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



Based on the video game, this action film has a father-daughter wrestling team (Kevin Nash and Jaime Pressly), a thief, a kickboxer and a princess arriving on a mysterious island to participate in a fighting tournament run by an evil rich guy (Eric Roberts). With Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe and Holly Valance. Directed by Corey Yuen. Released by The Weinstein Company. Rated PG-13.

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What the critics say:

"One of the year's purest entertainments, the best butt-kicking PG-13 bikini jigglefest since the first 'Charlie's Angels' flick."

-Luke Y. Thompson, The Village Voice

"Dead or alive? It's a no-brainer: the answer is A: dead."

-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (U.K.)


The sequel to the 2005 hit has superheroes the Fantastic Four (Michael Chiklis, Ioan Grufudd, Jessica Alba and Chris Evans) dealing with the imminent destruction of the earth by a planet-devouring being known as Galactus. The four try to stop Galactus by dealing with his cosmic emissary, the Silver Surfer. Things get worse when supervillain Dr. Doom reappears, giving the four two big problems to solve. With Julian McMahon and Doug Jones. Directed by Tim Story. Released by 20th Century Fox. This film is not yet rated.

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What the critics say:

"It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it clips along, entertains, and doesn't overstay its welcome."

-Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

"(The director) can't sustain anything resembling a mood, let alone a sense of gravity."

-Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Emma Roberts stars as the girl detective in this new film based on the beloved series of teen mysteries by Carol Keene. Nancy accompanies her father (Tate Donovan) on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she accidentally uncovers evidence in the mysterious death of a movie star. With Rachael Leigh Cook, Caroline Aaron and Adam Clark. Directed by Andrew Fleming. Released by Warner Bros. Rated PG.

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What the critics say:

"(The movie) serves up stale mystery-movie clichés and overcooked red herrings in a thoroughly wooden adaptation."

-Lael Loewenstein, Variety

"The tone is most similar to the "Scooby-Doo" films, which isn't a compliment."

-Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

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A sort of "Night of the Living Dead" meets "Lassie," this horror comedy takes place in an idyllic 1950s-style world where domesticated zombies work as slaves for well-heeled suburbanites. Timmy and his mom (Carrie-Anne Moss) form an attachment to the new family zombie named Fido (Billy Connolly), a bond that Dad (Dylan Baker) just can't quite understand. It doesn't get easier when Fido kills and eats one of the neighbors. With Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson and K'Sun Ray. Directed by Andrew Currie. Released by Lions Gate. Rated PG-13.

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What the critics say:

"Madly funny - a treat for moviegoers who don't mind gnawed-off limbs with their high jinks."

-David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"Strangely wholesome, gently splattery and adorably gory."

-Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star


"Animaniacs - Volume 3"

This five-disc set of the cartoon series about three bizarre siblings of indeterminate species covers episodes from the 1994-1995 season. Released by Warner Home Video. Not rated. Available June 19.

"Bridge to Terabithia"

Based on Katherine Paterson's popular children's novel, this film concerns a lonely boy and girl who become friends and invent a magical world called Terabithia, a place where they can escape their troubles. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson, Robert Patrick and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Gabor Csupo. Released by Walt Disney Pictures. Rated PG. Available June 19.

"Gray Matters"

This screwball comedy concerns a pair of close siblings (Tom Cavanaugh and Heather Graham) who end up falling for the same woman. Matters get more complicated when the brother impulsively proposes marriage to the woman, sending his sister into a jealous fit. With Bridget Moynahan, Molly Shannon and Sissy Spacek. Directed by Sue Kramer. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Rated PG-13. Available June 19.

"If ..."

A group of boys at a repressive English school begin to rebel against their elders in this mix of anti-establishment drama, dark comedy and surreal fantasy. Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick and Christine Noonan. Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Released by Criterion. Rated R. Available June 19.

"Miss Potter"

Renee Zellweger stars as children's author Beatrix Potter in this drama about the writer's romantic courtship with a publisher (Ewan McGregor) and the tragedy that soon followed. With Emily Watson and Bill Paterson. Directed by Chris Noonan ("Babe"). Released by Weinstein Company. Rated PG. Available June 19.

"Pinky and the Brain - Volume 3"

Another set of the witty cartoon show about a genius mouse and his happy, dim sidekick who try each day to take over the world, with disastrous results. Released by Warner Home Video. Not rated. Available June 19.

"Reno 911!: Miami"

The incompetent cops from Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" hit the big screen as they try to foil a terrorist plot to disrupt a police convention in Miami but, as always, they probably manage to make things even worse. Starring Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Directed by Robert Ben Garant. Released by Paramount. Rated R. Available June 19.


Note: Release dates subject to change

"The Adventures of Darwin"

This simulation game has players guide the evolution of a village of prehistoric people, upgrading your people with better Stone Age-technology and helping to defend them from enemies. Published by D3 Publisher of America for PlayStation 2. Rated E-10+. Available June 19.

"Brothers In Arms: War Stories"

The squad-based World War II shooter finally comes to Nintendo DS in a milder, T-rated version. Published by Ubisoft. Available June 19.


True to its title, this racing game has players drive fast cars through dirt, mud, gravel and other surfaces that coat cars with dust and grime. Game variations include rally, hill climb and CORR desert series. Published by Codemasters for Xbox 360 for PC. Rated E. Available June 19.

"Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"

This game based on the new movie allows players to control any member of the Fantastic Four to battle the Silver Surfer, Red Ghost, Terrax and other villains from the Marvel Comics universe. Published by 2K Games for Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS. Rated T. Available June 19.

"Hitman Trilogy"

Players take on the role of Agent 47 as he stalks and kills his prey with a variety of weapons. Fun for the whole family. Published by Eidos Interactive for PlayStation2 and PC. Rated M. Available June 19.

"Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition"

This most recent chapter in the popular horror/action game series is already available for other platforms, but the Wii edition makes use of the console's unique controller to create a more energetic, interactive experience. Published by Capcom. Rated M. Available June 19.

"The Sims: Pet Stories"

Care for virtual pets, tame different kinds of pet personalities and have your Sims people and their pets compete in local shows. published by Electronic Arts for PC. Rated T. Available June 19.

"Transformers: The Game"

Based on the upcoming big-budget movie, this action game lets players defend Earth as the good Autobots or attack Earth as the evil Decepticons. Publisher Activision notes that everything in the game environment - buildings, vehicles - can be destroyed. Rated E-10+. Available June 19.


Bon Jovi, "Lost Highway": After winning a Grammy for the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home," the band goes whole hog with this album of country music. Released by Mercury Nashville. In stores June 19.

Mandy Moore, "Wild Hope": The singer-actress labored for two years on this folk album. Released by Firm Music. In stores June 19.

Brad Paisley, "5th Gear": The country singer looks back on his younger days with humor and a hard-rock edge.Released by Arista. In stores June 19.

Lifehouse, Who We Are": The band says their fourth album will "rock a little harder" than their previous disc. Released by Geffen Records. In stores June 19.

T-Pain, "Epiphany": the singer-rapper's sophomore album features guest appearances by Akon, Yung Joc, Shawnna of DTP, Cee-Lo and Baby Cham. Released by Jive. In stores June 19.

The White Stripes, "Icky Thump": The band - well, all two of them - describe their sixth album as a mishmash of all kinds of American genres. Released by Warner Bros. In stores June 19.


All times are EDT/PDT.

Sunday, June 17

"Bridezillas": More bad behavior from shrill, spoiled brides. 9 p.m. WE.

"Mystery!": Michael Kitchen returns chief detective Christopher Foyle in a new chapter of "Foyle's War," the mystery series set in Britain during World War II. This time Foyle and his inspectors must investigate a murder at a U.S. Army base. 9 p.m., PBS.

"Flight of the Conchords": A new comedy about two folk musicians from New Zealand and their misadventures in New York. 10:30 p.m., HBO.

Monday, June 18

"Age of Love": A "reality" show with pro tennis player Mark Philippoussis courts and flirts with a group of women, not knowing that half of them are in their 40s. 9 p.m., NBC.

"The Closer": Kyra Sedgwick returns as tough cop Brenda Leigh Johnson as the third season begins with Brenda facing department budget cuts and her boyfriend wanting to get more serious. 9 p.m. TNT.

Tuesday, June 19

"NOVA": Archaeologists examine the bones of long-extinct giant predators in Australia in this segment entitled "Bone Diggers." 8 p.m., PBS.

"AFI Lifetime Achievement Award": Al Pacino gets the award this year, meaning mucho clips from the "Godfather" films and hopefully few clips from "Scent of a Woman." Morgan Freeman hosts. 9 p.m., USA.

Wednesday, June 20

"AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition": The American Film Institute revises its list of 100 great films, providing fodder for endless debate among movie buffs. 8 p.m., CBS.


Jane Green, "Second Chance": A death brings together a group of friends who haven't seen each other in years. Published by Penguin Group. In stores June 19.

Elizabeth Rogers, "The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time": Practical tips on how to help save the environment, with stories from celebrities about how they made their lives greener. Published by Crown Publishing Group. In stores June 19.