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A look at what's new in movies, books, music, television, video games and DVDs for the weekend.

MOVIES:

"FRACTURE"

When the murder case against a wealthy man (Anthony Hopkins) who killed his much younger wife falls apart, the attorney (Ryan Gosling) who prosecuted the case is determined to bring the husband to justice. The accused, though, is as smart as he is meticulous, and proving he's a murderer won't be easy. With David Straithairn, Billy Burke and Rosamund Pike. Directed by Gregory Hoblit. Released by New Line Cinema. Rated R.

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"It may be obvious that 'Fracture' is working on us, playing us, but that's its pleasure."

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Tight and lean, "Fracture" plays out with the vigor of a John Grisham novel and the suspense of a slasher flick. There's hardly a crack in this case.-Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

"HOT FUZZ"

This action movie spoof from the creators of "Shaun of the Dead" follows a hotshot young cop (Simon Pegg) who's so hated by his peers that he's transferred to a seemingly sleepy English village where's he partnered with the slob son (Nick Frost) of the local police chief. The quiet is disrupted when a killer dressed in a Grim Reaper outfit starts offing the local populace, and it's up to the two mismatched cops to save the day. With Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Edward Woodward and Timothy Dalton. Directed by Edgar Wright. Released by Rogue Pictures. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"'Hot Fuzz' is a cult film writ humongous—a send-up of Hollywood spectacles that's far bigger and better than anything to which it pays homage."

-Robert Wilonsky, The Village Voice

"It's a blast."

-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"IN THE LAND OF WOMEN"

A romantic comedy-drama in which a failed screenwriter (Adam Brody of TV's "The O.C") returns home to Michigan to care for his grandmother after getting dumped by his girlfriend in L.A. Back home he becomes enmeshed in the lives of a woman across the street (Meg Ryan) and her two young daughters, and finally begins to make sense of his relationships with women. With Kristen Stewart and Makenzie Vega. Directed by Jon Kasdan. Released by Warner Bros. Rated PG-13.

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What the critics say:

"'In the Land of Women' combines hugs and "pain" and dialogue so fakey-cute it makes your ears hurt."-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"(Director Jon Kasdan) bangs us over the head with sentimental platitudes about love and loyalty and leaves nothing open for the audience's interpretation."

-Christy Lemire, The Associated Press

"VACANCY"

A horror film about a couple (Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale) whose car breaks down, forcing them to spend the night at a rural motel. As they kill time watching slasher movies on TV, they realize these movies were filmed in the very motel in which they're staying, and these movies may not be make-believe. With Frank Whaley and Ethan Embry. Directed by Nimrod Antal. Released by Screen Gems. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"(Director) Antal smartly adheres to the no- frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore."

-Tim Grierson, The Village Voice

"Bottom Line: A real grindhouse movie without the Tarantino-Rodriquez snap, crackle and pop."

-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE (check local listings):

"STEPHANIE DALEY"

A teenager (Amber Tamblyn) who gives birth to a baby in a restroom stall and is accused of murder after the infant is found dead in this psychological drama that earned positive nods at the Sundance Film Festival. A psychiatrist (Tilda Swinton) tries to determine if the girl is mentally competent to stand trial, a process that involves peeling away layers of truth to discover what led to the infant's death. With Timothy Hutton. Directed by Hilary Brougher. Released by Regent Releasing. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"(The film) tells a distinctly (sometimes wrenching) feminine tale without making it only relative to Oprah watchers and talk-show bingers."

-Jason Clark, Slant Magazine

"Taut, provocative, sometimes overreaching but always absorbing."

-Scott Foundas, Variety

"THE VALET"

A tycoon (Daniel Auteil) hires a parking attendant to pose as his mistress' boyfriend and live in her flat so his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) doesn't get suspicious in this French farce from director Francis Veber (who wrote the classic comedy "La Cage Aux Folles"). With Gad Elmaleh and Alice Taglioni. Released by Sony Pictures Classics. Rated PG-13.

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What the critics say:

"Another tidy and pleasing addition to the filmmaker's oeuvre."

-Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International

"Resistance to 'The Valet' is futile."

-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly





VIDEO:

"Code Name: The Cleaner"

Cedric the Entertainer stars in this comedy as a janitor suffering from amnesia who comes to believe he's a secret agent. Before long he's entangled in a real conspiracy involving a shady government arms deal. With Lucy Liu, Nicolette Sheridan and Will Patton. Directed by Les Mayfield. Released by New Line Cinema. Rated PG-13. Available April 24.

"Deja Vu"

Denzel Washington stars as a cop who experiences an unsettling feeling of deja vu while investigating the bombing of a New Orleans ferry. Soon he realizes that the feeling may foretell some catastrophe in the future, an event he may be able to stop. With Jim Cavielzel, Adam Goldberg, Bruce Greenwood and Val Kilmer. Directed by Tony Scott. Released by Touchstone/Disney. Rated PG-13. Available April 24.

"Night at the Museum"

A hapless night security guard (Ben Stiller) at a natural history museum is alarmed to see the exhibits come to life and start wreaking havoc. He'll need help from a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) to bring order back to the place. With Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke. Directed by Shawn Levy. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Rated PG. Available April 24.

"The Queen"

Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in this drama laced with strong elements of satire. In the days following the untimely death of Princess Diana, the British people expect the queen to make a show of mourning. But Elizabeth isn't one to shed her public armor so easily. With Michael Sheen and James Cromwell. Directed by Stephen Frears. Released by Miramax. Rated PG-13. Available April 24.

"WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete First Season":The first season of the classic sitcom includes the episode "Turkeys Away!," in which the station's Thanksgiving promotional stunt to drop turkeys from a helicopter over a mall goes messily awry. Oh, the humanity! Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Not rated. Available April 24.





VIDEO GAMES:

"Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos"

A role-playing game that offers three different stories that have angels fighting demons, a prince rescuing captured soldiers and a student suddenly becoming a soldier in a bloody conflict. Published by NIS America for PlayStation Portable. Rated E-10+. Available April 24.

"Ancient Wars: Sparta"

A strategy game in which you equip and lead the Spartan, Egyptian or Persian armies in a war for supremacy in the ancient world. You also have to keep your economy thriving and find ways to enhance your defense and attack capabilities. Published by Eidos Interactive for PC. Rated M. Available April 24.

"Bionicle Heroes"

A science-fiction game based on the LEGOS series of action figures that has players guide Bionicle characters on a quest through various terrains, battling different enemies and unlocking special features. Published by Eidos Interactive for Nintendo Wii (title already available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC). Rated E-10+. Available April 24.

"F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon"

A first-person shooter that pits players against paramilitaries, assassins and a force more sinister and paranormal. Published by Vivendi Games for PlayStation 3 (title already available for PC). Rated M. Available April 24.

"Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar"

An action/role-playing game set in author J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, where playable characters such as Gandalf and Aragon try to help destroy the One Ring to stop the forces of Sauron from conquering all. Published by Midway for PC. Rated T. Available April 24.

"Nancy Drew Double Dare 4"

An adventure game that boasts two mysteries starring the teen sleuth, including one that has her teaming up with those other young detectives, the Hardy Boys. Published by Atari for PC. Rated E. Available April 24.

"Pokemon Diamond" and "Pokemon Pearl"

Role-playing games in which players try to stop a sinister organization who want to control two Pokemon because, well, they're Pokemon. The games have players complete a "Pokedex" in order to become a champion. If any of this makes sense you just might enjoy these games. Published by Nintendo of America for Nintendo DS. Rated E. Available April 22.





MUSIC:

Arctic Monkeys, "Favourite Worst Nightmare": The band finds a faster, louder to accompany bigger ambitions on their second album. Released by Domino. In stores April 24.

"Evil Dead: The Musical": The score to the comedy-horror musical based on the cult film "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn." Performed by the original 2006 Off-Broadway cast. Released by Time Life Records. In stores April 24.

Ibrahim Ferrer, "Mi Sueno": Another set of recordings made by the Cuban singer and member of the famed Buena Vista Social Club before his death in 2005. Released by Nonesuch. In stores April 24.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, "5:55": The movie star and singer (her father is French singer Serge Gainsbourg) makes her U.S. debut with songs written by Air, Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon. Released by Vice Records. In stores April 24.

Bebel Gilberto, "Memento": The Brazilian singer blends acoustic guitar with the electronic dance music that dominated her successful album debut in 2000. Released by Six Degrees. In stores April 24.

Donny Osmond, "Love Songs of the '70s": The singer and 1970s TV star returns with another album of pop standards, this time belting out songs such as "I Can See Clearly Now," "Mandy" and "You Are So Beautiful." Released by Decca. In stores April 24.

Simply Red, "Stay": Dumped by their label in 2002, Mick Hucknell and the rest of the band show nothing keeps them down with their third independently released album. Released by Simplyred.Com. In stores April 24.

Patti Smith, "Twelve": The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer takes on a wide range of hit songs from the last four decades, including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the Doors' "Soul Kitchen." Released by Sony. In stores April 24.

Mavis Staples, "We'll Never Turn Back": Staples looks back the Civil Rights era with the help of musician and producer Rye Coder and guest performers the original Freedom Singers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Released by Anti. In stores April 24.

The Voyces, "Kissing Like It's Love": With well-regarded EPs under their belts, the band releases their long-awaited debut album with original pop songs that hark back to the era of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Released by Planting Seeds. In stores April 24.





TV:

All times are EST/PST.

Friday, April 20

"Real Time with Bill Maher": Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Bill Moyers, GOP strategist Amy Holmes and columnist John O'Sullivan are the guests. 11 p.m., HBO.

Saturday, April 21

"Saturday Night Live": Scarlett Johansson hosts, and the musical guest is Bjork. 11:30 p.m., NBC.

Sunday, April 22

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition": The crew builds a home for a Kentucky family that recently suffered a tragic loss. 8 p.m., ABC.

"Desperate Housewives": Susan calls off the wedding and someone else on Wisteria Lane becomes a murder suspect. 9 p.m. ABC.

"Sherman's March": A documentary that traces the march of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's Union troops through the South toward the end of the Civil War, a campaign meant to utterly break the Confederate spirit. 9 p.m., the History Channel.

"The Sopranos": Tony and Paulie take a trip south, Uncle Junior plays poker and we get some flashbacks. 9 p.m. HBO.

Monday, April 23

"Heroes": The hit show returns with guest star Malcolm McDowell after a weeks-long hiatus. 9 p.m., NBC.

"Summer of Love": This "American Experience" presentation recalls how the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district went sour because of drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Wednesday, April 25

"Lost": Sun discovers who fathered her baby and Desmond forges an unlikely alliance. 10 p.m. ABC.





BOOKS:

David Baldacci, "Simple Genius": Baldacci's Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return for another outing, with King investigating the death of scientist while a bruised Maxwell looks into the origins of her death wish. Published by Warner Books. In stores April 24.

Debbie Macomber, "Back on Blossom Street": Macomber revisits Blossom Street for more stories about members of a knitting circle and how they help each other through life's various dramas. Published by Mira Books. In stores April 24.

Amanda Quick, "The River Knows": A journalist and a free-thinking gentleman find themselves drawn to each other as they investigate the suspicious deaths of several young women in Victorian-era London. Published by Penguin Group. In stores April 24.

Anita Shreve, "Body Surfing": A tutor who's coping with the loss of her husband is hired by a rich couple to help the youngest child with the SAT, but the situation gets explosive when the couple's two grown sons arrive for a visit. Published by Little, Brown & Company. In stores April 24.

Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid": The author of the popular "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books for young adults shares insights and witticisms, some of which the publisher notes were made at "at dinner parties and anarchist riots." Published by HarperCollins. In stores April 24.

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