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by Inlander Staff & r & & r & 28 WEEKS LATER


Seven months have passed since the last Rage Virus victim died of starvation in London. The U.S. Army controls the empty city's quarantined district where adolescent siblings Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) are reunited with their father Don (Robert Carlyle) after his narrow escape from a marauding band of diseased zombies that ostensibly took the life of the children's mother Alice (Catherine McCormack). Enormous plot holes, indistinct swipes at social satire and a wayward emphasis on feeble child characters contribute to the film's tedious clinicism. (CS) Rated R





DELTA FARCE


Larry the Cable Guy, DJ Qualls (the creepy skinny kid from Road Trip) and Bill Engvall are surprised to hear that their incompetent National Guard detachment is headed for Fallujah. The plane heads off course, though, and the crew believe they've landed in insurgent-controlled territory. Turns out they're in Mexico. Har-har. (LB) Rated PG-13





THE EX


Zach Braff (Scrubs) gets to do what he does best -- play a lovable goofball slacker, Tom. In The Ex, his rainmaking New York City lawyer wife, Sofia (Amanda Peet), decides to become a stay-at-home-mom. Luckily her dad (Charles Grodin, in his first film part in 13 years) will hire Tom at his firm -- in Ohio. That's where Sofia's ex (Jason Bateman of Arrested Development) works, and of course he gets to be Braff's boss and tormentor. Oh yeah -- and he's in a wheelchair. (TSM) Rated PG-13





GEORGIA RULE


Garry Marshall, who hasn't made a solid movie since the woefully underrated Nothing in Common, directs a script by Mark Andrus (As Good as It Gets) about three generations of women: feisty grandma (Jane Fonda), exasperated mom (Felicity Huffman) and wild, rebellious, drunken daughter (Lindsay Lohan), who are brought together to straighten out the youngest among them. Hmm, sounds like Lohan has had plenty of life experience for the part already. (ES) Rated R





HOME OF THE BRAVE


Spokane's own North by Northwest's production of the back-from-Iraq war story has had plenty of drama behind it. After a December release in New York and L.A., a national-run was scrubbed. Despite the rocky start, however, the film has top-notch credentials -- Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci and 50 Cent are the stars, while Hollywood veteran Irwin Winkler directs. Heck, even Sheryl Crow sings the theme song. For locals, it will be fun to watch actors famous to us, like Nike Imoru, Wes Deitrick, Jhon Goodwin and Joyce Cameron chew up some Spokane scenery at the Spokane Valley Mall, Deaconess, Anthony's restaurant and the Dutch Bros. coffee shop on Second Avenue. The story is topical, too, as post-traumatic stress disorder related to the war in Iraq is just getting recognized in the mainstream media. (TSM) Rated R

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