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Article published on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008
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Secret Service Agents Holden (Richard T. Jones, left) and Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid, right) assist a fellow agent in Columbia Pictures’ “Vantage Point.”
PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters on Feb. 22, including the following:

“Vantage Point” – In Columbia Pictures’ action-packed thriller, eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Mathew Fox) are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton (William Hurt) at a landmark summit on the global war on terror.

When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide in the hunt for the assassin. In the crowd is Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker), an American tourist who thinks he’s captured the shooter on his camcorder while videotaping the event for his kids back home. Also there, relaying the historic event to millions of TV viewers across the globe, is American TV news producer Rex Brooks (Sigourney Weaver).

As they and others reveal their stories, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place – and it will become apparent that shocking motivations lurk just beneath the surface. Rated PG-13.

“Be Kind Rewind” – From the fiercely imaginative mind of Academy Award-winning writer and director Michel Gondry comes “Be Kind Rewind,” a tale of two childhood friends who inadvertently get caught up in a scheme to rewrite film history and, in turn, save their beloved video store from extinction.

What results is a heartwarming story featuring a sharp-tongued elderly woman who befriends her chauffeur, an investigation by a team of spectral analysts hunting down ghosts in New York, a heart-pounding adventure about a Hong Kong detective and his foul-mouthed partner, a coming of age story set in South Central Los Angeles, and a genetically re-engineered cop fighting criminals ... all rolled into one. Starring Jack Black, Mos Def and Danny Glover. Rated PG-13.

“Charlie Bartlett”“ – “Charlie Bartlett” is an insightful coming-of-age story characterized by its big heart and irreverent sense of humor. Charlie (Anton Yelchin), a wealthy, intelligent 17-year-old, has been kicked out of nearly every boarding school in town and is now enrolled in the local public high school, headed by the reluctant principal Gardner (Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr.).

Initially struggling to find a place in the new school, Charlie eventually establishes himself as the supportive listener who dispenses well-needed advice, and the occasional prescription, to mixed-up teens. As intuitive Charlie befriends and emotionally influences nearly every student at Western Summit High, the entire school begins to transform into a very different place. An original comedy from director Jon Poll, editor/co-producer on “Meet the Fockers” and executive producer of “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” Rated R.

“Witless Protection” – Larry the Cable Guy returns for another comic misadventure as a small town sheriff who unwittingly gets involved in a high profile FBI case in Lionsgate’s new comedy, “Witless Protection.”

During a routine day spent patrolling his small town, Larry witnesses a beautiful, high-class woman, Madeleine, being held against her will by four mysterious, black-suited men. Recognizing the opportunity to save the day, Larry “kidnaps” her, only to learn that Madeleine is actually a key witness in a high-stakes Chicago crime case and her captors are FBI agents assigned to protect her. Madeleine is furious. But Larry, who rightly suspects the agents are crooked and Madeleine is in danger, forces her on a harebrained trip to Chicago to solve the case himself.

Together, the hilariously mismatched duo must grapple with angry FBI agents, quack doctors and Chicago high society in his funniest, most unpredictable adventure yet.
Article published on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008
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