Screens That's a wrap

The low-down on this week's premieres

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this week’s films opened Wednesday, November 23.

Based on Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians living in New York City as they attempt to find their place in the world while struggling with poverty, love, and the AIDS epidemic.

Returning to New Jersey after 10 years, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds), an overweight geek in high school, reunites with Jamie (Amy Smart), his best friend and the love of his life in Just Friends. Now an attractive L.A. music executive, can Chris get out of the “friend zone” and tell her how he truly feels?

A remake of the 1968 film of the same name, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, Yours, Mine & Ours now stars Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid as two widows, one with 10 children and the other with eight, who marry and give a new meaning to the phrase full house.

John Cusack (Must Love Dogs) and Billy Bob Thornton (Bad News Bears) tread on thin ice as thieves who steal $2 million from the mob in The Ice Harvest.

When DJ Darrell (Usher) accidentally saves the life of a mafia boss’ daughter, he is assigned to be her full-time bodyguard in In the Mix.

Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice is retold once again, this time with Keira Knightly (Love Actually) portraying Elizabeth Bennett `see “More Brontë than Austen,” November 17-23, 2005`.

In Bee Season, Richard Gere (Unfaithful) plays a father who gives his full attention to his daughter, a spelling-bee champion, and overlooks the emotional downfall of everyone else around him `see "When a 'B' is more than a bee"`.

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.

By Kiko Martinez