COMING ATTRACTIONS

Romance, cool Bill Macy fuel weekend


Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 9:28 p.m.
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Ben Stiller, as Reuben Feffer, holds Rodolpho, a pet ferret, in ''Along Came Polly,'' a romantic comedy opening Friday in area theaters.

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Whether she's on the little screen or the big one, just call Jennifer Aniston "funny lady."
Last year, she played the girlfriend of a guy filling in for God in "Bruce Almighty." Now she stars as Ben Stiller's thrill-seeking girlfriend in the romantic comedy "Along Came Polly."
Stiller's character is an insurance company risk assessor who learns you can't plan for everything. That lesson comes hard when his bride dumps him.
In walks Polly, a woman who definitely isn't his type with her tattoos and a near-blind ferret she got in Italy.
But opposites attract in this PG-13 movie opening Friday at Butler Plaza, Cinema 90 in Lake City, the Florida Twin Theatre in Starke and Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West.
There's Oscar buzz for a possible best actor nod for William H. Macy starring in "The Cooler," starting Friday at Butler Plaza.
Macy, whose dad lives in Gainesville, plays an unlucky guy with an unusual job in Las Vegas.
Betting that his unlucky vibes are contagious, the mob uses him to cool down the lucky high rollers.
However, when their "cooler" falls in love and discovers lady luck, it's bad news for him and a crooked casino director. "The Cooler" is rated R and also stars Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello and Paul Sorvino.
In the vein of "The Fast and the Furious" comes "Torque." This time, the racers are bikers, including one who is chased by a biker gang after he's wrongly accused of murder.
Director Joseph Kahn makes his feature film debut with this flick.
He's previously been a video director whose credits include songs from Eminem, Moby , U2 and, most recently, the newly unmarried Britney Spears.
"Torque," rated PG-13, starts Friday at Butler Plaza.
Also opening this week is a star from Saturday morning television, a dog named Spot. In the animated flick "Teacher's Pet," Spot teaches himself to read and pretends to be a boy so he can go to school.
Voices for the film, rated PG and playing at Butler Plaza, include Nathan Lane and David Ogden Stiers.
Other movies opening Friday are the World War II drama "The Cuckoo," rated PG-13 and playing at Royal Park, and the unrated foreign drama "The City of No Limits," showing at the Hippodrome Cinema.
The Hippodrome also is showing the documentary "Arsenal of Hypocrisy: The Space Program and the Military Industrial Complex" Monday.
The film is part of the monthly documentary series co-sponsored by The Civic Media Center and the Hippodrome Cinema.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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