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Cinema Releases

Bewitched (PG)

A curious take on the popular 1960s TV sitcom of the same name, which followed the exploits of Samantha, a witch married to mere mortal Darren. Here, struggling actor Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is to star as Darren in a re-make of the series. The twist is that he hires the unknown Isabel (Nicole Kidman) to play Samantha, little realising that she really is a witch, a fact he discovers only after they've got married.

Me And You and Everyone We Know (15)
This film is a quirky examination of how relationships work - or struggle to work - in an often divisive and increasingly isolating modern world. In a series of short stories, a group of people whose lives are somehow linked, not least by their being neighbours, become ever more clearly defined as individual personalities. Director Amanda July takes the lead role as Christine Jesperson, a lonely artist, while John Hawkes plays shoe salesman and father of two, Richard Swersey. Why, when he meets the captivating Christine, does he panic...?

The Perfect Man (PG)
'Nobody's perfect!' said Joe E Brown at the end of 'Some Like It Hot', but Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) is determined to conjure up the perfect man for her divorced mother Jean (Heather Locklear), who moves every time she finds herself in a failed relationship. Will she finally find the Ideal Husband? Does he even exist?

Dukes of Hazzard (12A)
A re-make of the TV comedy series. The plot, such as it is, involves Cousins Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke trying to save the Duke family farm from destruction by the town's corrupt commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds). The cousins are assisted by the sexy Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson). As a result, the 'Duke Boys' must constantly elude the authorities - the dimwitted Sheriff P Roscoe (MC Gainey) - in the their orange 1969 Dodge Charger, the 'General Lee'.

Other films out this month:

Crash (15)
A disparate group of strangers are brought together by a car accident in Los Angeles. If you are not one of those people who stand around and watch at the scene of an accident, you may feel inclined to give Crash a wide berth. But you'd be missing out on a bold, albeit challenging, examination of the complexities of racial intolerance in modern day America. As the multi-ethnic cast of characters interact and confront their fears and prejudices, it becomes all too clear that there are no easy answers...

The Perfect Catch (PG)
Adapted from Nick Hornby's soccer-based novel, Fever Pitch, by which the film is known in the USA, The Perfect Catch is an undeniably slight romantic comedy. It's the eternal love triangle with a twist - the other woman is actually a Major League American baseball team. So you get teacher Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and workaholic businesswoman Lindsay (Drew Barrymore) trying to cope with Ben's first true love, the Boston Red Sox. Will their relationship survive his obsession? Will he convince her that it's no better or worse than her passion for her job? How will the Red Sox make out this season?

The Bad News Bears (12)
The golden age of remakes is now in full swing with this reworking of 1976's 'The Bad News Bears'. Billy-Bob Thornton plays Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic who must take the Bears, a junior baseball team, and train them up to championship standards. Unfortunately for Buttermaker, they're inept, stubborn and in some cases handicapped.

Spirit Trap (15)
Four students - Tom, Adele, Jenny and Nick - move into an old and, apparently, unoccupied mansion. Inside, they meet a fifth housemate, Tina. So far, so good. But things turn decidedly uncomfortable after Nick gets an old Russian Spirit Clock functioning again: 'phones stop working, mysterious noises are heard and Jenny witnesses an angry mob in Edwardian clothing that nails a man to the floor. The problem is, they can't get hold of the landlord to sort things out. It soon becomes clear that the students are trapped in the mansion with evil spirits. Will they ever escape?

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (PG)
When circumstances force four best friends to spend their first summer apart, they decide to go on a final shopping spree together. The girls buy a pair of magical jeans which, despite their differing shapes and sizes, fits each of them perfectly. They decide to use the jeans as a means of keeping in touch over their months apart, with each girl wearing the magic pants for a week to see what luck they bring her before sending them on to the next. Coming of age adventure based on the novel of the same name by Ann Brashares.

Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (U)
Director Rodriguez's 7-year-old son apparently came up with the idea for this sorry 3-D concoction. Did I say 3-D? Cayden Boyd and Taylor Dooley are distinctly one-dimensional throughout this story of a 10-year-old outcast who, shunned by family and schoolmates alike, spends the summer holidays alone with two imaginary friends. Together they go on a mission to prove that 'dreams can become reality'.....

The Cave (12A)
On the face of it, the premise of 'The Cave' is similar to that of 'Spirit Trap': a group of people are trapped in a hostile environment where they are terrorised by menacing, evil beings. In this case, it's a bunch of divers supposedly caught in an underground cave system and battling with bloodthirsty, demonic creatures. The terrifying reality, though, is that of a cinema full of filmgoers being tormented by a laughably unscary horror movie. The film's publicity states that 'there are places man was never meant to go'. Any cinema screening 'The Cave' must be one of them.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Previews) (15)
The implausible premise of this nominal romantic comedy is that nice guy Andy Stitzman - still a virgin at the age of 40 - has finally fallen in love with a woman who - guess what? - doesn't want sex in the relationship. Hilarious idea, isn't it? But if it hasn't got you guffawing helplessly already, there's more: Andy and his partner's no-sex policy dismays his buddies, whose attempts to lure their friend out of a lifetime of chastity have all been to no avail. Do Andy and Trish remain just good friends? Does Trish relent? Does Andy finally, er, 'do it'?

The Business (Previews) (18)
If you want to make it your business to catch an action-packed gangster movie, you could do worse than 'The Business'. Set during the Thatcher years, it follows the fortunes of Frankie (Dennis Dyer), a fugitive from the high rises of South London who plans a new life on Spain's Costa del Sol. Armed with nothing but a tin stuffed full of cash he heads off to deliver the money to suave playboy and ex-con, Charlie (Tamer Hassan), little anticipating that he will soon be a member of Charlie's gang and up to his earlobes in the violent world of organized crime.


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