This week's premieres

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Something's Gotta Give (Milovať je zábavné) - Romantic comedy by Nancy Meyers. As usual, Jack Nicholson plays his charming self. But this time it is blatantly obvious, as he plays Harry, an aging playboy with a penchant for younger women. After suffering a heart attack at the home of his young girlfriend's mother (Diane Keaton), he finds himself, for the first time ever, attracted to a woman his own age. But his young and virile doctor (Keanu Reeves) begins to develop similar feelings.

Secret Window (Tajomné okno) - Thriller by David Koepp. In this adaptation of a Stephen King story,

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Johnny Depp plays an accomplished writer who has moved to the country to escape from his messy divorce. Shortly thereafter, a strange man (John Turturro) pays him a visit and accuses him of stealing a story from him. Bad things start happening. Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton, and Charles Dutton also star. But let's be honest: The brooding Depp and the manic Turturro are two of the finest actors we have. The more screen time they share, the better.

Hidalgo (Oceán ohňa) - Adventure by Joe Johnston. The biggest star to emerge from the recent film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) was unquestionably the perpetually scruffy, well-chiselled

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Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn), whose first post-LOTR starring role is in Hidalgo. He plays Frank T Hopkins, a cavalry rider who has taken part in some of the bloodiest Native American battles in the Wild West. After growing tired of this, he decides to take his trusted horse, Hidalgo, to the Middle East to participate in a deadly race across the desert from Arabia to Iraq. Does the film capitalize on the West's currently muddled attitude towards the Middle East? Hard to say. But, in addition to Mortenson, it has one other major thing working in its favour: the presence of world-class bridge player Omar Sharif, who in his spare time has starred in some of the greatest films ever made (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago).

Other movies playing

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The Runaway Jury (Porota) - Drama/Thriller by Gary Fleder. Yet another film based on a novel by John Grisham (The Firm, The Pelican Brief), expect high courtroom drama, ruthless characters, and a tense build-up to the climax. Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman appear in their first film together, as legal adversaries, and John Cusack and Rachel Weisz play people doing things that good jurors are not supposed to do.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Texaský masaker motorovou pílou) - Horror by Marcus Nispel. A remake of one of the greatest horror films of all time, this one has a hard act to follow. Because it's produced by Michael Bay, the current king of empty, bloated Hollywood action, one can be sure that it will bear little resemblance to the clever, simultaneously funny and frightening low-budget original. But, though there's certainly a big difference between great teen horror and bad teen horror, it's always at least somewhat fun.

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Along Came Polly (Riskni to s Polly) - Romantic comedy by John Hamburg. Ben Stiller's latest foray into neuroticism has its moments, but does little to distinguish itself from the rest of his like-minded films. It's ultimately the characters that surround him that are worth noting, though Jennifer Aniston is once again merely the love interest and Philip Seymour Hoffman goes through this one with his eyes closed. It's Alec Baldwin's gleeful turn as Stiller's boss that steals the show and leaves one begging for more... of him, at least.

Calendar Girls (Hore bez) - Comedy drama by Nigel Cole. This true story of middle-aged Englishwomen who become famous by removing their clothes for a charity calendar struggles when it tries to

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create drama. But the immense charm of its actresses prevails, making it a cute way to argue that age does not matter. Helen Mirren, as always, is an absolute delight.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (Scooby-Doo 2: Príšery vypustené)- Comedy/Mystery by Raja Gosnell. The justly beloved cartoon series about an excitable mystery-solving dog and his four human companions, returns to the silver screen in live-action/animated form. The first film provoked wildly differing responses (largely negative) and this one has been received even less enthusiastically. Fortunately, one can be sure that this film will not take itself too seriously (or at all, for that matter).

Mambo Italiano - Comedy drama by Émile Gaudrealt. In the wake of recently successful ethnic romantic comedies (Monsoon Wedding, Bend it Like Beckham, and - last and most certainly least - My Big Fat Greek Wedding) comes this tale of Italian immigrants in Montreal. Angelo (Luke Kirby) desperately wants to move out of his parents' house. But the traditional Italian couple (Paul Sorvino and Ginette Reno) are appalled by the idea of one of their own leaving home before getting married. The situation is slightly more complicated than the parents realise, however: The still closeted Angelo wants to move in with his boyfriend.

Prepared by Jonathan Knapp

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