by THE INLANDER & r & & r & APPALOOSA & r & & r & The Robert B. Parker book that celebrates loyalty and friendship -- and dangerous good guys versus despicable bad guys -- in the Old West was directed by and stars Ed Harris as a lawman for hire who comes to the town of Appaloosa with his trusty deputy (Viggo Mortensen) to deal with the nasty yet classy villain (Jeremy Irons) who believes he owns everyone and everything there. There's also a love interest (Ren & eacute;e Zellweger), but the guys are more interesting. (ES) Rated R


Not much more to be gleaned from the trailer than cute lap dogs singing truly horrible songs. (LB) Rated G


A senior CIA strategist (Russell Crowe) and a Middle East operative (Leonardo Dicaprio) are hunting down an Osama Bin Laden wannabe, and it's all good, from the perspective of entertainment: The film is clever and subtle and demands that you pay attention, and rewards you. But there are some scary think-bombs here about how terror is theater, a kind of performance on the world stage that both sides are playing on. (MJ) Rated R


Clint Eastwood delivers a great study of people in distress. In late-1920s L.A., a single mom's son vanishes, and inept police insist that a different boy that they found halfway across the country is hers. Angelina Jolie gives a powerful performance as the distressed mom, while Jeffrey Donovan is terrifically cold as the police captain trying to avoid even more tarnish on the department. The film's intensity grows when it's revealed that a serial killer (of young boys) may be on the loose. Oscar nominations are in the film's future. (ES) Rated R


Georgiana Spencer, the 18th-century Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley), was a hard-drinking, politically outspoken pop hero and fashion plate of her day. But there was trouble in the bedroom, as her husband (Ralph Fiennes), who wanted her around only to produce an heir, had a live-in mistress. An intriguing premise, but the lush-looking film is underwritten and overacted, and not one of these sad, wealthy, woe-begotten people is worth giving a hoot about. (ES) Rated PG-13


Using cell phones and GPS and whatever, some mean old lady is tracking Shia LeBeouf and Michelle Monaghan's every move! It's so creepy! And they're, like, being framed as terrorists, so now the entire country is chasing after them! They're trying so hard to be like Hitchcock and, you know, win Oscars! Which they won't. (MB) Rated PG-13


Working as a firefighter, Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is a hero. Although he regularly rescues people from burning buildings, his marriage is going down the drain. Cameron's character is about to give up and leave his wife when his father sends him on a "Love Dare." (TLM) Rated PG


Combine the more well-trod, fetishistic aspects of The Exorcist, Doctor Faustus, The Ring, Carrie and Catholic school uniforms, and you have The Haunting of Molly Hartley. A girl's mom offers her soul to the devil, to be turned over on her 18th birthday. In an attempt to escape that fate, Molly and her pa move to a new town and enroll her in an episode of Gossip Girl meets 90210 meets 10 Things I Hate About You. High school drama and demon possession ensue. (LB) Rated PG-13


Featuring TEN NEW SONGS, the final -- barring unforeseen transcript drama -- installment of the High School Musical franchise features... well, Zac, Ashley, Corbin, Vanessa and everyone else dancing and fighting and, you know, loving in unison. (LB) Rated PG


In the IMAX version, this flick is so jaw-droppingly gorgeous that it almost hides the fact that the soul of the first Madagascar is missing. As a pleasantly rowdy cartoon that diverts and amuses -- one that will appeal to a wide audience without having to dumb itself down -- this is a splendid success. It's when held up to its predecessor that it feels a bit... lacking. But the penguins are back, so enjoy it anyway. (MJ) Rated PG


You know videogame adaptations are hitting their stride when a studio is able to book Mark Wahlberg in the title role of a noir shooter about a cop who comes home from his beat to find his wife and daughter murdered. An odd twist is that the film seems to have Max fighting demons, something the videogame never tackled. Fanboys are pissed about the rating undermining the ultraviolence of the game. (LB) Rated PG-13


Director Gavin O'Connor, the son of an NYPD officer, has captured a down-to-earth honesty in this corruption-in-the-NYPD drama, not just in how it treats the world of its setting but in how it treats its audience. And it's a wonderful cinematic pleasure to see two of Generation X's finest actors square off against each other onscreen: Edward Norton's conflicted cop is a coolly intelligent foil to Colin Farrell's explosive one. (MJ) Rated R


Rachel's getting married. Kim (an excellent Anne Hathaway) is getting out of rehab. This is a problem. Jonathan Demme's new film is a portrait of a high-functioning, deeply dysfunctional family on the eve of what should be their happiest moment. Populated with the freaks and savants Kim and Rachel's father has collected as friends over his years in the music industry (including Robyn Hitchcock), Rachel Getting Married often feels like an overly twee indie affair. One dude seriously never stops playing violin, the entire film. Get past the absurd pan-cultural artifice, though, and Demme shows us painful-to-witness truths in all his characters. Kim's clearly the most screwed-up, but Dad and Mom and Sis all have big, big problems, too. There's a bit of catharsis, in the end, but very little resolution. So it goes. (LB) Rated R


Exactly what you want it to be, if you loved Guy Ritchie's Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels for their exuberant cartoon aggression and winking, wicked wit. You might call this a crime comedy of manners, what with all the criminals you can barely distinguish from legitimate businessmen. Being a villain ain't what it used to be: Now, it's a respectable living. It's our world -- Ritchie's just playing in it. (MJ) Rated R


When two lazy guys (Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott) stuck in a dead-end job, get in some trouble with the law, they're given a choice of jail time or time spent with some troubled kids, acting as mentors. This raucous comedy suggests that they might have had an easier time behind bars. The film features a surprisingly funny, very foul-mouthed bit of acting from young newcomer Bobb'e J. Thompson, and the return of (the guy who played) McLovin! (ES) Rated R


Jigsaw is dead. Maybe. Or not. His traps definitely live on, however. Meagan Goode is the B-list actress they got for the fifth but probably not final installment in a series that's increasingly written like a tetanus-phobe's foray into Soap Operas. Picket Fences' Costas Mandylor reprises his roll as Hoffman. (LB) Rated R


Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning star in the film about a family of African-American sisters with a bee farm in the '60s who help an orphaned white girl with nowhere else to turn. Then the white neighbors catch wind. (LB) Rated PG-13


Bernie Mac's last movie, Soul Men, has him teaming up with Samuel L. Jackson as a pair of estranged Motown singers who team back up to try to make one last run at the big time. (LB) Rated R


Surely this is the greatest satire of the American presidency ever. It's like Being There, but more terrifying: Instead of a gentle idiot becoming president, it's an incurious, perpetually adolescent idiot. Surely this would be a horror story if it were true. "George W. Bush" -- a vivid yet intentionally appalling creation of Josh Brolin, director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser -- is a shocking, swaggering caricature, but an endlessly amusing one. (MJ) Rated PG-13


Kevin Smith's newest comedy has gobs of nudity -- male and female -- and more cursing than your average Scorsese film. Still, it's a sweet, funny and raunchy tale of two broke roommates and pals (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) who decide to make a porno -- starring themselves, even though they've never kissed -- for some quick bucks. Did I mention it's raunchy? (ES) Rated R

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