Movies opening this weekend:

"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle": From the director of "Dude, Where's My Car?" comes the tale of two likable underdogs (John Cho and Kal Penn) who set out on a Friday night quest to satisfy their craving for the popular burgers and end up on an epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild road trip that's as un-PC as it gets. (R)

Denzel Washington stars in the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate."

"The Manchurian Candidate": Inspired by the original 1962 political thriller, which starred Frank Sinatra, this updated version has the brainwashed soldiers as part of a U.S. platoon that served in the Persian Gulf War. Ten years later, one is climbing the political ladder while the other, not handling his postwar adjustment well, eventually remembers being brainwashed, and attempts to stop a plot that is out of their hands. Denzel Washington heads a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber. (R)

"Thunderbirds": Based on the cult hit British TV series of the 1960s that starred marionettes, this live-action adaptation is about a family that is a member of International Rescue, a mysterious band of adventurers and their fleet of imaginatively engineered vehicles known as the Thunderbirds. Bill Paxton plays the patriarch of his family of five sons, and Ben Kingsley plays the master criminal the Hood. (PG)

"The Village": M. Night Shyamalan's latest spooky thriller is set in rural Pennsylvania of 1897. The small village of Covington is surrounded by woods inhabited by a race of "mythical creatures." There's a romantic plot (inspired by Brontë's "Wuthering Heights") involving the daughter of the town's leader (Judy Greer) and a young man (Joaquin Phoenix) who questions the policy of keeping Covington's citizens confined to the village. (PG-13)

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