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



A comedy about two rival figure skaters (Will Ferrell and Jon Heder) who have been banned from the sport after getting into a fistfight at the World Championships. They find a loophole that will allow them to compete again - they have to become partners and skate as a pairs team. With Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Jenna Fischer. Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon. Released by DreamWorks. This film is not yet rated.

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What the critics say:

"It's a pleasure to sit back and revel in the ways the film riffs on the standard plot points such as the grudging friendship, the moment of tenderness, the artificial dustup just before the Big Game and, of course, the training montage."

Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star

"The ice-skating movie you never wanted to see but will find hard to resist."

-Betsy Pickle, Scripps Howard News Service


Disney is behind this computer-animated comedy about a brilliant young inventor named Lewis who dreams of finding his birth mother. After his invention is stolen by a villain known as Bowler Hat Guy, Lewis meets a mysterious stranger who takes him into the future so he can get his invention back and defeat the bad guy. Featuring the voices of Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry, Laurie Metcalf and Tom Kenny. Directed by Stephen J. Anderson. Released by Buena Vista Pictures. This film is not yet rated.

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What the critics say:

"Like many worthwhile movies, this one's about the longings of the heart, and the happiness that comes when those longings are fulfilled."-Phil Kloer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This thing is one bumpy ride."

-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

OPENING IN LIMITED RELEASE (check local listings):


A Dane named Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen, recently seen as the villain in "Casino Royale") who works in an orphanage in India is offered a donation that would give the facility some much-needed funds. There's a catch, though - the donor wants him to return home to Denmark, where Jacob is destined to learn some surprising things about his benefactor and his own past. With Rolf Lassgard and Sidse Babett Knudsen. Directed by Susanna Bier. Released by IFC Films. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"A filmmaker who excels in peeling back those delicate layers of human frailty, Denmark's Susanne Bier returns with another powerful family portrait."

-Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

"The film generates such visceral heat, the whole notion of genre becomes irrelevant."

-Erica Abeel, Film Journal International


Part historical drama and part thriller, this film follows a young Jewish woman who changes her identity to protect herself from the occupying Nazi forces in the Netherlands during World War II. When she falls in with the Dutch resistance, she faces even greater peril when they order her to get close to a German officer to steal information. Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman. Directed by Paul Verhoeven ("Robocop," "Total Recall"). Released by Sony Pictures Classics. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"No movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic."

-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"It succeeds on almost all fronts."

-Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter


A thriller about a brain-damaged young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who takes a job as a bank janitor, only to find himself duped into taking part in a planned robbery. With Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher. Directed by Scott Frank. Released by Miramax. Rated R.

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What the critics say:

"In a knockout directing debut, (Scott) Frank cooks up his own mischief. The web he spins will pull you in. Guaranteed."

-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A solidly directed movie that does what it wants to do well."

-John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter


"Black Christmas"

A remake of the 1974 horror film about the sisters in a sorority house who begin receiving disturbing phone calls during Christmas Break, a situation that escalates into terror once the young women start to disappear. Starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert and Andrea Martin. Directed by Glen Morgan. Released by Dimension Films. Rated R. Available April 3

"Charlotte's Web"

A live-action adaptation of the beloved E.B. White book about a pig named Wilbur who gets some help from a special friend, a spider named Charlotte. with Charlotte's help Wilbur manages to avoid being slaughtered and proves that he is indeed "some pig." Starring Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson and Gary Basaraba; featuring the voices of Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi, Cedric the Entertainer, Oprah Winfrey and others. Directed by Gary Winick. Released by Paramount Home Video. Rated G. Available April 3.

"The Complete Brady Bunch"

All 117 episodes of the late 1960s-early 1970s sitcom about a merged family of boys and girls. This set comes in a special 'shag carpet" box to help you relive those that "Brady" era of truly bad home decoration. Released by Paramount Home Video. Not rated. Available April 3.

"Copying Beethoven"

A bewigged Ed Harris stars as Ludwig van Beethoven in this drama about a young woman (Diane Kruger) who serves as a copyist for the great composer just before he premieres the Ninth Symphony, a then-radical work destined to be one of the best-loved compositions in the world. With Matthew Good and Joe Anderson. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Released by MGM. Rated PG-13. Available April 3.

"Death of a President"

This film raised a great deal of controversy when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month. Told in the form of a documentary, this film looks at what might happen if President George W. Bush was assassinated and how that might lead to an even greater clampdown on civil liberties. Directed by Gabriel Range. Released by Lions Gate. Not rated. Available April 3.

"The Good Shepherd"

Matt Damon stars in this sprawling tale of an American intelligence operative who helps found the CIA after World War II, only to become more paranoid and obsessed with his job as the Cold War stretches on through the years. with Robert De Niro (who also directed), Angelina Jolie, Billy Crudup, William Hurt and Joe Pesci. Released by Universal Home Video. Rated R. Available April 3.

"The Natural - Director's Cut"

This baseball film from 1984 stars Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, an aging ballplayer who happens to have a magic swing. Contains six minutes of extra footage cut from the theatrical release. With Glenn Close, Wilford Brimley, Kim Basinger, Darren McGavin and Richard Farnsworth. Directed by Barry Levinson. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated PG. Available April 3.

"Twin Peaks - Season 2"

The final season of the short-lived but influential TV series co-created by director David Lynch. Although the second episodes are wildly uneven, the series finale is one of the most bizarre, creepy two hours you're likely to see on television. Released by Paramount Home Video. Not rated. Available April 3.


The acclaimed Spanish director's latest film is a comic drama blended with elements of surrealism about three generations of strong, determined women who cope with adversity in Almodovar's native La Mancha. Almodovar says the film is about the "culture of death in my native region," one in which the dead seemingly co-exist with the living. Starring Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Yohana Cobo and Blanca Portillo. Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated R. Available April 3.


"Cake Mania"

Faster and less fattening than dealing with real cakes, this edition features the entire online version of the game plus an expansion pack that has players baking and decorating cakes through dozens of levels in exotic locales. Published by Majesco for Nintendo DS. Rated E. Available April 3.

"Enchanted Arms"

A fantasy role-playing game that takes place in a mythical world has players guide a novice enchanter was caught up in a war that was 1,000 years in the making. Published by Ubi Soft for Play/station 3 and Xbox 360. Rated T. Available April 3.

"Prince of Persia: Rival Swords"

A blend of fantasy, history and action set in ancient Babylon that has players guide a prince through a series of adventures has he travels home to his war-ravaged kingdom. Published by Ubi Soft for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Portable. Rated T. Available April 3.

"The Sims 2: Celebration!"

Like the other "Sims" but with more emphasis on furniture, fashion, parties and food. Players can plan weddings, evening parties with impressive layouts and other things that don't reflect the drab real world most of us live in. Published by Electronic Arts for Pc. Rated T. Available April 3.

"SingStar Pop"

An interactive singing game that has amateurs perform with songs and videos by the likes of Rihanna, Gorillaz and U2. Custom microphones not included. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 2. Rated E-10+. Available April 3.


Andiamo, "Love, From Italy": The trio of young tenors sing some of the best-known songs associated with the city of Naples, including "O Sole Mio" and "Volare." Released by Denon Records. In stores April 3.

Brandi Carlile, "Story": With help from legendary producer T-Bone Burnett, the songwriter opts for a stripped-down live sound on her follow-up to her self-titled debut album. Released by Sony. In stores April 3.

Jarvis Cocker, "Jarvis": The former Pulp frontman makes his solo debut. Released by Rough Trade Records. In stores April 3.

Kurt Elling, "Night Moves": The jazz vocalist tries his hand at such well-known tunes as "In the Wee Small Hour" and "Tight." Released by Concord Records. In stores April 3.

Fountains of Wayne, "Traffic and Weather": The fourth album from the witty New Jersey band has songs about sometimes hapless, sometimes joyful characters such as a somber DMV employee, a tired couple at an airport baggage claim and two smitten newscasters. Released by Virgin Records U.S. In stores April 3.

Kings of Leon, "Because of the Times": Said to be on the brink of the big time, the Southern rockers belt out more of their signature tunes while showing a few more influences. Released by RCA. In stores April 3.

Alison Krauss, "A Hundred Miles or More": This disc collects music and duets that bluegrass star Krauss has performed on albums other than her own. Includes performances with the likes of Brad Paisley, James Taylor and The Chieftains. Released by Rounder/Umgd. In stores April 3.

Martina McBride, "Waking Up Laughing": The country singer explores issues of family, unwed mothers and child abuse on her ninth album. Released by RCA. In stores April 3.

Ozomatli, "Don't Mess with the Dragon": The band blends R&B and ska into its salsa-rock style on their second album. Released by Concord Records. In stores April 3.

Throbbing Gristle, "Part Two - The Endless Not": The pioneers of industrial music release their first studio album in 25 years. Released by Mute. In stores April 3.

Timbaland, "Timbaland Presents Shock Value": The producer/hip-hop and R&B star's latest disc includes guest vocals by Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and Elton John. Released by Interscope Records. In stores April 3.


All times are EST/PST.

Sunday, April 1

"Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award": The comic is the first recipient of the Comedy Festival's Comedian Award. With appearances by Chris Rock, Garry Shandling and Robert Klein. 9 p.m., HBO.

"The Tudors": Jonathan Rhys-Meyers stars as Henry VIII in this new series set in the days before the British monarch became legendarily large. 10 p.m., Showtime.

Monday, April 2

"The Bachelor": Yep, "The Bachelor" is back. No one is quite sure why. 9 p.m., ABC.

Tuesday, April 3

"Frontline": The documentary "So Much So Fast" tells the story of Stephen Heywood, a man diagnosed with ALS - otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and how he and his family tried to keep the disease from ruining what time he had left. 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Wednesday, April 4

"Jericho": Roger goes nuts over a decision to kick refugees out of Jericho. 8 p.m., CBS.

"Lost": Sawyer may be banished if he doesn't shape up. what took so long? 10 p.m., ABC.


Mary Higgins Clark, "I Heard That Song Before": Believing him to be misunderstood, a woman marries a wealthy man who has been suspected in the deaths of two women, only to find he has some strange secrets. Published by Simon & Schuster. In stores April 3.

Mohsin Hamid, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist": A successful Pakistani emigre's life in America falls apart in the wake of Sept. 11, leading to a fateful meeting with a stranger back in his home country. Published by Harcourt. In stores April 3.

A.M. Homes, "The Mistress's Daughter": In this memoir novelist Homes ("In a Country of Mothers") recounts meeting her biological parents for the first time, a meeting that was not altogether steeped in joy. Published by Penguin Group. In stores April 3.

Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, "Kingdom Come: The Final Victory": The sixteenth and final book of the "Left Behind" series. Published by Tyndale House. In stores April 3.