The low-down on this week’s premieres
Who says 2D animation is dead? In Curious George, based on the children’s books by authors H.A. and Margaret Rey, the curious little monkey makes it to the big screen and to America when The Man in the Yellow Hat (voiced by Will Ferrell) accidentally brings him back from Africa.
Before you computer geeks get too excited, Firewall, which stars Harrison Ford (Hollywood Homicide) is not about software and hardware. Ford plays Jack Stanfield, a security specialist who must break into the bank where he works to steal money to ensure the safety of his kidnapped family.`See “Being there” in this issue of the Current.`
Death is knocking at the door for the third time in Final Destination 3. This time around, a group of teens cheat death when they decide not to get on a rollercoaster after a friend has a premonition that the ride will break off its tracks. Amusement-park owners frown as director James Wong (Final Destination) returns for this installment.
A prequel to the Peter Sellers’ original 1964 film, The Pink Panther stars Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Here, the detective attempts to solve the murder of a world-famous soccer coach and find the Pink Panther diamond.
In The White Countess, Jackson (Ralph Fiennes), a blind American diplomat in 1930s Shanghai, develops a relationship with a young Russian refugee (Natasha Richardson) who works various jobs, including as a taxi driver and prostitute, to support her family.
Speaking of Russian refugees, Ballets Russes is a documentary that tells the history of the influential 20th-century ballet troupe. `See “Ballet a little burlesque” in this issue of the Current.`
Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes. •