for May 18
  • Shrek the Third

    Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Mike Meyers, as well as Antonio Banderas are all back as the voices of Shrek’s world.
  • 1. Pan's Labyrinth

    A stunningly brilliant film, a fairytale not intended for young children, this Spanish-with-English-subtitles film was full value for it’s Academy Award this year.  The story of a young girl in Franco’s Spain whose mother has remarried to a cruel army officer, it sends her on a quest in which she meets all manner of strange underground creatures.  The quest on which she has been sent may be instigated by the powers of darkness … or maybe the powers of light – we won’t know until the ending. Rated 14A.

  • 2. Stomp the Yard

    A no-name cast led this film to very big box office, particularly in the eastern US.  It’s the story of a young man whose brother, an expert street dancer, dies under dire circumstances.  The surviving sibling goes off to college but his pursuit of an education is thwarted by a step-dancing competition … based on actual activities at American universities, anyone for whom dance is a big thing will like this one. Rated PG.

  • 3. The Fountain

    Brad Pitt was the original star of this sci-fi fantasy film but creative differences caused him to leave – good thing too – Hugh Jackman took over the lead role in this time-travel hodge-podge that really doesn’t explain anything as a man pursues his love through time and space.  Some great special effects, but what good is that if you can’t understand what’s going on? Rated PG.

  • Rick's Pick: Pan's Labyrinth

    Frightening special effects highlight this movie, which is only called “Pan’s Labyrinth” in English … in Spanish, it’s “The Labyrinth of the Fawn.”

Xanadu (1980)
A box-office flop, this one has become a cult favorite.  Olivia Newton-John in her only headline role, and Gene Kelly in his final feature film make great music and dance together.  Andy Gibb was supposed to play the lead, but died before filming began.
  • 28 Weeks Later

    This sequel to “28 Days Later” is a great chiller, and many, many cuts above your standard slasher movie. And the zombies run, they don’t stagger!  
  • Georgia Rule

    Jane Fonda is still in fine form – she’s a grandmother this time, to a bratty teen played by Lindsay Lohan.  Has some good moments.

  • Delta Farce

    Larry the Cable Guy is too obnoxious for me in this parody of military films.