The Shipping News (PG-13) A film about the ties that bind and blast families apart, director Lasse Hallstrom's dysfunctional dish du jour stars Kevin Spacey as an aimless screw-up who takes off with his aunt and young daughter to make a new start in the frozen expanses of his family's old stomping grounds, Newfoundland. The Shipping News doesn't add up to all that much, but the movie delivers an engaging and often mysterious atmosphere. Also stars Cate Blanchett.
Sing-Along Sound of Music (G) This interactive theater experience guarantees to be a hit with gay men, drama geeks and just about anyone else who secretly belts out Climb Every Mountain in the shower. What it entails: The musical numbers in The Sound of Music are subtitled in English (lo siento, amigos) for the audience to sing along to. For those of you who don't know this movie ... insert puzzled look here ... it's the 1965 Academy Award-winning, Rodgers and Hammerstein classic about a single dad, his impertinent ex-nun nanny and Nazis. Other tunes include the famous title track, My Favorite Things and 16 Going on 17. Stars handsome man Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews as the saucy babysitter who gets crafty with curtains. Watch and sing in the splendiferous glory of Tampa Theatre, but be sure to down a few stiff ones at the nearby Hub beforehand for optimum camp enjoyment. The premiere benefit opening of this special feature is Jan. 31 at Tampa Theatre. $20. Regular run begins Feb. 14. Call 813-274-8981 for more info.
Snow Dogs (PG) Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a Miami dentist who inherits a team of sled dogs, and must learn to race them or lose the pack to a grizzled old mountain man.
Vanilla Sky (R) Tom Cruise chews up the screen in this faithful-to-a-fault remake of a Spanish cult film about a self-obsessed playboy who finds reality and fantasy blurring after he's involved in a terrible accident.
A Walk to Remember (PG) High school romance between the coolest guy in class (Shane West) and a preacher's daughter (pop star Mandy Moore). Also stars Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah.
—Reviewed entries by Lance Goldenberg unless otherwise noted.