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‘Pink Panther 2’

Steve Martin continues his attempts to revive the late, great Peter Sellers’ creation – the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau – with Clouseau this time fumbling his quest to corral …


‘Coraline’

Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this animated film tells the story of a young girl (voice by Dakota Fanning) who discovers a secret door in her home that takes her …


‘Push’

A group of young Americans with unique abilities (telekinetic and/or clairvoyant) is targeted by an ultrasecret U.S. agency. Running time/rating: 1:51; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, …


Frigid Minnesota puts Zellweger to the test in latest film

Renee Zellweger is the first to tell you that she’s been “spoiled” at the “unbelievable way” her life and acting career have worked out. An Oscar, epic paychecks, a dazzling …


‘Taken’ casts Liam Neeson well

Three self-evident truths emerge from “Taken,” the lean and brutal thriller about why one should never kidnap a retired secret agent’s daughter. First, Liam Neeson could have had a helluva …


Woody Allen’s ‘Barcelona’ looks at love

‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’


One more vote for ‘Slumdog’

New York gossip columnist Cindy Adams thinks she has the inside dope on the upcoming Oscars broadcast, set for Feb. 22. According to Adams, “the money’s on”:


At a glance: ‘Taken’

A former spy (Liam Neeson) relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade. Running time/rating: 1:34; rated PG-13 …


At a glance: ‘New in Town’

Renée Zellweger stars as an efficiency expert from sunny Miami sent to chilly Minnesota to oversee layoffs at a small-town manufacturing plant. Running time/rating: 1:36; rated PG-13 for brief, strong …


At a glance: ‘The Uninvited’

A mentally unstable girl’s recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home. Running time/rating: 1:27; rated PG-13 for violent …


Ron Howard creates drama, suspense in ‘Frost/Nixon’

History makes a great first draft for Hollywood. Case in point: Ron Howard’s newly Oscar-nominated “Frost/Nixon,” which Peter Morgan adapted from his stage play about the series of taped interviews …


DiCaprio, Winslet swap ocean for ‘Road’

That pesky iceberg kept Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from growing into an old married couple in “Titanic.” They finally get to test-drive a long-term relationship in “Revolutionary Road,” and …


DVDs: ‘Huang Shi’ has good intentions

‘Max Payne’


At a glance: ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’

This prequel to the “Underworld” series focuses on the werewolf leader (Michael Sheen) who rallies his side to revolt against the vampire king (Bill Nighy) who has enslaved them. Running …


‘Frost/Nixon’

In the summer of 1977, former President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) spars with British pop journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) during a series of taped interviews. Running time/rating: 2:02; rated …


‘Inkheart’

Possessing the unique ability to bring literary characters to life, a man (Brendan Fraser) and his daughter (Eliza Bennett) must hunt down villainous characters who threaten the world. Running time/rating: …


At a glance: ‘Revolutionary Road’

Based on Richard Yates’ 1961 novel, this film follows a Connecticut couple (Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio) as they struggle over what their middle-class suburban life will be – comfortable or …


At a glance: ‘The Wrestler’

Mickey Rourke stars as an over-the-hill professional wrestler, fighting his own worst instincts in his quest to find a bit of happiness as his performing career winds down. Running time/rating: …


At a glance: ‘Not Easily Broken’

A couple’s strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and the husband becomes attracted to another woman. Running time/rating: 1:39; rated PG-13 for …


‘Paul Blart’ wastes Kevin James’ talent

The biggest crime in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is not the bank heist that goes down at a New Jersey mall on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the …


‘Valentine’ pays homage to ’81 original

The late 1970s and early 1980s was the golden age for modern horror films. The idea behind movies like “Chopping Mall” or “The House on Sorority Row” was to entertain …


Life of Notorious B.I.G. captured

Rap earns its first top-drawer bio film with “Notorious,” a revealing, moving and entertaining peek at the 24 years that Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., spent on this Earth. George …


‘Last Chance Harvey’ is lovely, smart

For sheer amiability, it’s hard to top “Last Chance Harvey,” a funny, tender midlife romance starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. The admirably well-preserved Hoffman is 71, so “midlife” may …


Zwick tries for big, bold in ‘Defiance’

Things didn’t have to work out this way for Edward Zwick. The “thirtysomething” and “My So Called Life” co-creator broke into the movies with “About Last Night” and could have …


Ed Harris’ direction, acting aids ‘Appaloosa’

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‘Hotel’ belongs in doghouse

Kids will watch most anything with a dog in it – witness the success of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Marley & Me,” or the never-ending “Beethoven” franchise. But studios usually …


Ripe ‘Tomatoes’

The sci-fi romance “WALL-E” and documentary “Man on Wire” took top honors in the 10th annual Golden Tomato Awards, which honor the best-reviewed films of the year as determined by …


At a glance: ‘Notorious’

Jamal Woolard plays Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, the Brooklyn-raised rapper who rose from crack dealer to become a central figure in the East Coast rap scene. Running time/rating: 2:02; …


At a glance: ‘Defiance’

Based on a real story from World War II, three brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) flee German-occupied Poland and, along with hundreds of Jewish exiles, try to rebuild …


At a glance: ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’

Overweight and overlooked, security guard Paul Blart (Kevin James) is the only thing that stands in the way of a gang intent on robbing the mall where he works. Running …