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What's Playing at the Edwards Theaters This Week?

Escape's Movie Roundup

Posted: February 25, 2008 2:51 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Here's what's playing now at the Edwards Theatres in Canyon Country and Valencia:

Vantage Point - President Ashton (William Hurt) arrives in Spain with the Secret Service in close proximity for a summit designed to finally end the terrorism that has been plaguing the world in recent years. Soon, Ashton is shot, and a puzzle is at hand in trying to figure out who shot him, what the witnesses know and have seen, and which point of view is the most accurate in figuring all this out. (PG-13, 90 minutes)

Charlie Bartlett - Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) has been kicked out of every private school he's ever attended, for many reasons, including making fake IDs that are amazingly authentic. His foray into public school isn't faring well but he determines that the frustrations of his fellow classmates can make for good business, by becoming their psychiatrist in the boys' bathroom, with him in an adjacent stall, dispensing advice. Robert Downey Jr. co-stars as the principal, and Hope Davis plays Charlie's mother Marilyn. (R, 97 minutes; Canyon Country only)

Witless Protection - Comedian Larry the Cable Guy stars as, well, pretty much Larry the Cable Guy, as a sheriff in a small town who witnesses four men in black suits holding a high-class woman (Ivana Milicevic) against her will. It turns out that the woman is a key witness in a Chicago crime case and the four men are FBI agents. But Larry suspects that the FBI agents are crooked and out to eliminate her, and takes the woman on a trip to Chicago to try to solve the case himself. (PG-13, 97 minutes; Canyon Country only)

Jumper - A young man's (Hayden Christensen) 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. (PG-13, 88 minutes)

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Strange goings-on occur after a single mother (Mary Louise-Parker) and her kids move into a dilapidated house, and it is believed they're caused by Jared (Freddie Highmore) the troublemaker of the family, and one of three kids, including his sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) and his twin brother Simon (Highmore again). 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), that makes note of the fantastic creatures all around. (PG, 97 minutes)

Definitely, Maybe - While in the midst of a divorce, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), a political consultant, is asked by his 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) to tell her about his life before the marriage and 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. Kevin Kline shows up as a political consultant, and watch for Gareth, played by the sharp-minded Adam Ferrara. (PG-13, 112 minutes)

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 and finding 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 made up of misfit classmates, with the intent of competing with them in an underground dance contest called "The Streets." (PG-13, 97 minutes)

Fool's Gold - After losing his wife Tess (Kate Hudson) to divorce, and his beloved salvage boat to the water, obsessed treasure hunter Ben finds a clue that could lead to the 18th century Queen Dowry, 40 chests of treasure that were lost in 1715. The former wife, Tess, finds work about a yacht owned by Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), a billionaire, but is soon convinced to join Ben on the search, and so is Nigel and his Paris Hilton-like daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena). (PG-13, 111 minutes)

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins - RJ Stevens (Martin Lawrence), a successful TV talk-show host returns home to Georgia with his fiancée Bianca (Joy Bryant) for his parents' 50th anniversary (Margaret Avery and James Earl Jones, adding some prestige to the production), and find that his relatives (including Mo'Nique and Michael Clarke Duncan) are the biggest challenge in remembering why it was that he once called this home. (PG-13, 114 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) is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Lewis, which he may well win. 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, between Plainview and the town's preacher (Paul Dano) and even between him and his son H.W. (Dillon Freasier). (R, 158 minutes; Canyon Country only)

Juno - Incredibly smart and witty 16-year-old Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) finds herself pregnant by her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). She decides not undergo an abortion, and decides to give the baby up for adoption, finding what she believes to be a perfect couple: wealthy Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), the latter wanting a child so badly. The screenplay by Diablo Cody should be guaranteed an Oscar. (PG-13, 92 minutes; Valencia only)

The Eye - A blind concert violinist (Jessica Alba) receives a double corneal transplant that restores her sight, and with the help of her doctor (Alessandro Nivola) and her sister (Parker Posey), she adjusts to having a life with sight. However, she sees unsettling visions of Death which may have been left behind the previous owner of the eyes that are now hers. (PG-13, 97 minutes; Valencia only)

Untraceable - FBI Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) and her team (including Colin Hanks) work to track down a different kind of Internet predator, who states that the more people who visit his website, the faster the person in his grasp will die. Soon, the hunt becomes personal for Jennifer and the psychopath must be found faster. (R, 101 minutes; Valencia only)

27 Dresses - A young woman (Katherine Heigl) has served as a bridesmaid 27 times, but is not sure about the 28th time, which would be her sister's (Malin Akerman) wedding to a man she's secretly loved for so long: her boss (Edward Burns). (PG-13, 107 minutes; Valencia only)

The Bucket List - The rich CEO of a hospital (Jack Nicholson) learns that he has been diagnosed with cancer and only has a year left. Subject to his own policy of two people to a room and no more, he meets Carter (Morgan Freeman) who doesn't have much longer to live either and is soon convinced by him to make a "bucket list," encompassing all the things he wants to do before he dies. Soon, they're off to Hong Kong, the French Riviera and other destinations and adventures. (PG-13, 97 minutes; Valencia only)


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