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"Snakes on a Plane" is about an infestation on a flight supposedly leaving from Hawaii.
Movies opening Friday:
: Justin Long plays a guy rejected from every college he's applied to, so he and his friends start their own fake and functioning university. (This film was supposed to debut last week, but release was delayed.) (PG-13)
"The Illusionist": The crown prince of Vienna at the turn of the century tries to debunk the illusions of a popular and handsome magician for whom the prince's fiancee has fallen. Edward Norton, Rufus Sewell, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti star. (PG-13)
"Little Miss Sunshine": A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the ensemble comedy follows an oddball clan as they race across three states to get their 7-year-old daughter to a beauty pageant. Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Abigail Breslin star. (R)
"Material Girls": Hilary and Haylie Duff play heiress sisters whose family cosmetics company folds after a scandal and leaves them penniless. (PG)
"Snakes on a Plane": Samuel L. Jackson plays a U.S. marshal escorting a mob witness on a Hawaii-to-Los Angeles flight. But before the plane leaves, a Mafia boss pays airport security to sneak a crate of 400 deadly serpents on board, timed for release halfway through the flight. And when it does ... we'll see if the massive Internet hype surrounding this movie has been justified. (R)
Charles Memminger is on vacation. His column returns Aug. 22.