Movies showing March 9-15
Photo courtesy Warner Bros.Produced by the same people who made ÒSin CityÓ, Ò300Ó is a retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler, above) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. The movie is based on Frank MillerÕs epic graphic novel.

300

Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, “300” is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

The film brings Miller’s acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.

Black Snake Moan

There was a time when Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) played the blues. Now he lives them. Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a shattered marriage, Lazarus’ soul is lost in spent dreams and betrayal’s contempt — until Rae (Christina Ricci).

Half naked and beaten unconscious, Rae is left for dead on the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her.

The God-fearing, middle-aged black man quickly learns that the young white woman he’s nursing back to health is none other than the town tramp from the small Tennessee town where they live. Worse, she has a peculiar anxiety disorder — she’s addicted to sex.

Refusing to know her in the biblical sense, Lazarus decides to cure Rae of her wicked ways — and vent some unresolved male vengeance of his own. He chains her to his radiator, justifying his unorthodox methods with quoted scripture. By saving Rae, he hopes to free himself.

Bridge to Terabithia

Based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel, “Bridge to Terabithia” is a fantasy and adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination.

Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is an outsider at school and even in his own family. Then he meets Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb). Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends.

Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess.

Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes.

There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies.

Daddy’s Little Girls

A reverse-Cinderella tale centers on a successful attorney (Gabrielle Union) who falls in love with a financially challenged mechanic (Idris Elba) who is a single father of three children.

The relationship hits a snag when the janitor’s ex-wife comes back into his life and threatens to take away their kids.

Norbit

Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has never had it easy. As a baby, he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant and orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy). Things get worse when he’s forced into marriage by the mean, junk food-chugging queen, Rasputia (Eddie Murphy).

Just when Norbit’s hanging by his last thread, his childhood sweetheart, Kate, moves back to town.

Ghost Rider

Long ago, superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) made a deal with the devil to protect the ones he loved most — his father and his childhood sweetheart, Roxanne (Eva Mendes).

Now, the devil has come for his due. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider — but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons.

Forced to do the devil’s bidding, Johnny is determined to confront his fate and use his curse and powers to defend the innocent.

Reno 911!: Miami

The brave men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department — the thin khaki line that keeps Reno, Nevada on the straight and narrow — star in their first feature film, based on the hit Comedy Central television series.

The deputies of the Reno Sheriffs Department attend a law enforcement convention in Miami Beach, where the motley crew is charged with protecting the city after bio-terrorists attack the convention.

The Number 23

The psychological thriller stars Jim Carrey as a man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled “The Number 23.” As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life.

His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined.

Wild Hogs

Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy hit the road in this rollicking comedy-adventure about a group of middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. Taking a long dreamed-of breather from their stressful jobs and family responsibilities, they can’t wait to feel the freedom of the open road.

When this mis-matched foursome, who have grown far more used to the couch than the saddle, set out for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, they encounter a world that holds far more than they ever bargained for.

The trip begins to challenge their wits and their luck, especially during a chance run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real-life biker gang who are less than amused with their novice approach.

As they go looking for adventure, they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget.

Zodiac

Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation’s history.

As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.