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Posted: March 21, 2008 8:39 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

10,000 B.C. - Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day after Tomorrow) zips way back through time to focus on a young hunter (Steven Strait) in a remote mountain tribe who likes a girl named Evolet (Camilla Belle).

When warlords from nowhere raid his village and kidnap her, he vows to search for her at great distances if he has to.

He, along with other hunters, discover that they are not the only ones on Earth and each stop in the journey finds them more and more amazed about this. The special effects are the obvious draw, in seeing the Earth as we have never known it, and there are also Mastodons. Big, imposing creatures, and that's yet another good reason to see about this civilization on the screen. (PG-13, 109 minutes)

College Road Trip - Martin Lawrence stars as an overprotective father to Raven-Symone, who wants to head out on a "girls only" road trip to check out possible universities, but he decides that he'll escort her on this road trip. Donnie Osmond co-stars, presumably as one of those weird folks you'd find on the road only in a Hollywood movie, especially with that grin that's lasted all of these years.

Director Roger Kumble has come a long way from the hard-R-rated Cruel Intentions in 1999, as College Road Trip is rated G. What an innocuous title, though. (G, 83 minutes)

The Bank Job - The infamous 1971 robbery of the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone, London serves as the inspiration for this heist thriller, as a car dealer (Jason Statham, Transporter) just wants to keep away from the trouble he's had before, especially since he has a new family. But a model (Saffron Burrows, Deep Blue Sea) from his past and his old neighborhood promises a foolproof bank hit that's sure to produce dividends, if not for a box with contents that put the London criminal underworld and the British government on the same level.

You might recognize co-star Colin Salmon as an assistant to M (Judi Dench) in three of the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films. (R, 110 minutes; Canyon Country only)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - In 1939 London, a flighty and confused American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse, (Amy Adams, Enchanted) hires a social secretary (Frances McDormand, Fargo), who's actually a governess dismissed yet again from a previous job, but under unfair circumstances.

Miss Pettigrew, as she is called, decides not to let on to Delysia of whom she actually is, and proceeds to really live her new lifestyle. One of the highlights of the film is bound to be Shirley Henderson, who excels in anything she's in, such as the Bridget Jones films and Marie Antoinette, and here she plays a fashion maven who sees that Miss Pettigrew isn't at all what she's trying to be. (PG-13, 92 minutes; Canyon Country only)

The Other Boleyn Girl - Henry VIII he is, he is, and he's Eric Bana, being courted by sisters Ann (Natalie Portman, Closer) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson, Lost In Translation) for the wealth and power that comes with being close to the king.

First it's Mary who rides ahead and develops genuine feelings for Henry, but Anne wants more: to be Queen of England. The dealings of royalty are based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, and the screenplay is by Peter Morgan, whose play, Frost/Nixon, will be out in theaters as a Ron Howard film later in the year.

Penelope - A girl (Christina Ricci, Sleepy Hollow), born to wealthy parents (SCTV's Catherine O'Hara and Brit Richard E. Grant), must endure the family curse that saddles her with the nose of a pig. The curse can only be broken when she finds love with someone who accepts her as she is, but that's a tad difficult, because the suitors who come through and initially like her, can't get past the nose. Reese Witherspoon, one of the producers of the film, has a small role. (PG, 102 minutes; Valencia only)

Semi-Pro - Life is good for singer Jackie Moon (SNL alum Will Ferrell) who is only known for one hit, but that's enough to give him all the money he wants to own a basketball time in the ABA, rival to the NBA and responsible for slam dunk contests and the three-point shot.

When the ABA decides that it's time to merge with the NBA, Moon's team, the Flint Michigan Tropics, looks to be the first casualty, but not unless the team finally wins. Oh yes, and there's bear wrestling. (R, 85 minutes)

Jumper - A young man's (Hayden Christensen, Shattered Glass) genetics allow him to teleport to anywhere he wants in time and space. He learns that what he can do has existed for centuries and that he's only one of a number of "Jumpers," who have been battling forces (one of them being Samuel L. Jackson in white hair, with yet another variation on his kicking-butt attitude) that have vowed to kill them. Diane Lane (Untraceable), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), and Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) co-star. (PG-13, 88 minutes)

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Strange goings-on occur after a single mother (Mary Louise-Parker, Weeds) and her three children move into a dilapidated house, and it is believed that they're caused by Jared (Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland), the troublemaker of the family.

However, it is soon learned that magical creatures roam the outdoors around the house and want a guide that Jared has found, by his great, great-uncle, Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn, Good Night And Good Luck), that makes of the fantastic creatures all around. (PG, 97 minutes)

Definitely, Maybe - While in the midst of a divorce, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds, Van Wilder), a political consultant, is asked by his 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) to tell her about his life before the marriage and keeping the names of the women a secret, Maya must figure out which one of the three women (Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, and Isla Fisher) is her mother, and show Will that the past isn't entirely inaccessible after leaving it. Oscar-winner Kevin Kline shows up as a political consultant. (PG-13, 112 minutes; Valencia only)

Step Up 2 the Streets - The nearly in-name-only sequel to the hit 2006 street dancing film (Channing Tatum briefly reprises his role as Tyler Gage to make the transition) sees Andie - a rebellious street dancer enrolling at the Maryland School of the Arts - finds it difficult to fit in.

She meets and joins up with Chase (Robert Hoffman), the best dancer at the school, to form a dance team. (PG-13, 97 minutes; Valencia only)

Fool's Gold - After losing his wife Tess (Kate Hudson, Almost Famous) to divorce, "Finn," (Matthew McConaughey, We Are Marshall). Finn is a treasure hunter obssesed with finding a sunken Spanish ship laden with gold - 40 chests of treasure that were lost in 1715. (PG-13, 111 minutes; Valencia only)

There Will Be Blood - Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) opus about silver miner-turned-oil tycoon Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York), which scored an Oscar win for Day-Lewis, Plainview gets into oil after learning of a little town out West that has a sea of it, and hits it big. All kinds of conflict arise in this town. (R, 158 minutes; Canyon Country only)

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