Screens That's a wrap

The low-down on this week's premieres

A romantic comedy set in the afterlife, Just Like Heaven plays matchmaker with lonely architect David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo) and Elizabeth Martinson (Reese Witherspoon), a ghost who decides to stick around her old apartment to keep David from getting comfortable after moving in.

In Lord of War, Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) is locked and loaded as Yuri Orlov, an underground arms dealer who distributes firearms across the world. For Yuri, it's all about the AK-47. The film is directed and written by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) `see review, "What price infamy?"`.

In probably one of the first, if not the first, film with a title containing an underscore, Cry_Wolf gives Aesop's fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf a current twist. A group of kids make up a rumor on the internet that a serial killer named "The Wolf" is on the loose. The pranksters, however, are surprised when murders start taking place the way they described them online.

Having nothing to do with the Marvel comic-book character of the same name, Venom follows a group of inept teenagers as they are chased by Mr. Jangles, a serial killer who is possessed by 13 evil spirits.

Our friends at Santikos told us that Lila Says, Best of Youth Part I, and My Summer of Love, will open at the Bijou Theater this week. Lila is a French film about two sexually energetic teens. Youth is half of an Italian film (the second part will open the week after this one does) about two brothers as they live through four decades of their country's history. Love is a film from the U.K. about two girls who develop a friendship during one summer in the Yorkshire countryside.

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.

- Kiko Martinez

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