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The Hitcher (R): Music video director Dave Meyers remakes the 1986 suspense flick about college sweethearts who pick up a hitchhiker, played by Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean, who is so clearly above this. Canandaigua, Tinseltown

Pan's Labyrinth (R): Excellent Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) wrote and directed this fable about a girl who creates an enchanted world for herself beyond the fascism of 1944 Spain. Little

Volver (R): Pedro Almodóvar's latest showcases a deft ensemble cast, led by Golden Globe nominee Penélope Cruz, in a sweetly funny melodrama about a family trying to make sense of death and resurrection. Reviewed in this issue.Little


Continuing

Alpha Dog (R): Filmmaker Nick Cassavetes follows up 2004's The Notebook with this decidedly different tale based on the true story of a young drug dealer who kidnaps the little brother of his rival. Stars Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, and Sharon Stone. Tinseltown

Arthur and the Invisibles (PG): Luc Besson adapts the children's book he wrote about a young boy who travels to a magical land to save his grandpa's home. With Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, and the voices of Madonna and Snoop Dogg.Brockport, Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

Black Christmas (R): Is there a better way to celebrate the birth of Christ than with a remake of the 1974 gorefest about a psycho terrorizing a sorority? No; this is what He would have wanted.

Blood Diamond (PG-13): Leonardo DiCaprio, DjimonHounsou, and Jennifer Connelly star in director Edward Zwick's (The Last Samurai) indictment of the Sierra Leone diamond trade.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R): Sacha Baron Cohen plays a Kazakh TV personality sent to learn about "the U, S and A" in this heavily hyped flick that blurs the line between fiction and reality.

Casino Royale (PG-13): The newest installment in the James Bond film franchise is this adaptation of Ian Fleming's first Bond novel. Daniel Craig stars as 007, Danish actor MadsMikkelsen plays the bad guy, and there are no doubt big guns, tiny guns, and double-crossing sluts. Cinema

Charlotte's Web (PG): The live-action version of E.B. White's classic about the hog named Wilbur and the spider named Charlotte stars Dakota Fanning and features the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, and Oprah Winfrey, to name but a few. Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

Children of Men (R): Shapeshifter Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien) follows up his Harry Potter installment with this sci-fi thriller about a human race which has lost the ability to perpetuate itself. Stars Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.Tinseltown

Code Name: The Cleaner (PG-13): Cedric the Entertainer plays an amnesiac janitor who believes he's an undercover agent carrying a dangerous secret. Co-starring Lucy Liu, who presumably produced this on purpose.

Curse of the Golden Flower (R): International mega-stars Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li lead the cast of this costumed epic about a murderously dysfunctional family. From the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Little, Tinseltown

Déjà Vu (PG-13): Jerry Bruckheimer + Tony Scott + Denzel Washington = Crimson Tide as well as their new action movie, in which Washington plays an ATF agent who harnesses the titular power.

Dreamgirls (PG-13): The screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical not-so-secretly based on Diana Ross and the Supremes stars Beyoncé Knowles, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy, whose performance is generating Oscar talk of his own. Brockport, Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

Employee of the Month (PG-13): Overexposed comedian Dane Cook plays a store employee trying to impress his new coworker, played by overexposed human Jessica Simpson.

Eragon (PG): Christopher Paolini's bestselling sword-and-sorcery epic about a boy and his dragon stars Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and DjimonHounsou. Canandaigua

Freedom Writers (PG-13): Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars as a Long Beach teacher who unifies her disadvantaged kids by getting them to write about their troubled lives. Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

The Good Shepherd (R): Robert DeNiro's first directorial effort since 1993's A Bronx Tale stars Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and DeNiro himself in a Cold War-era spy flick that takes a look at the early history of the CIA. Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

Happily N'EverAfter (PG): When the wizard in charge of Fairy Tale World goes on holiday, Cinderella's wicked stepmother takes over in this animated tale featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Andy Dick. Canandaigua, Tinseltown

Happy Feet (PG-13): Elijah Wood and Robin Williams provide a couple of the voices in this CGI tale of a penguin looking for his soul mate.

The Holiday (PG-13): Writer-director Nancy Meyer's appallingly titled follow-up to Something's Gotta Give features Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as disillusioned singletons who house-swap in an effort to shake up their lives. Jack Black ensues. Cinema

Little Children (R): Kate Winslet stars as an unhappy housewife who turns the playground upside-down when she embarks on an affair with a stay-at-home dad in Todd Field's (In the Bedroom) adaptation of the novel by Tom Perrotta (Election).

Night at the Museum (PG): Ben Stiller plays a security guard at the Museum of Natural History who accidentally unleashes an ancient curse that causes the exhibits to come to life. Also stars Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, as well as some people who aren't in every other movie. Brockport, Canandaigua, Geneseo, IMAX, Tinseltown

Notes on a Scandal (R): CateBlanchett plays a teacher having an affair with a much-younger student, and Dame Judi Dench plays the woman keeping her secret at an increasing cost. Little

Open Season (PG): More animated animals make humans look dumb. Featuring the voices of Ashton Kutcher (go away!) and Martin Lawrence (sane yet?).

The Painted Veil (R): Naomi Watts and Edward Norton star in this adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel about a young English couple whose journey into the heart of China has a profound effect on their shaky marriage. Reviewed this issue.Little

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (R): Patrick Süskind's international bestseller about an 18th century Parisian man whose obsession with scent drives him to murder has been brought to the screen by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).

The Prestige (R): Christopher Nolan pauses between Batman films for this tale of two Victorian-era magicians (played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman) whose fierce rivalry turns dangerous.

Primeval (R): Dominic Purcell (TV's Prison Break) stars in this thriller about a news team hunting a deadly 25-foot crocodile in South Africa. Canandaigua, Geneseo, Tinseltown

The Pursuit of Happyness (PG-13): In Will Smith's latest bid for Oscar glory he flecks his hair with gray to portray a struggling salesman who gets custody of his son (played by Smith's son Jaden) just as professional opportunity knocks. Brockport, Canandaigua, Geneseo

The Queen (PG-13): Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in this look at the days following the death of Princess Diana in which she skirmished with Tony Blair over the proper way to honor the popular public figure. Canandaigua, Little

Rocky Balboa (PG): In this corner, weighing in at 60 years old, is Sylvester Stallone, writing, directing, and starring in what has to be the final Rocky movie. Right?Right?Canandaigua, Tinseltown

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (G): Santa Claus battles Jack Frost, and I run out of ways to express my dislike for Tim Allen. Enjoy.

Stomp the Yard (PG-13): A troubled Los Angeleno attends college in Atlanta only to be wooed by competing fraternities who both need his dance moves to win the national step contest. Canandaigua, Tinseltown

Stranger Than Fiction (G): The increasingly prolific Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) directs Will Ferrell in a existential-y comedy about an IRS agent whose life is interrupted by the voice of a narrator (Emma Thompson) who knows his every move. Also stars Queen Latifah, Dustin Hoffman, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

We Are Marshall (PG): Matthew McConaughey stars in the true story of how the football program at MarshallUniversity decided to soldier on despite a plane crash that killed its entire team. Also features Deadwood's Ian McShane.Tinseltown

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