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Movie times are good from Friday, August 17 through Thursday, August 23 except where noted.


Our rating system uses zero to four stars. If a movie has no rating, it has not been reviewed by Laura Boyes (LB), Godfrey Cheshire (GC), David Fellerath (DF), Kathy Justice (KJ), Neil Morris (NM), Sylvia Pfeiffenberger (SP) or Zack Smith (ZS).

Opening This Week

ARCTIC TALE—Anthropomorphized nature footage and humor that never rises above the level of walrus flatulence hamstrings an otherwise poignant, cautionary parable that illustrates, at moments even better than An Inconvenient Truth, the environmental calamity facing not just the polar icecaps but the wildlife that subsist there, masters of this realm rendered helpless by a crisis beyond their control and comprehension. That Al's daughter Kristin Gore has a screenwriting credit sounds trite until you consider that she is also a regular contributor for the animated series Futurama. Still, the narrative—tracking the life cycles of a mother polar bear and her cubs and a walrus and her calf—is strictly for kids only, a mélange of manipulative editing, '70s and '80s pop music anthems, and hipsta' narration by Queen Latifah that includes incisive observations such as walruses hunt together "because that's just how they roll." Rated G. —NM

DEATH AT A FUNERAL—Director Frank Oz has been responsible for a cinematic gem or two—there's 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, his 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives and, of course, those Muppet movies back in the day. With all that under his belt, it's easy to trace the history of dry wit and absurd family drama encompassed in his latest production, Death at a Funeral. Set in a bristlingly clean English countryside manor, the film features Matthew Macfadyen as Daniel, the son of a recently deceased man who must orchestrate his father's funeral single-handedly. Daniel is overshadowed (and threatened) by his brother Robert (Rupert Graves), who threatens to disrupt the funeral. But things really bubble over when the plot explodes into a sort of comedic jack-in-the-box that employs a gay subplot, powerful hallucinogens and bathroom blowouts to form a dark, off-kilter British farce that's absurdly hilarious and delightfully irreverent. Rated R. —KJ

El Cantante, the story of salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe, opens Friday in select theaters. - PHOTO BY ERIC LIEBOWITZ/ PICTUREHOUSE
EL CANTANTE— Director Leon Ichaso (Pinero) translates the bacchanalian rhythm of '70s nightlife into a modern visual idiom in this biopic starring singer Marc Anthony as Puerto Rican salsa superstar Hector Lavoe. Lavoe's meteoric rise and tragic setbacks (deaths, drug use, AIDS) unfold from the point of view of Puchi, his wife, played by Anthony's real-life wife Jennifer Lopez. Chemistry between the couple and a great soundtrack can't save the jumbled plot, part melodrama and part history lesson, from unravelling. Anthony gives a credible performance as Lavoe, but told through Puchi's eyes, the personal tragedies never gel into transcendence. Rated R. —SP

THE INVASION—One could easily regard this reworking of Don Siegel's 1956 B-movie classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers as a bloated ode to the Hollywood summer blockbuster. Originally masterminded by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Das Experiment), The Invasion was intended as an eerie Outer Limits-style creepfest, with humanoids going berserk over fears of germ warfare and genetic mutations after a space shuttle crash implants a deadly virus on American soil. But alas, the Hollywood bosses called the film a snooze and hired V for Vendetta director James McTeigue and the Wachowski Brothers to inject the film with high-octane action. The result is a hack job from the hell mouth of post-production: Mood shifts lack cohesion, scenes are rushed and plotlines are destroyed in the name of automobile chases and shoot-outs. Still, brimming somewhere underneath its surface, The Invasion whispers of the frightfest it could have been with Hirschbiegel's brilliant depiction of paranoia. Rated PG-13. —KJ

MARIGOLD—A bratty American starlet tries to break into Bollywood with the help of a kindly choreographer (Indian superstar Salman Khan) in this crossover film directed by American Willard Carroll. Positioned as a loving tribute to the Indian film industry, this English-language romantic musical comedy's casting of Ali Larter (Legally Blonde, Heroes) could be astute—or agonizing. Rated PG-13. —LB

SUPERBAD—This teen comedy, co-written by Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, tells of a couple of misfits (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) out to get booze to help them hook up at a wild party. The language is unrelentingly foul, but there's a good, sweet movie about friendship underneath the dirty words. Read our review. Rated R. —ZS

VITUS—This Swiss import works as an instructional video for parents of child geniuses. For the remaining 99.99 percent of the moviegoing public, there is precious little to cheer about a petulant, precocious student and concert pianist who, weary of the pressure of parents who seemingly want the best for him, fakes a head injury and opts for the simple life of learning how to fly an airplane and parlaying millions earned through stock speculation into buying an apartment and his father's waning employer. There is a creepy quality to Vitus (various child actors, including real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) and his half-wit grandfather (Bruno Ganz), offsetting strong performances by Urs Jucker and Julika Jenkins as Vitus' parents. Rated PG. —NM

Current Releases

ANGEL-A—Writer-director Luc Besson's stab at French New Wave winds up a handsome retread of Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and all things Capra. André (Jamel Debbouze) is a down-and-out American—of Algerian descent—in Paris indebted to an assortment of gangsters and without anywhere or anyone to turn. A suicidal plunge into the Seine brings him into contact with a leggy blonde named Angela (Rie Rasmussen, the latest gaunt Besson beauty following Milla Jovovich and Anne Parillaud), who befriends and champions the bumbling, inept André. Debbouze and Rasmussen exude a combustible chemistry in this offbeat love story, and Besson's monochrome cinematography—filmed early morning on barren Parisian rues—is captivating. Indeed, the ingredients are there for an end result more daring than this predictable, uneven fable that feels repetitive at 90 minutes even before its sappy, unimaginative ending. Rated R. —NM

BECOMING JANEPride and Prejudice is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and Becoming Jane attempts to shoehorn Jane Austen's scant biographical details into an outline resembling her most famous work. Anne Hathaway is far too pretty to play our Jane—it's impossible to believe she must live by her wits alone. James McAvoy charms as a sly rogue who steals Jane's heart, much in the manner of the fictional Mr. Darcy. Although the film is bloodless, Jane Austen completists should not be discouraged from its slight pleasures. Rated PG. —LB

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM—A gritty and taut atmosphere lingers throughout this third and ostensibly final chapter of the spy-thriller saga. Director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Tony Gilroy handle plot and character development with a deft touch, punctuated by sensational stunt work and intricate set pieces. If there is a criticism to be issued, it is the air of redundancy that sets in after making three films using the same general formula. Nevertheless, the real triumph is how this throwback to the espionage thrillers of the 1970s has been updated as compelling, exhilarating zeitgeist: a pointed indictment of Bush's War and a depiction of the metastasizing of the covert Bush-era intelligence apparatus. Rated PG-13. —NM

BRATZ—This movie is awful with a capital "A." Based on a line of fashion dolls that has also inspired an animated television program, Bratz falls prey to every teenage dream-scene film that crowds the racks of the local Blockbuster. Regurgitating the prototypical individuality vs. cliques standards of Clueless, Mean Girls and Election, the film attempts to convey a supreme sense of "just be yourself" attitude but instead of achieving this heartwarming mantra, the film turns itself into an advertisement for the MTV-lifestyle. Cute clothes, cuter boys, cool ringtones and a defined sense of self-identity through materialism is not an ideology we should be dressing up and selling to teenage girls. I'm not sure which is worse—the fashionista film or the slutty, belly-baring dolls—I wouldn't expose my kid to either. Rated PG. —KJ

CHAK DE INDIA (LET'S GO, INDIA)—Shah Rukh Khan, the de facto King of Bollywood, stars in this hybrid of an underdog sports movie and a ecumenical patriotic rabble-rouser. A disgraced field hockey coach seeks to restore his honor by training a raggedy group of athletes for the Women's World Cup. The women, for their part, are defying family pressures in order to compete. Feminism, religious and political unity, a dash of humor and a plucky team: It's hard to be curmudgeonly about Chak De India. Not rated. —­LB

DADDY DAY CAMP—Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) makes his feature directorial debut in this sequel to Daddy Day Care, with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding assuming Eddie Murphy's role. Rated PG.

HAIRSPRAY—The 1988 film Hairspray was indie-film maverick John Waters' valentine to his high school BFF, the flamboyant plus-size drag queen Divine. A Utopian view of rock 'n' roll and rhythm 'n' blues as a powerful force for good, the euphoric Hairspray embraces the pleasantly plump and the oppositely colored, without explicitly voicing Waters' real plea, acceptance of the differently oriented. John Travolta, as Edna Turnblad, is clearly enjoying himself in a fable that asserts one can be oneself and still be catnip to the cutest boy in town. Rated PG. —LB

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX—Adapted from the first Potter novel written after 9/11, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) issue a call to arms against the amassing army of evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), but are met with disbelief and derision by bureaucratic forces more bent upon transforming Hogwarts into an Orwellian micro-society. This is Harry Potter at its most subversive and jingoistic, a revitalizing reprieve from the incessant array of banal curses and secret passageways. Even still, the film winds up like all the others: a wand-waving showdown against the backdrop of Harry's ongoing Skywalker-esque temptation by the Dark Side. Rated PG-13. —NM

HOT ROD—Spend 88 minutes staring directly at Andy Samberg's goofy mug and it's hard not to get distracted by his physical appearance: He has a large mouth and this time it's sublimely decorated by a pasted-on, Burt Reynolds-style mustache. He also conveys some minor-league sex appeal, a first for an SNL regular turned feature film star. But being distracted by Samberg's looks is a bad sign that points to an underdeveloped plot: Samberg plays Rod Kimble, a moped-riding, Evel Knievel-channeling stuntman who needs to raise $50,000 to pay for his stepfather's heart transplant. Rated PG-13. —KJ

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY—I cannot decide which is more egregious—an ostensibly pro-gay tolerance film crammed with more demeaning stereotypes than I can count, or that some modicum of this bile was penned by Alexander Payne and his longtime co-scribe Jim Taylor. Like most of Sandler's lowbrow laughers, a wad of infantile, offensive humor—Rob Schneider again dons yellow-face in a marriage scene that simultaneously insults homosexuals, Asians, Jews and the homeless—tries to camouflage itself behind a facade of issue-oriented earnestness. I'm not buying it, any more than two straight men taking advantage of a hard-fought legal status for their financial gain being propped up as spokesmen for the gay cause. Rated PG-13. —NM

ONCE—You can look at this ingenious Irish low-budgeter as a sketch of a young pop musician's life, or as a refreshingly oblique romance. Either way, John Carney's 88-minute coup is one of recent indie cinema's most adroit and charming films. A struggling young guitarist-songwriter is busking on a Dublin street when a Czech immigrant girl engages him in conversation and asks him to fix her vacuum cleaner(!). From there, we head toward the tricky intersection of musical ambition and fragile romantic possibility. The scene where the couple first sits down at a piano and plays, as well as the out-of-left-field final scene, are pure inspiration. Rated R. —GC

RATATOUILLE—Director Brad Bird offers a luminous third act on the heels of his equally superb Iron Giant and The Incredibles and firmly ensconces himself as Hollywood's animated film laureate. Here, the Parisian setting is a mere appetizer, an enchanting first course before an entrée of complex, even poignant life lessons as seen through the eyes of a rat and wannabe chef named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Pixar Animation's latest triumph underscores the human capacity for both creativity and cataclysm, and it accentuates the themes of personal achievement and nurturing one's talents in the face of countervailing cultural and societal impediments. Oh, and it's darn funny, too. Rated G. —NM

RESCUE DAWN—In his first Hollywood production, an adaptation of his own 1998 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Werner Herzog serves up a sharply crafted, dramatic account of German-born Navy pilot Dieter Dengler being shot down over Laos in the Vietnam War, then enduring a hellish imprisonment and arduous escape odyssey. Though it's more a straightforward genre picture minus much of Herzog's visionary idiosyncrasy, the film boasts terrific performances by Christian Bale (as Dengler), Jeremy Davies and Steve Zahn, and has extra emotional heft due to the German auteur's obvious identification with his subject. Rated PG-13. —GC

RUSH HOUR 3—The reported $20 million salary paid to Chris Tucker to reprise the role of Detective James Carter seems like money well spent since his signature rapid-fire riffs are the only thing carrying the third leg of a film series that is, in actuality, the Americanized version of co-star Jackie Chan's old Hong Kong cop actioners, including the insipid storylines but sans the now 53-year-old Chan's renowned stunt work. In a sequence that has more layers of meaning than space allows me to elucidate, a trip through Chinatown provides a clue as to the whereabouts of a crime syndicate, leading Carter and Chan's Inspector Lee to fly to Paris where they are first mistakenly accosted—and digitally violated—by a French cop played by Roman Polanski. Unfortunately, the rest of this banal buddy-cop road flick can be best summed up by a line heard during a musical montage set to Elton John's Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word: "It's a sad, sad situation/ And it's getting more and more absurd." Rated PG-13. —NM

SICKO—If right-wing pundits thought Michael Moore was down for the count, they're apt to be staggered by this haymaker of a movie. Easily Moore's best, most skillfully argued film, it reins in the filmmaker's comic and rhetorical excesses to deliver a focused, probing and ultimately devastating critique of America's greed-driven, grotesquely inept health care system, an analysis arguably compelling enough to push that issue to the top of Election 2008's agenda. Sure, it leaves some questions unaddressed, but its overall effect is extraordinarily powerful and challenging. Rated PG-13. —GC

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE—There are more genuine laughs per each of this film's 87 minutes than any movie you will see this summer. Still, a similar declaration can usually be made about any given Simpsons television episode, so elongating one of them to feature-film length does not by itself make a transcendent feature film. Homer draws the ire of his neighbors after he pollutes Lake Springfield to the point that the federal government, led by President Schwarzenegger, decides to quarantine the city under a giant glass dome. The cunning wit of creator Matt Groening and Co. remains sharp, but, when Homer opens the movie by chastising the audience for paying to watch something they can see on TV for free, the comment feels more incisive than ironic. Rated PG-13. —NM

STARDUST—Thirty minutes in, this adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's 1997 comic novella-turned-hardback sensation feels as banal as it is byzantine. Unicorns, magical spells and sundry other genre gimcracks abound in a cheeky adventure-comedy penned by filmmakers who have clearly seen A Princess Bride a few too many times. However, you gradually become immersed in this fantastic universe and its Gen Y verve, thanks to director Matthew Vaughn's sterling cinematography and set design and an enthusiastic, eclectic cast, including Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, a dandy Robert De Niro and a sensational Michelle Pfeiffer. Rated PG-13. —NM

TALK TO ME—Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), Talk to Me is the story of radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle), an ex-con and drug addict-turned-political activist and comedy personality. Alongside Greene, we get the story of his manager, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a WOL program director who plays it straight, modeling his life after that of Johnny Carson. This internal parallel, a pious man plated against a hot-wired loud-mouth activist, sets up the dynamics of the film as the relationship is used to look out on race relations in America during the '60s. Yet, the inevitable biopic arc is Talk to Me's downfall, and the added romanticism and neat repackaging of Greene's career eclipses the man himself. Rated PG-13. —ZS

UNDERDOG—The original 1960s cartoon was charming because of the cute, limited animation and actor Wally Cox's nerdy-but-intrepid readings of lines like "There's no need to fear! Underdog is here!" The film version uses a live-action dog with the gravely voice of Jason Lee, and trades in the cuteness for lousy talking-dog effects and every bad canine joke known to man. Even Peter Dinklage, in the thankless role of mad scientist Simon Bar Sinister, can't keep his dignity. Kids might find Underdog cute, but please, please just take them to Ratatouille again. Horrifyingly, Jason Lee is due to appear in another live-action cartoon adaptation, Alvin and the Chipmunks, in just a few months. It's a sad, sad era for children's cinema. Rated PG. —ZS

WHO'S YOUR CADDY?—In this schlocky urban film, director Don Michael Paul attempts to amplify the cultural differences between whites and blacks with a retooling of Harold Ramis' Caddyshack, in which rap mogul C-Note (Outkast's Antwan "Big Boi" Patton) attempts to gain membership in the ostensibly blue-blooded Carolina Pines Country Club where his father once served as a caddy. But the film fizzles out as it relies too much on misaligned racial notions. (All black people smoke weed and club dance to hip-hop jams, while whites wear pastels and listen to Beethoven, right?) Much worse, after a barrage of big-dick jokes and bootie-ho cameos, Paul moves into a sentimental landscape that's more painfully trite than touching and has no place in a film this crass. Rated PG-13. —KJ

Times are subject to change, and we recommend calling ahead to confirm.


Beaver Creek Cinema 12
Beaver Creek Shopping Center, off NC 55, Apex. 676-3456.

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Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 645-1111.

Are We Done Yet?—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Away From Her—1:25, 4, 7:10, 10. Blades of Glory—1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. Disturbia—1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer—1:10, 3:20, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55. Knocked Up—1:10, 4:20, 7:15, 10. Meet the Robinsons—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Mr. Brooks—1:15, 4, 7:10, 9:50. Nancy Drew—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Ocean's Thirteen—1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Shrek the Third—1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:35, 9:50. Spider-Man 3—1, 4, 7, 10. Surf's Up—1:20, 3:20, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55. Wild Hogs—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10.

Brier Creek Stadium 14
8611 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh. 484-9994.

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Carmike Cinema
5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh. 645-1111.

The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Bratz—1:15, 7:05. Daddy Day Camp—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:45. Hairspray—4, 9:50. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 4, 7, 10. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—9:35. The Invasion—1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. The Last Legion—1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 9:45. The Laugh Factory Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Ratatouille—1, 7 (No Thu). Rush Hour 3—1:15, 1:45, 3:20, 4, 5:25, 6:15, 7:35, 8:30, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 10:45. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Skinwalkers—4:20, 9:35. Stardust—1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55. Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 10. Underdog—1 (No Tue-Wed), 3:10 (No Tue-Wed), 5:15, 7:25. Who's Your Caddy?—1:45, 4, 7:15, 9:30.

Colony Theatre
Colony Shopping Center, 5438 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. 856-0111.

Death at a Funeral—7, 9:15. Also Fri-Sun 2, 4:30. Talk to Me—7:10, 9:35. Also Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:15.

Crossroads 20
501 Caitboo Ave, Crossroads Shopping Center, Cary. 226-2000.

Arctic Tale—Sun-Thu 11:45, 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45. The Bourne Ultimatum—Sun-Thu 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:10, 7:20, 9, 10:25. Bratz—Sun-Thu 11:40. Daddy Day Camp—Sun-Thu 12:05, 2:55, 5:20. Hairspray—Sun-Thu 11:35, 2:20, 5:25, 8:25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:40, 8:15. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—Sun-Thu 2:10, 5:10, 8:50. The Invasion—Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05. The Last Legion—Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:15, 7, 9:50. Live Free or Die Hard—Sun-Thu 2:15, 5:30, 9:30. No Reservations—Sun-Thu 11:55, 2:40, 6:20, 9:25. Ratatouille—Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:30. Rush Hour 3—Sun-Thu 11:30, 12:30, 1, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:50, 6:40, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 10:15. The Simpsons Movie—Sun-Thu 1:05, 3:25, 5:40, 8:05, 10:20. Stardust—Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7:10, 10:10. Superbad—Sun-Thu 12:45, 1:45, 3:45, 4:50, 6:50, 7:50, 9:40, 10:30. Underdog—Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:10, 6:55, 9:10.

Galaxy Cinema
770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary. 463-9989,

Becoming Jane—1:05, 4:05, 7, 9:30. Chak De India—Fri-Sun 3, 9:40; Mon-Thu 3 only. Death at a Funeral—1:10, 3:10, 7:15, 9:20. The Last Legion—1:25, 4:10, 7:20. Marigold—Fri-Sun 6:15, 9:45. Mon-Thu 7:30. Once—1, 5:15. Rescue Dawn—4 (No Sat). Sicko—1:20, 7:10. Talk to Me—1:15, 4:15, 7:05, 9:35.

Garner Towne Square
2600 Timber Dr, Garner. 779-2212.

The Bourne Ultimatum, Daddy Day Camp, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Invasion, Rush Hour 3, The Simpsons Movie, Stardust, Superbad, Transformers, Underdog. Call for times.

IMAX Theatre at Exploris
201 E Hargett St, Raleigh. 834-4040.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 3D, The Greatest Places, Mystery of the Nile, Sharks 3D. Call for times.

Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh. 834-2233.

The Bourne Ultimatum—1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50. The Invasion—1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40. Rush Hour 3—1, 2:55, 4:50, 7:25, 9:45. Stardust—1, 4, 7, 9:40. Superbad—1:20, 4:15, 7:30, 9:55.

Movies at North Hills 14
4150 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh. 786-4511.

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Park Place 16
9525 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville. 645-1111.

Becoming Jane—1:10, 4:35, 7, 9:40. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Daddy Day Camp—1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:45. El Cantante—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Hairspray—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 4, 7, 10. The Invasion—1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. The Last Legion—1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 9:45. No Reservations—1:15 (No Tue-Wed), 4:10, 7, 9:45. Ratatouille—1:15, 4, 7 (No Thu), 9:30 (No Thu). The Laugh Factory Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Rush Hour 3—1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Stardust—1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55. Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Transformers—1, 4, 7, 10. Underdog—1:30, 3:30, 5:35, 7:45, 9:55.

Raleigh Grande
Corner of Glenwood Ave and Lynn Rd, Raleigh. 226-2000.

Arctic Tale—12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. The Bourne Ultimatum—12:35, 2, 3:15, 4:35, 6:15, 7:15, 9, 10. Daddy Day Camp—12:10, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30. Hairspray—1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—12:20, 6:20. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry—1:05, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30. The Invasion—12:30, 2:50, 5:40, 8, 10:20. The Last Legion—1:30, 4, 7:10, 9:40. No Reservations—3:55, 9:20. Ratatouille—12:40, 3:20, 6:25, 9:10. Rush Hour 3—12:45, 1:45, 3, 4:15, 5:25, 6:30, 7:35, 8:45, 10:15. The Simpsons Movie—1:35, 3:45, 5:55, 8:10, 10:25. Stardust—1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:45. Superbad—12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30. Underdog—12:05, 2:10, 4:20, 6:35, 8:40.

Raleighwood Cinema Grill
Falls Village Shopping Center, Raleigh. 847-0326.

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Rialto Theater
1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 856-0111.

Becoming Jane—7, 9:25. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Rocky Horror Picture Show—Fri midnight.

Six Forks Station Cinema
9500 Forum Dr, Raleigh. 846-3904.

Arctic Tale—1, 3, 5, 7:05, 9:10. The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50. The Last Legion—12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. Rush Hour—1:05, 3:15, 5, 5:15, 7:25, 9:40. Stardust—1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40. Underdog—1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10.

White Oak Village
1205 Timber Dr East, Garner. 676-FILM.

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Carolina Theatre
309 W Morgan St, Durham. 560-3030,

Once—7:15, 9:10. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:20. Sicko—7:10, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30. Vitus—7, 9:25. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:25.

Northgate Stadium 10
1056 W Club Blvd, Durham. 286-1001.

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Southpoint Cinemas
8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham. 676-3456.

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Starlite Drive-In
2523 E Club Blvd, Durham. 688-1037.

Closed until further notice.

1800 Martin Luther King Blvd, Durham. 489-9020.

The Bourne Ultimatum—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 12:15. Bratz—1:15, 4:20, 7, 9:30. Also Fri-Sat—12. Daddy Day Camp—1, 7:35 (No Thu). El Cantante—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 12:20. Hairspray—1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—1, 4, 7, 10. The Invasion—1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. Also Fri-Sat 11:50. The Last Legion—1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 12:10. No Reservations—1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 12:30. Ratatouille—1 (No Tue-Wed), 7. The Laugh Factor Comedy Show—Thu 7:45, 9:45. Rush Hour 3—1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. Also Fri-Sat 11:55. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55. Skinwalkers—4, 9:50. Stardust—1:10, 4, 7, 9:45. Superbad—1:15, 4, 7, 9:40. Transformers—4:15, 9:45 (No Thu). Underdog—1, 3:10, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35. Also Fri-Sat 11:45.

Chapel Hill

Timberlyne Village Mall, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. 968-3005.

Arctic Tale—7:10, 9:40. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:40. Becoming Jane—7, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30. Death at a Funeral—7:20, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:20.

Southern Village, NC 15-501 South, Chapel Hill. 932-9000.

The Bourne Ultimatum—12, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Evan Almighty (Outdoor Screen)— Fri-Sat 8:30. The Last Legion—12:30, 2:50, 5, 7:25, 9:40. Rush Hour 3—12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 7:05, 9:35. The Simpsons Movie—1, 3, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40. Stardust—1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:45.

Movies at Timberlyne
Timberlyne Shopping Center, 120 Banks Dr off Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. 933-8600.

Call for shows and times.

123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 967-8665.

Superbad—7:10, 9:30. Also Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:40. Talk to Me—7, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 2, 4:30.


Graham Cinema
119 N Main St, Graham. (336) 226-1488.

Ocean's Thirteen—7, 9:15. Shrek the Third—Fri 5; Sat-Sun 3, 5.


Palace Pointe
5050 Durham Rd, Roxboro. (336) 598-5050.

Call for shows and times.

Special Showings

Chronological by date and time

The Triangle Indie Film Meetup Group: Events posted at

Elvis' Grave: Thu, Aug 16, 7 pm: Rocky Horror meets Viva Las Vegas in this film by Dave Hughens, shot in the 1990 but revived for the observance of the King's death 30 years ago this month. Q&A with Hughens afterward. $8-6. The Rialto, 1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 856-8683.

Take Three: Fri, Aug 17, 8 pm: Three films by local filmmakers. Two are adapted from locally written plays by Nick Karner & the third is Mr Moonlight, directed by Ken Peterson & featuring Joan Darling & Estes Tarver. $5. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787,

NC Museum of Art's Movies on the Lawn: Fri, Aug 17, 9 pm: The Player, Robert Altman's classic Hollywood satire from 1992. Sat, Aug 18, 9 pm: A Prairie Home Companion, the final film by Robert Altman, preceded by a live musical performance by Robin & Linda Williams. $15-7.50. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 839-6262,

The Iron Wall: Sun, Aug 19, 3 pm: Film by Mohammed Alatar features interviews with Israeli & Palestinian peace activists & political analysts, Israeli settlers & soldiers & Palestinian farmers. Sponsored by Women's Int'l League for Peace & Freedom-Triangle Branch & the Coalition for Peace with Justice. Free. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr. 968-1888.

Viva Cuba: Sun, Aug 26, 5 pm: A French-Cuban co-production from 2005 that examines Cuban issues through a child-centered Romeo & Juliet-style plot. Free. CHICLE, 101 E Weaver St, 3rd floor, Carrboro. 933-0398.

Carrboro Film Festival: The 2nd annual Carrboro Film Festival is seeking submissions from filmmakers. The only requirements are that the filmmaker has had a brush with Orange County & that the film is no longer than 20 minutes. Formats: film, video or digital photos. Fees are $15/submission for entries submitted by Aug 30; $30 for those entered by the late deadline, Sep 20. Entry forms at

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