The low-down on this week's premieres
A remake of the 1968 family adventure The Love Bug directed by Academy Award-nominee Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins), Herbie: Full Loaded stars teen queen Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) as the race-car driver of a Volkswagen beetle that has more personality than David Hasselhoff's Trans Am KITT from the '80s TV series Knight Rider. The film comes out at the perfect time, with NASCAR headliner Danica Patrick stealing the spotlight in the world of motor sports and proving that girls can drive with the boys.
Boil, boil, toil and trouble. Based on the late '60s TV series, Bewitched reinvents the sitcom with Will Ferrell (Kicking & Screaming) and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours). As a small-screen producer, Jack Wyatt (Ferrell) hopes to bring Bewitched back to current television audiences everywhere. During production, Jack unknowingly casts Isabel Bigelow (Kidman), a real-life witch, as the crafty lead once played by Elizabeth Montgomery, thus turning his professional and personal life upside down. The film also stars Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) and Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules).
Director George A. Romero (1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead, and 1985's Day of the Dead) returns to his true calling with another zombie flick, Land of the Dead. Brain munching will surely never die with Romero serving up the flesh once again.
Brothers, opening exclusively at the Bijou, tells the story of a man named Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) as he is released from prison and his brother Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) heads off to Afghanistan. When Michael's helicopter crashes and he is presumed dead, Jannik takes over as the father and husband figure in Michael's home.
Birds are the word in the documentary Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a film that follows the relationship between a homeless man living in San Francisco and a flock of wild Conures.