Adaptation -- The second collaboration, after Being John Malkovich, from writer Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze. It's not as surreal as its predecessor, but it is just as insane. Nicolas Cage, in superb form, plays the Kaufman twins -- Charlie and Donald -- and the film is about Kaufman's frustration in writing a film adaptation of the book, The Orchid Thief. It's also about the book's author (Susan Orlean, as played by Meryl Streep) and its subject (Chris Cooper). It's an odd film, sparklingly original and very funny. (ES) Rated: R
Antwone Fisher -- Derek Luke plays the titular hero of this autobiographical film, based on the life of screenwriter and producer Antwone Fisher. Once a troubled sailor whose repeated fistfights land him in the office of Navy psychiatrist Denzel Washington, Fisher turns his life around by finding the family who abandoned him and landing a job as a security guard on the Sony Pictures lot. Rated: PG-13
Just Married -- With the summer movie season so far away, January seems like the next best thing for the launch of a new Ashton Kucher vehicle. Kucher (That '70s Show) loves nothing more than plopping down in front of a big-screen TV with a heaping plate of buffalo wings. His new bride (Brittany Murphy) loves nothing more than plopping down heavy bags of merchandise from Saks and Barney's. But opposites attract, marry and sometimes go to Venice for a honeymoon full of National Lampoon's Vacation-type antics. Rated: PG-13
Narc -- Ray Liotta and Jason Patric are cops partnered up against their wills to find the man who murdered Liotta's former narcotics officer partner. Taking it to the dismal streets of Detroit, the film explores that case, but also looks quite deeply into the makeup of each of these men. Both are smart and passionate about their work, but Patric's Nick is level-headed compared to the walking time bomb that's Liotta's Henry. Both give terrific performances, with Liotta showing remarkable range between his peaceful and violent scenes. (ES) Rated: R
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