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From left, Geneva (Winona Ryder), Beth (Jennifer Connelly), Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) in the comedy “The Dilemma” about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do.
Rogen portrays “The Green Hornet” while Vaughn and James team up for “The Dilemma.”

The Dilemma

Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum
Director: Ron Howard
Rated: PG-13

Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do.

Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) has been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), by their sides, they're unbeatable.

But Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend.

The Green Hornet

Genre: Action, adventure and crime
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson
Director: Michel Gondry
Rated: PG-13

In the 3D action-comedy “The Green Hornet,” Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire.

Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. To get close to the criminals, they come up with the perfect cover: They’ll pose as criminals themselves.

Protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets. Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Barney’s Version

Genre: Foreign, drama and biopic
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Rated: R

Based on Mordecai Richler's award winning novel – his last and, arguably, best – “Barney’s Version” is the warm, wise and witty story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), who meets the love of his life (Rosamund Pike) at his wedding – and she is not the bride.

A candid confessional, told from Barney’s point of view, the film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through the different acts of his unusual history. There is his first wife, Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free sprit with whom Barney briefly lives la vie de Boheme in Rome. The second Mrs. P. (Minnie Driver) is a wealthy Jewish Princess who shops and talks incessantly, barely noticing that Barney is not listening.

And it is at their lavish wedding that Barney meets, and starts pursuing, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife, the mother of his two children, and his true love. With his father, Izzy (Dustin Hoffman) as his sidekick, Barney takes us through the many highs, and a few too many lows, of his long and colorful life.

Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is also capable of all kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity, and goodness when we – and he – least expect it. His is a gloriously full life, played out on a grand scale. And, at its center stands an unlikely hero – the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.

Hood to Coast

Genre: Documentary and sports
Director: Marcie Hume and Chris Baaden
Not rated

Each year in the Hood To Coast Race, 1,000 teams – 12,000 runners – in 2,000 vans cover 197 grueling miles as a relay team, putting themselves through an arduous physical journey that as an individual would be impossible.

The race starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet and finishes at Seaside, Oregon. There are 12 runners per team. In 2008, more than 40 countries were represented in the race.

Some run to test their personal limits, some to overcome personal obstacles and others leap in blindly looking for a way to shake up a complacent life. “Hood to Coast” follows four teams, revealing that winning isn’t everything in a documentary that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary.

Ong Bak 3

Genre: Action, foreign and sequel
Cast: Tony Jaa and Chupong Changprung
Director: Tony Jaa and Panna Ritthikrai
Rated: R

Martial arts legend Tony Jaa writes, directs, produces and stars in “Ong Bak 3,” the third and final installment in one of the most beloved action series of all time.

Picking up at the cliffhanger ending where “Ong Bak 2” leaves off, Jaa ramps up the epic supernatural elements of the previous film, while still maintaining the trademark bone-crunching action that the series is known for. This time he must face his ultimate enemy: a fierce supernatural warrior named “Demon Crow,” played by fellow martial arts sensation Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior). Eagerly anticipated by martial arts aficionados for some time, the match-up of Jaa and Chupong is explosive.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
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