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Antonio Banderas plays a dance instructor in "Take the Lead."
Movies opening Friday:
: The latest from producer Adam Sandler features Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder as grown-up dweebs who join a Little League team of geeky kids to help take down the champs, made up of neighborhood bullies. (PG-13)
"Lucky Number Slevin": Part mistaken-identity thriller, part flimflam game, this film stars Josh Hartnett as Slevin, a sap caught in the middle of a mob war being plotted by a pair of New York's rival crime bosses (Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley). Slevin is also under constant surveillance by a relentless detective (Stanley Tucci) and an infamous assassin (Bruce Willis). Lucy Liu is the perkily resourceful love interest who helps Hartnett play both sides against the middle. (R)
"Phat Girlz": A smart-mouthed, size-plus, aspiring fashion designer (Mo'Nique) tries to find love and acceptance in a world full of "hot-bodied" babes. (PG-13)
"Take the Lead": Antonio Banderas hoofs it as Pierre Dulaine, the real-life ballroom-dance instructor who shows inner-city New York public high school kids some fancy steps, even though initially their hip-hop instincts clash with his teaching methods. (PG-13)