STEVEN SPIELBERG’S science-fiction resumé with this dark sci-fi adven-includes close encounters, an extra-terrific ter- ture that brings the saga full
restrial, artificial intelligence—as well as circle. Anakin Skywalker
precogs and Precrime. In his latest work, War (Hayden Christensen) and
of the Worlds, Spielberg creates eye-popping Obi- Wan Kenobi (Ewan
scenes of destruction, chaos and horror as McGregor)haveemergedas
Earth takes a beating from uninvited visitors. heroes in the battle against Something wicked this way comes: Tom Cruise and Dakota
H.G. Wells’ tale of a Martian attack on evil General Grievous’droid Fanning brace for the big alien attack in War of the Worlds.
Earth stars Tom Cruise as Ray, a deadbeat warriors. Meanwhile, back
dad, whose attempts at reconciling with his on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown Hanks. The DVD is available this month.
wife and children are interrupted by a cata- in power. To Anakin, his closest ally, he reveals Batman Begins. In the wake of his par-strophic alien invasion. Ray scrambles to get the true nature of power and the promised ents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir
his children away from this merciless enemy, secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) unveils his alter
embarking on a journey that will take them Anakin to the dark side. The DVD is available ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his
across the ravaged countryside, where they this month. strength, intellect and an array of high-tech
become caught in the desperate tide of refugees The Polar Express. A young boy’s belief deceptions to fight the sinister forces that
fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of in Santa Claus is rewarded on Christmas Eve, threaten Gotham. The DVD is available now.
Tripods. But no matter where they run, there in this holiday treat from director Robert Keep an eye out for other new releases
is no safety, no refuge—only Ray’s unconquer- Zemeckis. The film’s distinctive look was a arriving soon, including The Bad News
able will to protect the ones he loves. The film result of a process called “performance cap- Bears, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
is available on DVD this month. ture,” in which human actors perform Fantastic Four, The Island, Madagascar
Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of movements that are translated into lifelike and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. All titles listed above
the Sith. George Lucas draws the box-office- animation. Many of the body and voice per- can also be found on costco.com.
record-setting Star Wars film series to a close formances are by executive producer Tom —Mark E. Stroder
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