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Movies with a * are recommended.

* 'The Beauty Academy of Kabul' (NR)

Liz Mermin's documentary follows a group of American hairdressers as they barrel into Afghanistan and open a school for beauticians.

Combs and curling irons may seem like odd weapons, but the stylists wield them in order to help these Afghan women regain their place in their country - with lovely results.

Hollywood

'Beerfest' (R)

A group of American drinking buddies discovers an ancient German custom: drinking till you can't say 'bier.'

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Academy, Valley

'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.

Mission, Academy

'Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?' (NR)

Following the campaign for Dick Gephardt's congressional seat in Missouri, this political documentary explores the question of whether a no-name candidate without big money can run successfully for Congress.

Hollywood

* 'The Departed' (R)

The terrific 2002 Hong Kong thriller 'Infernal Affairs' has been smashingly reincarnated by Martin Scorsese as 'The Departed.' An all-star cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.

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'The Descent' (R)

Two parts suspenseful adventure film, one part ultragory monster flick, this little horror masterpiece by director Neil Marshall ('Dog Soldiers') is definitely not for folks who are claustrophobic or sensitive to realistic, explicit violence.

Academy

'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.

Bagdad, 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.

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

'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

'Flicka' (PG)

In this new adaptation of Mary O'Hara's novel 'My Friend Flicka,' Alison Lohman plays Katy, a teenager who dreams of working on her family's ranch. But her father (Tim McGraw) wants her to finish high school and go to college instead. Katy tries to prove herself by taming a wild mustang she finds and names 'Flicka.'

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'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.

Academy, Movies on TV

'Gabrielle' (NR)

Based on Joseph Conrad's story 'The Return,' director Patrice Chéreau's film is a claustrophobic, Bergmanesque examination of how an empty marriage crumbles after the first small crack. Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory star.

Hollywood

'Grudge 2' (PG-13)

A sequel to the 2004 horror hit about a mysterious supernatural force that fills people with rage before killing them. This time Amber Tamblyn ('Joan of Arcadia') plays the American girl in for a terrible fright in Tokyo.

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'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).

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'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.

Hollywood

'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.

Laurelhurst, Academy

'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, St. Johns Theater

* '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

'Infamous' (R)

Destined to be known as 'the other Truman Capote movie,' this glossier and broader account of the writing of 'In Cold Blood' is interesting enough to be watchable but never affecting.

Fox Tower

'Invincible' (PG)

Based on a true story, this inspirational tale about a sports underdog who defies the odds is the kind of warmhearted family film you just don't see anymore.

Laurelhurst

'Jackass: Number Two' (R)

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

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

* 'Jesus Camp' (NR)

A documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ('The Boys of Baraka') about an evangelical summer camp. Some viewers will be as inspired as others are disturbed by the intense indoctrination of the children into what is ultimately as much a political as a religious movement.

Fox Tower

* '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.

Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV

'Keeping Mum' (R)

In this British comedy the Rev. Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson) is so obsessed with writing a sermon, he fails to notice his wife is having an affair, his daughter is dating hooligans, and his son is being bullied at school.

Fox Tower

* 'The Last King of Scotland' (R)

Director Kevin Macdonald ('Touching the Void') turns his documentarian's eye to this fictional tale set in Uganda in 1970 where an ambitious-yet-naive Scottish doctor is first seduced by dictator Idi Amin's charm and then terrified by the dictator's cold brutality. Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Amin.

Fox Tower

'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.

Laurelhurst

* '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.

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'Man of the Year' (PG-13)

Robin Williams stars as Tom Dobbs, host of a 'Daily Show' type comedy program who becomes a surprise third-party candidate for the presidency, then a surprising and surprised victor. Williams seems stranded between his familiar wackiness and his more recent serious bent.

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'The Marine' (PG-13)

Professional wrestler John Cena plays a heroic Marine who is discharged (against his will) during the Iraq war. But he finds no peace back home when his wife is kidnapped by a murderous criminal played by a creepy Robert Patrick.

Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Monster House' (PG)

In this animated movie, three kids discover that the house across the street from one of them actually is a monster and eats anything that walks on its property.

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'One Night With the King' (PG)

A religious film about the orphaned, young Jewish girl who grows up to become Esther, the Queen of Persia, from the Old Testament.

Lloyd Mall, Evergreen Parkway, Division Street

'Open Season' (PG)

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

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'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.

Movies on TV

'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

* '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.

Laurelhurst

'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, 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.

Lloyd Mall, 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.

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