New At The Movies: 'Cars' & More

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“Cars”

Starring: Luke Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Petty, Cheech Marin, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, George Carlin, John Ratzenberger, Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Michael Schumaccher, Bob Costas, Jennifer Lewis

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town?s offbeat characters--including Sally, a snazzy 2002 Porsche, Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, and Mater, a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.

“A Prairie Home Companion”

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Maya Rudolph, Lindsay Lohan, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones

After 32 years, Garrison Keillor’s radio variety show is coming to an end. Set on a rainy Saturday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, fans file into the Fitzgerald Theater to see “A Prairie Home Companion,” a staple of radio station WLT, not knowing that WLT has been sold to a Texas conglomerate and that tonight?s show will be the last. Backstage cast and crew assemble for one last hurrah. They include: The Johnson Sisters, Yolanda and Rhonda, a country duet act that has survived the county-fair circuit; Lola, who gets her big chance to sing on the show and then forgets the words; Guy Noir, a private eye down on his luck who works as a backstage doorkeeper; and Dusty and Lefty, the Old Trailhands, a singing cowboy act.

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