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Movies with a * are recommended

'Beerfest' (R)

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

Kennedy School, Mission

'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.

St. Johns Dome, Academy

'Conversations With God' (PG)

Filmed in Southern Oregon and Portland in 2005, this film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Neale Donald Walsch.

Fox Tower

* '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.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street, Roseway, St. Johns Theater, Moreland

'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, 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.

Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV

* 'Flags of Our Fathers' (R)

Now in his filmmaking prime at 76, Clint Eastwood takes heroism itself as his subject in this ambitious and moving film.

It is inspired by World War II's most famous visual image: the photograph of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the flag on Iwo Jima, which galvanized failing national spirits in the war's final months but cost the three surviving troops dearly.

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

'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.'

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

'The 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.

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

'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.

Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'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.

Kennedy School, St. Johns Theater, Laurelhurst, Academy

* '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.

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.

Movies on TV

* 'Jesus Camp' (NR)

A documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ('The Boys of Baraka') focuses on 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.

Hollywood

* '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

* '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

* '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.

Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall, Cinemagic

'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.

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

'Marie Antoinette' (PG-13)

Director Sofia Coppola ('The Virgin Suicides,' 'Lost in Translation') draws an interesting comparison between teen-queen Marie's life and that of decadent modern-day celebutantes like Paris Hilton, and it's an idea that almost works … but not quite. It's a big, pretty, empty box of a movie. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center

'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, 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.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'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 that decide to fight back.

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.

Movies on TV, Bagdad, Laurelhurst, Academy

* 'The Prestige' (PG-13)

This is a tricky and entertaining thriller about two rival magicians (Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman) in London at the turn of the 20th century whose feud becomes increasingly dangerous. Prestigious director Christopher Nolan ('Memento,' 'Batman Begins') guides his nicely matched stars through the intricate narrative.

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

'Saw III' (R)

This is the third installment in the popular horror movie series. This time Jigsaw, the serial killer, has a female apprentice to help him commit atrocities.

Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, 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.

Laurelhurst

'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 Stéphane, whose fantasies are rendered in a variety of whimsical styles.

Fox Tower

'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, Movies on TV, Division 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.

Laurelhurst

'The Wicker Man' (PG-13)

A strait-laced cop (Nicolas Cage) meets up with some sinister neopagans in this remake of the 1973 British cult favorite.

Valley