Screens That's a wrap

The low-down on this week's premieres

Christian Bale (The Machinist) sports the tights once worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney to portray the nocturnal superhero who attempts to save Gotham City from some of its own corrupt citizens in Batman Begins, the prequel to 1989's original Batman `see "When he was bad..." in this issue of the Current`.

In Batman Begins, we find out how billionaire businessman Bruce Wayne becomes the Dark Knight through personal tragedy, intense training, and philosophical teachings. We are also introduced to The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) and Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe), the eighth and ninth villians to be introduced in the feature films.

The film is directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento) and also stars Academy Award-winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), Liam Neeson (Kingdom of Heaven), Gary Oldman (The Contender), and Katie Holmes (Wonder Boys) as Wayne's love interest.

In The Perfect Man, a title some women might find oxymoronic, single mother Jean Hamilton (Heather Locklear) seems always to pick the wrong guys. To get mom out of her rut, daughter Holly (Hilary Duff) creates a secret admirer inspired by the romanticism of her friend's uncle (Chris Noth). But when Jean's ready to meet Mr. Right, Holly must produce a man who only exists through e-mails and love letters.

Two documentaries, Mad Hot Ballroom and Rock School `see "It's okay, I'm with the band" in this issue of the Current`, tag along with kids as they try to hone their artistic talents. For the students in Ballroom, its all about dancing the tango, swing, and foxtrot. For the rockers in School, its all about jamming out and becoming musical gods - minus the drugs, booze, and groupies.

Kiko Martinez