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JANUARY 2007

 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Jake Cherry, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Kim Raver, Patrick Gallagher, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson (Directed by Shawn Levy; Written by Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon; Fox) A single, dum-dum dad (Ben Stiller) finally lands a decent job, thanks to the in-put of his patient ex-wife (Kim Raver). The job--night watchman at New York’s American Museum of Natural History--is decent, but not without its problems. Most annoying of all, the museums exhibits, ranging from Teddy Roosevelt to Attila the Hun to a mischievous T-Rex skeleton, come smashingly to life at the stroke of midnight an remain that way through the small hours of the morning. Dealing with the messy situation in a manful manner, pop finally manages to convince his neglected son (Jake Cherry) that he is indeed a super parent. And let this be a warning to you: Director Shawn Levy is the bold auteur who put you to sleep with the recent rehashes of “The Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Now Playing

FREEDOM WRITERS: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Deance Wyatt, Mario, Vanetta Smith, John Benjamin Hickey, Pat Carroll (Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese; Paramount) Hilary Swank, playing real-life teacher and author Erin Gruwell, faces an enormous challenge in winning over the cynical, resentful, street-tough students of the 1990’s Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. The fact that Gruwell and her resistant students eventually co-wrote the highly regarded “Freedom Writers Diary” provides a clue as to how she fared in her uphill battle. Now Playing

ALPHA DOG: Emile Hirsch, Anton Yelchin, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Dominique Swain, Lukas Haas, Olivia Wilde, Shera Danese, David Thornton, Harry Dean Stanton, Vincent Kartheiser, Xan Cassavetes (Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes; Universal) A desperate young dope pusher (Emile Hirsch) kidnaps a teenager (Anton Yelchin) whose big brother owes him a substantial sum of money. It turns out that the kid enjoys being held hostage since it gives him an opportunity to learn new tricks from his captor and his companions. This quirky crime story is based on the adventures of Jesse James Hollywood, one of the youngest people ever to land on the FBI's Most Wanted List (he was dropped from the list when he was captured in the summer of 2005). To read about more new biopics, click here. Now Playing