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03.22.2004

THIS WEEK'S THEATRICAL RELEASES

You can always check into our UPCOMING MOVIES section for all of the latest info on all the upcoming movie releases, but we thought we'd start every week off with a quick check on this coming week's new films. Here's what's opening on Friday, March 26th, 2004.

FILMS IN WIDE RELEASE

JERSEY GIRL

Ollie Trinke (Affleck) is at the top of his game. A smooth Manhattan music publicist, Ollie has just married the love of his life (Lopez) and has a child on the way. It's a perfect life that is tragically upended when he suddenly finds himself a single father unqualified for his new role. Before long, Ollie's big city lifestyle clashes head on with fatherhood. After losing his job, he's forced to move back in with his father (Carlin) in the New Jersey suburb where he was raised. With the help of a beautiful young friend (Tyler) who opens him up to love again, and the daughter (Castro) who gives him the courage to keep going, he begins to realize that sometimes, you have to forget about what you thought you were and just accept who you are.


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THE LADYKILLERS

Tom Hanks teams up for the first time with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen for this retelling of the critically acclaimed 1955 comedy, THE LADYKILLERS. Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who's assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the century. The thieves: experts in explosions, tunneling, and muscle, and the critical inside man. The base of operations: the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going little old lady named Mrs. Munson (Hall). The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr's thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have all seriously underestimated their upstairs host. When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to do her in. After all, how hard can it be to knock off one old lady?


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NEVER DIE ALONE

Based on cult novelist Donald Goines’ novel of the same name, NEVER DIE ALONE is a richly literate film noir about King David (DMX), a hard-boiled, stylish criminal who returns to his hometown seeking redemption but finding only violent death. But he did not die alone...King David’s final moments are spent with Paul (David Arquette) an aspiring journalist who knew him just a few minutes but upon whose life he would forever have an impact. King David – half preacher, half Satan, and all street smarts – had recorded the story of his recent exploits on audiotape, leaving behind an often-poetic sermon on villainy and its consequences. The tapes reveal that the cycle of violence and retribution his actions have spawned has come back on him full circle, as he suspected it might all along...


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SCOOBY-DOO 2:
MONSTERS UNLEASHED

In Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Scooby and the gang lose their cool – and their stellar reputation – when an anonymous masked villain wreaks mayhem on the city of Coolsville with a monster machine that re-creates classic Mystery Inc. foes like The Pterodactyl Ghost, The Black Knight and The 10,000 Volt Ghost. Under pressure from relentless reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone) and the terrified citizens of Coolsville, the gang launches an investigation into the mysterious monster outbreak that leaves Shaggy and Scooby questioning their roles in Mystery Inc. The ever-ravenous duo, determined to prove they’re great detectives, don a series of far-out disguises in their search for clues. Meanwhile, brainy Velma (Linda Cardellini) becomes smitten with a key suspect, Coolsville Museum curator Patrick Wisely (Seth Green), as macho leader Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and image-conscious Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) attempt to determine the identity of the Evil Masked Figure who is unleashing the monsters in an attempt to take over Coolsville.


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FILMS IN LIMITED RELEASE

DOGVILLE

The beautiful fugitive, Grace (Nicole Kidman), arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom (Paul Bettany), the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in, the people of Dogville demand a better deal in exchange for the risk of harboring poor Grace and she learns the hard way that in this town, goodness is relative. But Grace has a secret and it is a dangerous one.


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NED KELLY

Ned Kelly (Ledger) and his brother Dan, sons of an Irish pig thief exiled to the Australian penal colony in 1843, formed the core of the Kelly Gang (with two other men), an outlaw gang (they were called "bushrangers", not "cowboys") that roamed across Australia for over two wild years. Kelly was a clever bandit, making his own homemade armor, including steel chest plates and helmets, to stop bullets from stopping him. Kelly was first arrested at 16 for horse stealing, but he became an outlaw when he killed a police officer who was harrassing his brother.


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SHADE

In the shady atmosphere of an underground gambling club, LA's card sharks come out to play. Deception and trickery is the only rule in a game where nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a poker face. The hustlers get hustled, and a fortune rests on every deal. In the magic hour on a desert highway, a black speedster races towards the shimmering lights of the City of Angels. The driver's hand effortlessly holds and cuts a deck of cards over and over; a magician performing his tricks. This is VERNON (Townsend). The card mechanic. Vernon's old flame TIFFANY (Newton) is the kind of woman who will cut out a man's heart if it will earn her a fast buck. Her fellow conman-in-crime MILLER (Byrne) shoots for any deal that has a payout; be it a petty hustle or a sophisticated scam. This is a hard-edged crew with a common goal: to beat the ultimate card mechanic - THE DEAN (Stallone) - a man for whom players will drop their entire bankroll, just to say that they have taken a seat at his table. But The Dean's table doesn't come cheap. Vernon needs a hundred grand to buy his way in; small change to the high rollers that play in this hand. His particular line of credit comes in the form of a poker game and a greedy card player named JENNINGS.

However, in the illusory world of underground gaming, nothing is as it seems. Although clever with the cards, Jennings is foolish enough to play with someone else's cash. Suddenly the crew is being pursued by dangerous thugs and a vengeful gangster. To further complicate matters, Tiffany and Miller have personal agendas of their own. Miller is planning a future with Tiffany, but she still carries a torch for Vernon, and has her own ideas for pushing Miller swiftly out of the picture. Is the loser actually the loser, or is it just another maneuver in the mechanic's master scam?


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SHAOLIN SOCCER

The action comedy SHAOLIN SOCCER has become the all-time most successful Hong Kong production ever--in part due to its eye-popping action, crazy special effects and wicked humor. The film has shattered box office figures throughout Asia and has won many awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Visual Effects at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Stephen Chow, who has appeared in over 50 films, is arguably, the most famous and loved comedian in Asia today.

Shaolin was an art practiced through the ages; a skill mastered in the heart. In SHAOLIN SOCCER, it is so much more than a philosophy for six young believers. It is a complete way of life. But as the world changed around them, and Honor and Discipline become forgotten virtues, they lose their way --except for one loyal follower, Sing (Chow). With the help of a former soccer star, he reunites his old, out of shape, misfit friends, and recruits a young woman with extraordinary Kung Fu skills. Together, they're out to combine the ancient power of Shaolin with the modern game of soccer and in the process, just might take the world's most popular sport to its most extreme.


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