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by: Courtesy of Lions Gate Entertainment, 'Employee of the Month'

Movies with a * are recommended.

'The Black Dahlia' (R)

Brian De Palma's film, based on the James Ellroy novel, is a convoluted story of dirty cops, damaged dames, crooked politicians and murder, adapted for the screen in such a way that every detail is whisked on and off the stage far too quickly to give the audience a chance to catch up.

Cinetopia, Lloyd Mall

'The Devil Wears Prada' (PG-13)

Anne Hathaway plays Andy Sachs, an earnest young would-be journalist in her first post-college job, as an assistant to the legendarily witchy editor (Meryl Streep) of a Vogue-like fashion magazine.

Kennedy School, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Employee of the Month' (PG-13)

Amy (Jessica Simpson) only dates 'Employee of the Month' winners at Super Club, so head cashier Vince (Dax Shepard) and slacker Zack (Dane Cook) compete for the title and the hot girl.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Everyone's Hero' (G)

A young boy helps Babe Ruth win the World Series in this inspirational animated adventure.

Movies on TV

'Facing the Giants' (PG)

Fear and failure are the giants that an underdog football team from a Christian high school must face in this spiritually uplifting film.

Lloyd Center, Evergreen Parkway

'Factotum' (R)

Henry Chinaski is a sultan of the skids, a barstool bard whose daylong benders fuel nightlong writing jags. This is a considerably less pungent portrait of cult author Charles Bukowski than 1987's 'Barfly' - it could use more of that earlier film's vivid wino-breath sting and miasmatic romance.

Laurelhurst

'Flyboys' (PG-13)

America's very first combat pilots fought with the French army before the U.S. officially entered World War I. This is their story.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street

'Gridiron Gang' (PG-13)

Troubled youths find redemption through sport … again. This time it's football and coach Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'The Guardian' (PG-13)

It's sink or swim as a rookie in the Coast Guard (Ashton Kutcher) gets some life lessons from a hard-bitten instructor (Kevin Costner).

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street, Roseway

'Half Nelson' (R)

Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is a Brooklyn junior-high history teacher with a drug habit in this drama, which takes an admirably cliché-free look at a teacher-student relationship.

Fox Tower

'Hollywoodland' (R)

Adrien Brody, Diane Lane and Ben Affleck star in this whodunnit focused around the death of George Reeves, a real-life actor who will always be known as television's Superman.

Cinemagic, Fox Tower

'The Illusionist' (PG-13)

In early 1900s Vienna, the mysterious feats of a stage magician (Edward Norton) incur the threatening interest of the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell), whose fiancée (Jessica Biel) is the magician's long-lost love.

Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall

* 'An Inconvenient Truth' (PG)

Director Davis Guggenheim creates a surprisingly gripping cinematic interpretation of former Vice President Al Gore's globe-trotting slide show presentation on global warming.

Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Jackass: Number Two' (R)

Johnny Knoxville and the crew are back with more of the disgusting, dangerous and humiliating stunts that made them famous.

Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark StreetSt. Johns Theater

* 'Jet Li's Fearless' (PG-13)

This inspirational biopic about martial artist Huo Yuanjia, who rallied Chinese national pride amid the growing Western influence of the early 20th century, blends fast and furious action, melodrama and sentimentality with the usual Hong Kong exuberance.

Century Eastport, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'The Last Kiss' (R)

Zach Braff plays a 29-year-old architect who is frightened about his impending fatherhood and scared that his life soon will sink into dull, repetitive tedium - a fear shared by his three self-involved, idiot friends, who all treat the women in their lives abominably.

Lloyd Mall

* 'Little Miss Sunshine' (R)

This dysfunctional family saga concerns a misfit brood taking the 7-year-old daughter to a little-girl beauty pageant in Southern California. The cast includes Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear.

Century Eastport, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Moreland

'My Life With Count Dracula' (NR)

This documentary covers the last days of Dr. Donald A. Reed, who in 1962 formed the Count Dracula Society, which eventually evolved into the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Hollywood

'Open Season' (PG)

'Hunting season' takes on new meaning in this animated comedy about a bear and a deer who decide to fight back.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (PG-13)

This sequel to 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' is heaped to the point of creaking with even more of what made the original such unexpected fun.

Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Stark Street

'School for Scoundrels' (PG-13)

This update of a cheery 1960 British comedy stars Jon Heder ('Napoleon Dynamite') and Billy Bob Thornton as romantic rivals.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'The Science of Sleep' (R)

Director Michel Gondry's third feature is his first without a script by Charlie Kaufman ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind').

Gael García Bernal stars as the fantasy-prone Stéphane, whose fantasies are rendered in a variety of whimsical styles.

Fox Tower

* 'Scoop' (PG-13)

Unable to resist getting one last scoop from beyond the grave, a dead journalist (Ian McShane) passes a story on to a young journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) and hack magician (Woody Allen). It's a lightweight film, but a very funny one.

Laurelhurst, Academy

* 'Superman Returns' (PG-13)

Bryan Singer's film about the Big Blue Boy Scout isn't about big set pieces, explosions and fancy special effects. It's a sad, moving, sometimes funny, often thrilling adventure, and not a slam-bang, loud, stupid popcorn-muncher.

Still, you should see it on the big screen.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' (PG-13)

NASCAR star Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is at the top of the heap, until a French racer threatens his domination.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Mission, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' (R)

Learn how the carnage began in this prequel to the cult horror classic. Blood, gore and chain-saw lovers won't be disappointed.

Century Eastport, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'The U.S. vs. John Lennon' (PG-13)

This documentary chronicles the period when a vigilant J. Edgar Hoover took time out from trying on frocks to train his sights on the peace-mongering former Beatle.

Fox Tower

* 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' (PG)

In the mid-1990s, drivers sang the praises of the EV1, a new electric car. This documentary chronicles General Motors' development, and subsequent destruction, of an environmentally friendly wonder.

Laurelhurst, Academy


A guide to neighborhood movie theaters

DOWNTOWN

Broadway Metroplex

1000 S.W. Broadway

800-326-3264, ext. 321

www.regalcinemas.com

Fox Tower

846 S.W. Park Ave.

800-326-3264, ext. 327

www.regalcinemas.com

Pioneer Place

340 S.W. Morrison St.

800-326-3264, ext. 683

www.regalcinemas.com

Whitsell Auditorium

1219 S.W. Park Ave.

503-221-1156

www.nwfilm.org

NORTHEAST PORTLAND

Hollywood Theatre

4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

503-281-4215

www.hollywoodtheatre.org

Laurelhurst Theater

2735 E. Burnside St.

503-232-5511

www.laurelhursttheater.com

Lloyd Cinema

1510 N.E. Multnomah St.

800-326-3264, ext. 325

www.regalcinemas.com

Lloyd Mall

320 Lloyd Center Mall

800-326-3264, ext. 326

www.regalcinemas.com

McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

503-249-7474, ext. 4

www.mcmenamins.com

Roseway Theatre

7229 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

503-287-8119

www.theroseway.net

NORTHWEST PORTLAND

Cinema 21

616 N.W. 21st Ave.

503-223-4515

www.cinema21.com

Mission Theater

1624 N.W. Glisan St.

503-249-7474, ext. 5

www.mcmenamins.com

NORTH PORTLAND

St. Johns Dome

8203 N. Ivanhoe St.

503-249-7474, ext. 6

www.mcmenamins.com

St. Johns Cinema and Pub

8704 N. Lombard St.

503-286-1768

www.stjohnscinema.com

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND

Academy Theater

7818 S.E. Stark St.

503-252-0500

www.academytheaterpdx.com

Bagdad Theater

3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

503-249-7474, ext. 1

www.mcmenamins.com

Century Eastport

4040 S.E. 82nd Ave.

503-775-0000

www.centurytheaters.com

Cinemagic

2021 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

503-231-7919

Clinton Street Theater

2522 S.E. Clinton St.

503-238-8899

www.clintonsttheater.com

Division Street

16603 S.E. Division St.

800-326-3264, ext. 323

www.regalcinemas.com

Moreland Theater

6712 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.

503-236-5257

OMSI Omnimax Dome Theater

1945 S.E. Water Ave.

503-797-4640

www.omsi.edu

SUBURBS

Century Cedar Hills Crossing

3200 S.W. Hocken Ave.

503-672-7469

www.centurytheaters.com

Cinetopia

11700 S.E. 7th St., Vancouver, Wash.

877-608-2800

www.cinetopiatheaters.com

Evergreen Parkway

2625 N.W. 188th Ave., Hillsboro

800-326-3264, ext. 315

www.regalcinemas.com

Hilltop

325 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City

800-326-3264, ext. 319

www.regalcinemas.com

Movies on TV

2929 S.W. 234th Ave., Hillsboro

800-326-3264, ext. 316

www.regalcinemas.com

Stark Street

2929 N.E. Kane Drive, Gresham

800-326-3264, ext. 314

www.regalcinemas.com

Valley Cinema Pub

9360 S.E. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton

503-296-6843