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A look at what's new in movies, books, music, television, video games and DVDs for the weekend.



This sequel to the 2006 horror film finds a group of National Guard trainees encountering the same bloodthirsty pack of cannibalistic mutants seen in the first movie. Graphic violence ensues. Starring Michael McMillian, Jacob Vargas and Flex Alexander. Directed by Martin Weisz. Released by Fox Atomic. Rated R.

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This film was not available for review.


A brother and sister develop extraordinary powers after finding a box of toys, one of which is a stuffed bunny that speaks a strange language and bears messages from the future. Starring Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson, Chris O'Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn and Rainn Wilson. Directed by Robert Shaye. Released by New Line Cinema. Rated PG.

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What the critics say

"A pleasantly dorky adaptation of Lewis Padgett's 1943 sci-fi story."

-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"There are too many distracting elements to allow a viewer total immersion in the story."

-John Anderson, Variety


Terrence Howard stars as Jim Ellis, an unemployed college graduate who forms a swimming team for African-American youths in one of Philadelphia's roughest neighborhoods in this drama based on a true story. Although the city wants to demolish the building that houses their training pool, Jim remains determined to show his young athletes that they can compete and win. With Bernie Mac and Tom Arnold. Directed by Sunu Gonera. Released by Lions Gate Films. Rated PG.

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"'Pride' doesn't have much surprise, but it's a formula picture of genuine feeling."

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"'Pride' is just plain trite."

-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter


Adam Sandler puts comedy aside for the moment to play a man who moves in with his old college roommate (Don Cheadle) after losing his family in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. With Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler and Saffron Burrows. Directed by Mike Binder. Released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Rated R.

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"(The movie) itself transcends its real but relatively minor flaws to score a satisfyingly potent impact."

-Joe Leydon, Variety

"A strange, black-and-blue therapeutic drama equally mottled with likable good intentions and agitating clumsiness."

-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


An ex-military marksman (Mark Wahlberg) is coaxed back into service to help prevent the president's assassination, but before long he finds he's been framed for a crime and is the target of a nationwide manhunt. With Danny Glover, Michael Pena and Rhona Mitra. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Released by Paramount Pictures. Rated R.

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"(The film) collapses — as so many action films of lesser intelligence do — into a seemingly eternal series of explosions and false endings."

-Christy Lemire, The Associated Press

"As 'Rambo'-like films go, you can do worse than 'Shooter,' but you can also do a lot better."

-Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star


The once-popular teenage reptile heroes are back in computer animation form to fight an evil industrialist who wants to unleash an army of monsters on New York City. Featuring the voices of Patrick Stewart, Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kevin Smith. Directed by Kevin Munroe. Released by Warner Bros. This film is not yet rated.

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"Unlikely to achieve BFF status with the MMORPG set, this CGI feature is light on the LOL factor."

-Nathan Lee, The Village Voice

"This all-CG reboot is missing the goofy excitement of the old TMNT."

-Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly

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Seeking some excitement in his life, a drunken English travel agent (John Malkovich) passes himself off as reclusive film director Stanley Kubrick and cons a whole lot of people as he parties his way through London. Based on a true story. Directed by Brian Cook (who in real life worked as Kubrick's first assistant director). Released by Magnolia Pictures. Not rated.

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"A teensy yet irresistibly droll film."

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"The movie is endless even at less than 90 minutes."

-David Edelstein, New York Magazine


A salesman (Guy Pearce) comes unglued after he meets a roadside psychic who tells him two things: He'll soon get support for his new business venture but that after the first snow falls there will be "no more tomorrows." With Piper Perabo, William Fichtner and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Mark Fergus. Released by Yari Film Group. Rated R.

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What the critics say

"'First Snow' engages but underwhelms."

-Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"A moody, tedious anti-thriller about ineluctable fate."

-Jim Ridley, The Village Voice


This comedy from Iran concerns female fans who want to attend a World Cup soccer match in Tehran, where women are banned from sporting events. To get inside the stadium the determined women dress as men, only to be caught by a bemused security officer. Directed by Jafar Panahi ("The Circle," "The White Balloon"). Released by Sony Pictures Classics. Rated PG.

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What the critics say

"A bracing comedy that explores the ambiguity and inconsistencies of (Iran's) laws controlling barriers between the sexes."

-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

"'Offside is comic and exuberant, bold and resilient."

-Julian Graffy, Sight and Sound


"7th Heaven - Season 4"

Season four had the father of Camden family Eric (Stephen Collins) suffering a heart attack, mother Annie becoming a political activist and Mary (Jessica Biel) losing her athletic scholarship and finding romance with a fellow troubled teenager. Released by Paramount Home Video. Not rated. Available March 27.

"Children of Men"

Clive Owen and Julianna Moore star in this thriller set in a bleak future in which human beings have become infertile and the entire race faces extinction. In 2027 an ex-civil servant (Owen) meets up with a former lover turned revolutionary (Moore), who asks him to help smuggle a young woman out of fascist, military-run Britain. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron ("Y Tu Mamá También," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"). Released by Universal Home Video. Rated R. Available March 27.

"Curse of the Golden Flower"

This operatic historical drama from director Zhang Yimou ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers") centers on a 10th-century Chinese empress (Gong Li) who has an affair with her stepson amid suspicion that her husband the emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) is trying to poison her. Since she's forced to take the poison, her only way out is to plan a coup d'etat. With Jay Chou. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated R. Available March 27.

"Happy Feet"

An animatd comedy about an Anarctic penguin (voiced by Elijah Wood) who can't sing a mating song, so he turns to tap dancing to impress the right female. Featuring the voices of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy and Robin Williams. Directed by George Miller. Released by Warner Home Video. Rated PG. Available March 27.

"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1"

This three-disc set offers an introduction to the soap-opera parody, which followed the lives of Mary Hartman, her husband, her grandfather (who is revealed to be a flasher), her best friend and other residents of fictional Fernwood, Ohio. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Not rated. Available March 27.

"The Pursuit of Happyness"

Will Smith stars in this drama as a beleaguered father who stuggles to keep himself and his son above the poverty line as they pursue a better life. With Thandie Newton, Kurt Fuller and Jaden Smith. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available March 27.

"The Shield - Season 5"

The fifth season of FX's drama about corrupt cops introduces John Kavanaugh (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker), an internal affairs officer who's out to bust Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his crew. The season progresses as a cat-and-mouse game between Kavanaugh and Mackey that leads finally to tragedy. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Not rated (contains violence, profanity and occasional nudity). Available March 27.


A horror film about a group of young backpackers who find themselves stranded in a remote town in the Brazilian jungle. It turns out the locals don't quite like having these nice young folks around. Starring Josh Duhamel, Melissa George and Olivia Wilde. Directed by John Stockwell. Released by Fox Atomic. Rated R. Available March 27.


"Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars"

The latest version of the science-fiction strategy game features high-definition video sequences, 30 different missions and a storyline told from the viepoints of three warring factions. Published by Electronic Arts for PC. Rated T. Available March 26.


Destroy much of the world with nuclear missiles and hope your side has the least number of people killed in this strategy game. Play as one of six sides and manage fleets of aircraft and sea vessels as you try to annihilate your opponent. Published by Encore Software. Rated T. Available March 26.

"Medal of Honor Vanguard"

This new title in the series of World War II first-person shooters puts players in the middle of famous battles in Sicily, Germany and other locales. Published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii. Rated T. Available March 26.

"Meet The Robinsons"

Travel through time and try to defeat a villain called Bowler Hat Guy in this game based on the animated film from Disney. Includes distinct missions, puzzles and hidden upgrades as you progress through the game world. Released by Buena Vista Games for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, GameCube and PC. Rated E-10+. Available March 27.

"POGO Island"

Rescue several POGO mascots in this game that bundles several classic POGO games together: Poppit!, Word Whomp, Squelchies, Tri-Peaks Solitaire and Phlinx. If those titles mean anything, this game might be the one for you. Published by Electronic Arts for Nintendo DS. Rated E. Available March 26.


A role-playing game that has players align themselves with one of two warring sides - one that embraces technology and the other embracing nature. Build allies among different creatures and wage a campaign to conquer your enemy. Published by Atari for PC. Rated T. Available March 27.

"Test Drive Unlimited"

A racing game that includes more than 125 different vehicles that can be customized, avatars you can dress in trendy clothes and miles and miles of Hawaiian roads on which to race. Published by Atari for PC. Rated E-10+. Available March 27.

"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent"

Choose your own adventure in this fourth installment of the Splinter Cell series. Superiors from both the NSA and terrorist organizations expect you to fulfill their orders simultaneously, and your choices will determine how the game unfolds. Released by Ubisoft for PalyStation 3 (title already available for Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, GameCube, PlayStation 2 and PC. Rated M. Available March 27.

"Virtua Tennis 3"

Play the world's best pros in different courts around the world with this game that promises better AI and graphics. Published by Sega of America for PlayStation Portable (released March 20 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). Rated E. Available March 26.


The Fall, "Reformation Post T.L.C.": The durable, ever-inventive Mark E. Smith rolls on with a new lineup of musicians after members of the band abruptly left in 2006. Released by Narnack Records. In stores March 27.

Good Charlotte, "Good Morning Revival": The band departs from its usual punkish style in this more mainstream-sounding disc, their fourth. Released by Sony. In stores March 27.

Macy Gray, "Big": Gray keeps smashing genre walls on this album that includes guest vocals from Natalie Cole, Nas and Fergie. Released by Geffen Records. In stores March 27.

Jennifer Lopez, "Como Ama Una Mujer": The actress and pop diva's first album of songs recorded entirely in Spanish. Released by Sony. In stores March 27.

Tim McGraw, "Let It Go": McGraw's latest disc features the hit single "Last Dollar" as well as two duets with his wife, Faith Hill. Released by Curb Records. In stores March 27.

Mika, "Life in Cartoon Motion": The eclectic, eccentric British pop singer makes his album debut. Released by Casablanca. In stores March 27.

Stevie Nicks, "Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks": This CD-DVD package covers all of Nicks' solo career and includes several previously unreleased live tracks. Released by Reprise/Wea. In stores March 27.

Grant-Lee Phillips, "Strangelet":The former frontman of Grant Lee Buffalo plays different instruments on each of the 12 songs on this album that's strongly influenced by the music phillips loved as a youth in the 1970s. Released by Zoe Records. In stores March 27.


All times are EST/PST.

Sunday, March 25

"Grease: You're the One That I Want": The winners of the contest to see who will perform the lead roles in a Broadway revival of "Grease" are announced. 8 p.m., NBC.

"Rome": In the series finale, Octavian squares off against Mark Antony, and we know how that ends because Octavian is known to history as the emperor Augustus Caesar. 9 p.m., HBO.

"Who Cares About Girls: Daughters Left Behind": Journalist Lisa Ling hosts this documentary series that examines how young women are mistreated in many places around the world. This segment looks at the daughters of American women in prison, and how their mothers' incarceration takes a toll on their families. 10 p.m., Oxygen.

Monday, March 26

"Dancing With the Stars": All 11 stars return, but thankfully people get to start voting them off. 8 p.m., ABC.

"Spotlight 25": Willow Bay hosts this look into the lives of 25-year-old women that focuses on careers, money, dating and sex. 8 p.m., Lifetime.

Tuesday, March 27

"House": House gets freaked out when he meets a man who appeared in his dream the night before. 9 p.m., Fox.

"Great American Dream Vote": Americans go on TV to share their greatest wish, and their fellow Americans vote on who should see them fulfilled. As if that wasn't sad enough, Donny Osmond is the host. 10 p.m., ABC.

Wednesday, March 28

"Journey to the Planet Earth": Matt Damon narrates this hour that looks at the threat to marine animals posed by global warming, which may cause the extinction of numerous species in the next quarter century. 8 p.m., PBS.

"American Idol": Find out who gets axed this week in this program that's shown live so the whole nation can enjoy this poor slob's public humiliation as it happens. 9 p.m., Fox.


Jonathan Kellerman, "Obsession": Kellerman's 21st thriller about psychologist Alex Delaware finds the good doctor and his Milo, his pal from the LAPD, investigating a murder that arose from a woman's deathbed confession. Published by Random House. In stores March 27.

Tami Hoag, "The Alibi Man": Hoag's heroine Elena Estes returns in this crime novel that has the former undercover cop investigating the murder of a friend, and among the suspects is Estes' former fiance. Published by Random House. In stores March 27.

Angie Sage, "Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three": Sage's recurring hero Septimus Heap returns, accidentally releasing the spirit of an evil queen in this third book in the fantasy series. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. In stores March 27.