A look at what's new in movies, books, music, television, video games and DVDs for the weekend.
"HOSTEL, PART II"
This sequel to 2005's hit horror film has another group of college kids finding the world's most unpleasant getaway spot. Some young women studying in Rome are invited on a trip to a supposedly relaxing spot somewhere in Europe, but what's waiting for them is torture and murder at the hands of some very sick rich people. Starring Lauren German, Bijou Phillips, Heather Matarazzo, Richard Burgi and Milan Knazko. Directed by Eli Roth. Released by Lions Gate Films. Rated R.
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What the critics say:"This may not be the kind of movie you'd want to sit through repeatedly - or even once, for that matter. Regardless, Ross is good at what he does."
-Christy Lemire, The Associated Press
"(T)he only way to watch is to suspend any literal-minded analysis and appreciate Roth's Grand Guignol sensibilities on their own level."
-Peter Debruge, Variety
The second sequel to the caper film "Ocean's Eleven" adds Al Pacino to the star mix. Billy Ocean (George Clooney) and his pals (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon) team up with an old nemesis (Andy Garcia) to rob a hated casino mogul, with the motive being revenge instead of riches. With Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Elliott Gould. Directed by Steve Soderbergh. Released by Warner Bros. Rated PG-13.
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What the critics say:
"The new film is so listless and logy it needed Michael Moore to take it to Cuba for emergency medical treatment."
-Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"Ocean's Thirteen still feels like one trip too many to the craps table."
-David Germain, The Associated Press
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With a TV crew tagging along, a surfing penguin leaves his home in Antarctica to enter a pro competition in this animated spoof of sports films and reality TV shows. Featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Brian Benben, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder and Jane Krakowski. Directed by Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Rated PG.
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What the critics say:
"If you have to see another penguin blockbuster, you could do worse than this loose-limbed charmer."-Ella Taylor, The Village Voice
"The film cuts a curl of brisk family fun."
-Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE (check local listings):
"LA VIE EN ROSE"
Marion Cotillard stars as popular French singer Edith Piaf in this energetic biopic that traces the singer's lean days as a Paris street urchin to her success as a pop icon and eventual decline following the death of her lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan. With Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Martins and Pascal Greggory. Directed by Olivier Dahan. Released by Picturehouse. Rated PG-13.
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What the critics say:
"Hurtling and impassioned, driven by some of the greatest popular music ever recorded, this wildly overripe and unkempt biopic is a true experience."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"(This) extraordinary film is an opportunity rich with discovery."
-Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Note: Release dates subject to change
"Blood and Chocolate"
A horror fantasy about a young woman (Agnes Bruckner) in Budapest who falls in love with an American, a romance that threatens to expose the secret that she and her family are a bunch of werewolves. Starring Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez. Directed by Katja von Garnier. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available June 12.
Chris Cooper stars in this drama based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent who was convicted of selling national secrets to the Russians. Ryan Phillippe plays a young FBI agent assigned to collect evidence on Hanssen (Cooper), whose staid, conventional life belies his work as a double agent. With Laura Linney, Kathleen Quinlan and Gary Cole. Directed by Billy Ray. Released by Universal Home Video. Rated PG-13. Available June 12.
"Deadwood - Season 3"
The final season of HBO's gritty, acclaimed drama about the Old West and the legendary town of Deadwood. Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) seeks re-election, forcing him to forge an alliance with saloon owner and local crime boss Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) against the unscrupulous George Hearst (Gerald McRaney), who's ready to show everyone how much damage big-time capitalists can cause. With Brad Dourif, Molly Parker, Dayton Collie and Powers Boothe. Released by HBO Home Video. Available June 12.
Nicolas Cage stars in this fantasy action film based on the Marvel Comics series. A stunt rider named Johnny Blaze (Cage) makes a deal with the Devil, a pact that forces him to become the Ghost Rider, a supernatural being with a flaming skull for a head and a motorcycle that defies the laws of physics. With Donal Logue, Sam Elliott, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley and Peter Fonda. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Released by Columbia Pictures. Rated PG-13. Available June 12.
One of Paul Newman's most famous roles is amoral pool player "Fast" Eddie Felson, the anti-hero of this 1961 drama. Felson hopes to make a name for himself by beating legendary player Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), but his arrogance may be his downfall. With George C. Scott, Piper Laurie and Murray Hamilton. Directed by Robert Rossen. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Not rated (contains strong profanity, graphic violence and nudity). Available June 12.
"Welcome Back, Kotter: Complete First Season"
The first season of the mid-1970s comedy included then-rising star John Travolta as one of the "Sweathogs," a gang of students deemed unteachable by their high school and sent to a remedial class with new instructor Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan). Of course, the Sweathogs are capable of learning, and hijinks ensue. Released by Warner Home Video. Not rated. Available June 12.
"Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree"
A collection of brain-teasers for young and old players. Published by Nintendo of America for Nintendo Wii. Rated E. Available June 11.
"Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia"
An action/shooter game that has players fend off a horde of monsters that's decided to attack their party, a battle that spills over to different locations in the town. Published by SouthPeak Interactive for Xbox 360 and PC. Rated T. Available June 12 (postponed from earlier May 29 release date).
"Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2"
This game based on the hit Cartoon Network show allows players to do battle and complete dozens of missions as one of 30 different characters. Published by Namco Bandai Games America for PlayStation 2. Rated T. Available June 12.
A puzzle game that scores based on the number of moves you make and the speed with which you complete the each challenge. Published by D3 Publisher of America. Rated T. Available June 12.
"Rainbow Six: Vegas"
Battle terrorists in Las Vegas with the help of a team of operatives in this chapter of the popular Tom Clancy game series. Published by Ubisoft for Sony PSP (title already available for Xbox 360, Xbox, Play Station 2 and PC). Rated T. Available June 12.
"Scarface: The World is Yours"
"Say Hello to my little friend!" Be gangster Tony Montana and smuggle drugs, kill rivals and dodge the DEA in this action game based on the 1983 cult classic. Fun for the whole family, if your family is made up solely of 18- to 24-year-old males. Published by Vivendi Games for Nintendo Wii (title already available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC). Rated M. Available June 12.
An action game that combines airplane dogfights with time travel, allowing the player to enjoy blowing up different machines from different eras. Published by Konami for Nintendo DS. Rated E-10+. Available June 12.
Paula Cole, "Courage": The singer-songwriter returns after an eight-year hiatus, joined by Herbie Hancock. Released by Decca. In stores June 12.
Fabolous, "From Nothin' to Somethin':" Young Jeezy, Jay-Z and Uncle Murda make guest appearances on rapper Fabolous' fourth album. Released by Def Jam. In stores June 12.
Enrique Iglesias, "Insomniac": The singer croons with good humor about his sleepless nights. Released by Interscope Records. In stores June 12.
Toby Keith, "Big Dog Daddy": Keith acted as his own producer for the first time on this disc that combines classic country with a rockabilly sound. Released by Show Dog Nashville. In stores June 12.
Queens of the Stone Age, "Era Vulgaris": The band opts for a more stripped-down sound after their sprawling 2005 album "Lullabies to Paralyze." Released by Interscope Records. In stores June 12.
Mark Olson, "The Salvation Blues": Alt-country singer-songwriter Olson reunites with fellow Jayhawk Gary Louris on this album of songs that chronicle the painful collapse of his marriage. Released by Hacktone Records. In stores June 12.
Various artists, "Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur": R.E.M., U2, Green Day, Big & Rich and Lenny Kravitz are among the diverse array of artists on this benefit album to raise money for those suffering in violence-ravaged Darfur. Released by Warner Bros/Wea. In stores June 12.
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Sunday, June 10
"61st Annual Tony Awards": Theater's biggest night as the top Broadway shows are honored. 8 p.m., CBS.
"The Sopranos": The great, one-of-a-kind drama ends - but how? 9 p.m., HBO.
"John from Cincinnati": The new show from the creator of "Deadwood" begins with a mysterious stranger entering the lives of a family of depressed surfers in Southern California. 10 p.m., HBO.
Monday, June 11
"Big Love": The drama about a bigamist, his three wives and his extended family begins its second season. 9 p.m., HBO.
Tuesday, June 12
"America's Got Talent": These celebrity wannabees prove the show's title it debatable at best. 8 p.m., NBC.
Wednesday, June 13
"Creature Comforts": Two episodes of the new show from the creators of "Wallace and Gromit," including the pilot. 8 p.m., CBS.
"Last Comic Standing:" God help us, it's back. 9 p.m., NBC.
"Rescue Me": The drama about NYC firefighters begins its new season with Tommy in trouble, and for once it's not his fault. 10 p.m., FX.
Jeffery Archer, "Cat O' Nine Tales": Novelist Archer offers 12 strange tales, all of which he insists are true. St. Martin's Press. In stores June 12.
Richard Bachman, "Blaze: A Posthumous Novel": Stephen King's fictional author Bachman takes a final bow with this crime novel originally written in 1973. Published by Simon & Schuster. In stores June 12.
Tina Brown, "The Diana Chronicles": The former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair takes a close look at the late Princess Diana and how she evolved into a media-savvy figure whose exploits did damage to Britain's royalty. Published by Doubleday. In stores June 12.
Martin Cruz Smith, "Stalin's Ghost": Cruz Smith's Russian detective Arkady Renko returns, this time investigating murders for hire amid reports of Stalin's ghost haunting Moscow's subway system. Published by Simon & Schuster. In stores June 12.
Annie Dillard, "The Maytrees": Dillard takes a detour from nonfiction with this novel about a marriage that suddenly ends as the effect the split has on the husband, wife and son. Published by HarperCollins. In stores June 12.
Armistead Maupin, "Michael Tolliver Lives": Maupin's "Tales of the City" character Michael "Mouse" Tolliver returns years after learning he had become infected with HIV. Far from defeated, Michael has a new boyfriend, a drug regimen and some new insights about sexual trends in the 21st century. Published by HarperCollins. In stores June 12.