At the movies
Breakfast on Pluto
Cillian Murphy plays a small town foster lad who seeks a new life in London, where he is reborn as a transvestite cabaret singer in the 1960s. Review on Friday's Entertainment page. (R)
Based on the popular children's books, the animated film follows an inquisitive monkey as looks for The Man with the Yellow Hat. With a musical score by Jack Johnson, the voice cast features Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore and Eugene Levy. Review on Page 22. (G)
Final Destination 3
A teen, who failed to stop a roller-coaster ride that killed several of her friends, teams up with a schoolmate in a race against time to prevent the Grim Reaper from revisiting survivors of the first tragedy. Review on Page 21. (R)
When his family is kidnapped by a ruthless criminal mastermind, a bank security specialist (Harrison Ford) is forced to find a flaw in his own system and steal $100 million. Paul Bettany and Virginia Madsen co-star. Review on Page 21. (PG-13)
The Pink Panther
Steve Martin plays the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in this remake of the Peter Sellers 1960s original. The accident-prone French detective is assigned to recover the stolen Pink Panther diamond. Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, and Emily Mortimer co-star. (PG)
Shoujyo: An Adolescent
This twisted Japanese love story mixes tattoos, eroticism and comedy through the eyes of a teenage girl's infatuation with a local policeman. Review in Thursday's Today section. (NR)
Felicity Huffman received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual who takes a cross-country road trip with her teenage son. Review on Thurs-day's Entertainment page. (R)
G - General audiences.
Disney's first totally computer-animated movie is a nice little trifle that's too chicken to do anything but play it safe.
Emma Thompson stars as a magical but tough nanny who shapes up a family with seven badly behaved children.
PG - Parental guidance suggested.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
It's a battle between the Baker and Murtaugh clans, filled with sight gags, none of them remotely inspired. Steve Martin and Eugene Levy star.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Based on C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy novel, the story follows four siblings in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe. There they join a noble ruler, the lion Aslan, in fighting the evil White Witch, Jadis. (The film is nominated for three technical Oscars.)
The true story of the underdog Texas Western college basket-ball team, with history's first all African American starting lineup, and their championship win in the 1966 NCAA tournament.
Good Night, and Good Luck
George Clooney directed this multiple Oscar-nominated docudrama that recounts the events leading up to CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow's decision to stand up against red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Detectives try to unravel the mystery at Granny's house in a satirical, animated take on "Little Red Riding Hood." Kids might be entertained, but adults will see the film is hackneyed and inferior.
Yours, Mine & Ours
Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo play a newly married couple with two completely different life philosophies -- and 18 children between them -- in this pedestrian family comedy.
PG-13 - Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate from children under age 13.
A dream comes true for a young man from the wrong side of the tracks when he is accepted into the Naval Academy. But once there, he's not sure he measures up.
Big Momma's House 2
Martin Lawrence goes back undercover in his disguise as a grandmother, this time to be a nanny for the three kids of a suspected killer.
The Family Stone
It's a matriarchal twist on "Meet the Parents," as we follow a tightly wound career woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) on a yuletide jaunt to visit her boyfriend's neo-hippie kin.
Peter Jackson's latest master-piece is an eye-popping remake of the 1933 original. While the special effects are first-rate, the film's greatest achievement is the tenderness with which it conveys the love between the gorilla and the actress. (The film has four technical Oscar nominations.)
Queen Latifah stars as a shy woman diagnosed with a fatal illness who decides to let loose on a European vacation.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Based on the bestselling novel, a poor girl (Ziyi Zhang) is taken from her penniless family in the years before World War II and trained to be a geisha.
It's the rare work of art, with six Oscar nominations.
The New World
Director Terrence Malick takes his time telling the story of the settlement of Jamestown, Va., in particular the classic tale of Pocahontas and her relation-ships with adventurer John Smith and aristocrat John Rolfe. (The film is the recipient of a Best Cinematography Oscar nomination.)
Director Chris Columbus delivers an unimaginative rendering of the Broadway musical about New York lovers and friends coping with poverty, AIDS and addiction.
Johnny Knoxville stars as a con man who hatches a scheme to pose as an "intellectually challenged" contestant in the Special Olympics to fix the games. It's surprisingly funny.
Rumor Has It ...
Jennifer Aniston plays a journalist who finds out that her grandmother was the basis for Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." This movie is a failure of "Gigli" proportions.
An interracial romantic comedy stars Sanaa Lathan as a career woman who falls for a free-spirited landscape architect, played by Simon Baker. It's a refreshing movie.
Tristan & Isolde
A love affair between a knight and a princess threatens to break the peace between medieval England and Ireland. The movie is inspired by the story from the Wagner opera.
When a Stranger Calls
This slick remake of the 1979 horror-thriller is about a teenage baby sitter who is terrorized by a stranger's phone calls.
R - Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Ang Lee's epic love story between a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy should be seen not for its hot-button topicality but simply because it's a good movie, with a staggering performance by Heath Ledger, His portrayal of Ennis Del Mar is both ennobled and shamed by feelings for Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) he doesn't possess words to describe. (The film has garnered eight Oscar nominations.)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
A petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.), posing as an actor, is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation with a gay detective (Val Kilmer).
Pierce Brosnan stars as a cynical, washed-up, irresistible cad of a hit man, who befriends an optimistic, straight-laced businessman (Greg Kinnear) in a Mexico City hotel bar while on a job.
Woody Allen's latest film (a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominee) is the story of a former tennis pro who climbs into the world of the British upper class through his engagement to one of his wealthy tennis students. But then he falls for a sexy American actress who is dating his future brother-in-law. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johansson star.
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Oscar nominee Dame Judi Dench is the title character who buys a theater during wartime London and, with the help of her showman partner (Bob Hoskins), puts on a popular -- and scandalous -- revue with nude women in tableau settings.
Steven Spielberg directs the true story of a secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the Palestinians behind the '72 Olympic attacks.(The movie is nominated for five Oscars.)
The Squid and the Whale
Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach reworks his own memories as a child of divorce into a small period piece, set in an upscale area of Brooklyn in 1986. Two brothers take up separate sides with their writer-parents, whose marriage is on the rocks. Stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney are exquisite to watch.
From the writer/director of "Traffic," Oscar nominee George Clooney stars in this political thriller about a CIA agent who uncovers the dark secrets behind the oil industry. The film weaves powerful moments of pathos into its lesson on the realities of greed in international commerce.
This sequel starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman continues the centuries-old feud between vampires and lycans. It features the same self-serious characters trying to destroy each other.
ART HOUSE | REVIVAL
THE DORIS DUKE THEATRE, HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
900 S. Beretania St.; $7 general; $6 seniors, students and military; $5 Academy members (532-8768):
With short "Deadly Hidden Master." At 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey With Evelyn Glennie
At 1 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16.
3566 Harding Ave.; $5, $4 members; reservations recommended due to limited seating (735-8771):
At 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday.
The Constant Gardener
Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz). At 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee. At 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Just Like Heaven
At 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Feb. 13.
Hawaii Premiere. At 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Feb. 16.
"THE HEALING WORLD" FILM SERIES
Spalding Hall Auditorium, University of Hawaii-Manoa,; $5 general and $3 for UH students, faculty and staff (223-0130):
Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today
At 5 p.m. Sunday.