Opening or returning:
Bad Santa: Terry Zwigoff directs the story of two con men who dress as Santa and an elf and rob malls after hours. An 8-year-old teaches them the true meaning of Christmas. With Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham. R. David Minor Theater.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua: A Taco Bell commercial stretched out to feature length with a paper-thin plot about a rich girl (er, dog, voiced by Drew Barrymore) who needs to get home from scary Mexico? Ugh. PG. Movies 12.
Cadilac Records: Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles (playing Etta James) star in this story of Chicago’s Chess Records in the ’50s and ’60s. With Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def and Gabrielle Union. “Rollicking and insightful,” said The New York Times. R. 109 min. VRC Stadium 15.
Dazed and Confused: Richard Linklater’s 1993 comic portrait of high school life circa 1976, with the clothes, cars and music that made this era memorable. Shot in and around Austin, this must-see film was Linklater’s (Slacker) second big hit. With Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck. PG. David Minor Theater.
Haunting of Molly Hartley, The: As her 18th birthday approaches, Molly Hartley (Haley Bennett) has to deal with being the new girl at school — and with nightmares about the time her mother tried to kill her. Is Molly going crazy? Is there something else at stake? PG13. Movies 12.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2: Quentin Tarantino’s two films star Uma Thurman as the Bride, a woman with a mission: Kill Bill (David Carradine), her former boss and lover who betrayed her and murdered her family. Some other folks need killing, too. Several of ‘em. With Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, LaTanya Richardson, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen and Samuel L. Jackson. R. David Minor Theater.
Nights in Rodanthe: Another romance (minus the whole murder angle of Unfaithful) starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, this time as two unhappy people drawn together during a storm. Based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). With Mae Whitman and James Franco. PG13. 97 min. Movies 12.
Saw V: Two detectives butt heads while investigating the continued Jigsaw murders. Hey, didn’t that guy die in a previous movie? Guess not. R. 92 min. Movies 12.
Seven Pounds: Will Smith reunites with the director of The Pursuit of Happyness for this story about a man with a secret who changes the lives of seven strangers. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.
Slumdog Millionaire: The latest from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) is a Mumbai-set fairy tale about life and the pursuit of love and happiness via Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (it’s not quite as simple as that maybe sounds). Slumdog is long on setting and its tangled plot is creative, but it’s short on emotional resonance, though its young actors are solid. R. 120 min. Bijou. See review this issue.
Tale of Despereaux, The: A tiny, heroic mouse with big ears undertakes a complicated journey in a medieval world. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Kate DiCamillo, and starring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane and Dustin Hoffman. G. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.
Yes Man: Jim Carrey is the man who says “Yes.” And he says it to all sorts of things. Frankly, I just want to see this for the moment when he and costar Zooey Deschanel dress up in Harry Potter costumes. PG13. 104 min. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.
Bijou Art Cinemas
Bijou Theater 686-2458 | 492 E. 13th
VRC Stadium 15 342-6536 | Valley River Center
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Cinemark 17 741-1231 | Gateway Mall