (William H. Macy), and Ermintrude (Goldberg) embark on an epic adventure to save the world. 85 minutes.
Eight Below (PG) Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Connor Christopher Levins. Disney film about a pack of snow dogs (sans Cuba Gooding, Jr.) left to survive in Antarctica. Inspired by a true story, the film has a March Of The Doggies feel as they survive in the frozen tundra, while the humans, who had to leave their research facility in Antarctica due to really bad weather, try to find them. Paul Walker's performance is good, but he is still upstaged by eight little doggies. Also, these dogs don't talk nor are there tired uses of pop songs with the word "Dog" in the title. Disney must be saving those for their Shaggy Dog remake. 112 minutes - Matthew Socey
Final Destination 3 (R) Ryan Merriman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Texas Battle, Gina Holden, Dustin Milligan. A third round of Rube Goldberg-style deaths in the morbid horror series. This time, a high school student fails to stop a roller coaster ride that she predicted would cause the deaths of several of her friends. As a result, the Grim Reaper comes a calling once again. As Dead Teenagers Movies go, this is one of the more ingenious ones. The deaths are gruesome, but very imaginative and well-staged. 92 minutes. - EJO
Firewall (PG-13) Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Patrick, Robert Forster, Alan Arkin. Generic action-thriller. Ford plays a computer security specialist at a Seattle bank who is forced to electronically rob his own company when his family is taken hostage by Eurotrash villain Bill Cox (Paul Bettany) and his band of thugs. It plays out like this: Smug, smooth-talking Bettany and his gang terrorize the family. Ford grimaces and seethes, but obeys for a while. Finally, he switches to action-hero mode and kicks major Eurotrash ass. The end. The film isn't awful; it's simply lame and redundant. 105 minutes. - EJO
Freedomland (R) Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsythe. Flawed drama about a detective (Jackson) investigating a white woman (Moore) whose car is jacked with her son in the backseat. It's part detective drama, part race-relations drama that never really gels. Director Joe Roth is at time less subtle than Oliver Stone with an anvil. 102 minutes. - Matthew Socey
Good Night and Good Luck (PG) David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson. At just 90 minutes, "Good Night and Good Luck" is a taut, focused look at one pivotal moment. The film is in black and white and it looks absolutely great. The cast is outstanding, particularly David Strathairn as Murrow. Joe McCarthy appears as himself in perfectly integrated film clips. 90 minutes. - EJO
Madea's Family Reunion (PG-13) Tyler Perry, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis, Tangi Miller, Cicely Tyson. Written and directed by Tyler Perry, and based on Perry's stage play, this film reminds viewers that God can help you through any situation and family can be counted on. Madea, played by Perry, known for her aggressive and violent characteristics, becomes a foster parent to an adolescent that doesn't have a family and needs guidance. Madea doesn't disappoint her fans with her motherly love - but she still breaks out a few punches to keep the audience laughing. The film combines black history, comedy, drama and sneak peeks into the family of Madea. Perry's stage play, Madea Goes to Jail, is currently at the Murat (see page 18). 122 minutes. - TaShaya Robertson
Mrs. Henderson Presents (R) Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Kelly Reilly, Christopher Guest, William Young. Based on the true story of London's Windmill Theater, the latest from director Stephen Frears stars Judi Dench as Laura Henderson, a widowed society woman in the 1930s who purchases the abandoned West End venue as a means to help her pass the time. 103 minutes.
Nanny McPhee (PG) Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly MacDonald, Thomas Sangster. In this fable for kids, magical Nanny McPhee (Thompson) enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Firth) and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon (Sangster), have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. 98 minutes.
The Pink Panther (PG) Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer. There was no reason for this movie to have been made. It does nothing new, nothing very funny and insults the intelligence of the audience. But it's still No. 1! The movie also serves, quite crassly, as a huge product placement for Beyonce Knowles. If you're in the mood for The Pink Panther, save some money and go rent one from the original series. If you're in the mood for Steve Martin or Kevin Kline, rent one of their good, old movies. If you're in the mood for Knowles, listen to one of her CDs. - Jim Walker
Roving Mars (G) A giant-screen IMAX visualization of an amazing story that is still going on. On the surface of the planet Mars right now - right this very second - there are two manmade robotic vehicles capable of navigating the rocky surface. Powered by solar panels, they explore the red planet, sending information back to eager scientists on Earth. Steve Squyres, lead science investigator at the NASA/Jet Propulsion laboratory, provides commentary for the 40-minute Disney film, recounting the fascinating story of the building, launching, landing and tasks of the space rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The film uses extensive computer animation to present the travels of the separately-launched rovers. Especially fascinating are segments depicting the separation stages following the launches and the complicated - and quite cool - landing procedures. 40 minutes. At the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum through June 8. - EJO
Running Scared (R) Paul Walker, Chazz Palminteri, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Johnny Messner. To save his family, low-level mobster Walker must recover a gun used in a mob hit before it's found by his bosses or the cops. The production desperately wants to be a Quentin Tarantino movie. It gets the wildly-over-the-top part right, but most everything else is wrong. First mistake: The film stars Paul Walker. Tarantino would never do that. - EJO
Second Chance (PG-13) Michael W. Smith, Jeff Obafemi Carr, J. Don Ferguson, Lisa Arrindell Anderson. Ethan Jenkins (Smith) and Jake Sanders (Carr) are pastors who come from very different backgrounds. Well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at media-savvy suburban mega-church The Rock, while street-smart Jake ministers to the gang members, teen mothers and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance. When the two men are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, they are put to the test. Can the faith they share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance? 102 minutes.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (R) Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cesar Cedillo, January Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Melissa Leo. When ranch foreman Pete Perkins (Jones) discovers that bad-ass border patrolman Mike Norton (Pepper) killed his friend Melquiades Estrada (Cedillo), he kidnaps Norton, makes him dig up the body and lead him deep into Mexico so Estrada can be interred in his hometown. The film, which marks the feature directorial debut of Jones, fits his persona to a tee: it's rough and tough, and though it has a heart, it doesn't blather on about it. There is considerable brutality and a lot of grisly business involving a corpse (Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a clear influence). There also is a streak of dark humor that kicks in at the damnedest times. 120 minutes. - EJO
Transamerica (R) Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Elizabeth Pena, Graham Greene, Burt Young, Carrie Preston. Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives shines as a preoperative transsexual forced to take a cross-country road trip with a sullen 17-year-old (Zegers) who has no idea that the woman behind the steering wheel is his father. First-time feature writer-director Duncan Tucker lays it on a bit thick (Note to the filmmaker: Too many quirky characters in one place can wear out the viewer.) and he stretches credulity awfully thin, even by road movie standards (wait until you see how long it takes Toby to figure out who Bree really is), but his missteps are easy to forgive. Transamerica is a sweet, tender and funny look at two people trying to find out where they fit in the scheme of things. 103 minutes. - EJO
Ultraviolet (PG-13) Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, William Fichtner, Duc Luu. In the distant future, the government wages war against a subculture of disease-modified humans, in whom speed, strength and intelligence are magnified. In the midst of this turmoil a woman finds herself the protector of a 9-year-old boy targeted for death. 85 minutes.
When a Stranger Calls (PG-13) Camilla Belle, John Bobek, Molly Bryant, Madeline Carroll, Katie Cassidy. A young high school student's babysitting gig ends in a nightmare when she receives mysterious phone calls at the house to check on the children, only to find them dead. Years later, the traumatized woman must fight for her life when the stranger starts calling for her. 83 minutes.
The World's Fastest Indian (PG-13) Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Lawford, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Rodriguez, Diane Ladd. Burt Munro (Hopkins) never let the dreams of youth fade. After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt set off from the bottom of the world (New Zealand) to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his times. Munro's 1967 world record remains unbroken and his legend lives on today. 127 minutes.