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Marvel at the desolate conditions, spectacular ice structures and waddling creatures that exist at the bottom of the world.
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Two shockingly stupid Moroccan boys accidentally shoot an American tourist (Cate Blanchett) who is traveling with her husband (Brad Pitt). In fact, the entire plot of this mélange of multicultural angst hinges on characters making stupid choices, which wouldn't be as bad if the film were not also about 45 minutes too long.
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Written and directed by Emilio Estevez and upholstered with a massive cast, this film takes a look at the ordinary people who were at L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated.
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* 'Borat' (R)
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius in his own bizarre way. Here, he plays a misogynistic, anti-Semitic, sex-obsessed - yet strangely likable - Kazakh reporter, interviewing real people who have no idea what is going on.
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* 'Casino Royale' (PG-13)
With this adaptation of Ian Fleming's first novel, Agent 007 is truly reintroduced, and the James Bond series scores its best entry since the 1960s. The film, starring newcomer Daniel Craig, plays cleverly with expectations while burning off decades of stylistic bloat.
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'Deck the Halls' (PG)
Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick learn the true meaning of Christmas during the course of a movie that shamelessly cashes in on the season.
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* '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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'Déjà Vu' (PG-13)
Denzel Washington charges in to save the day. Sound familiar?
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'Fast Food Nation' (R)
The facts that made Eric Schlosser's best-selling book so fascinating are just fodder for mild satire and predictable melodrama in Richard Linklater's fictionalized movie.
* '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's inspired by World War II's most famous image: the photograph of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the flag on Iwo Jima, which galvanized failing national spirits but cost the three surviving servicemen dearly.
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 go to college instead.
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'Flushed Away' (PG)
A computer-animated pet mouse (voice by Hugh Jackman) is accidentally flushed into London's bustling sewer-rat underworld, where he runs afoul of various subterranean sorts.
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'For Your Consideration' (PG-13)
Christopher Guest abandons the mockumentary format and loses his footing in this comedy about the chaos wrought by Oscar buzz on a tiny, unlikely independent film.
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'The Fountain' (PG-13)
Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star in three interlocking tales of love and death spanning 10 centuries and featuring Spanish conquistadors, modern scientists and Zen astronauts of the future.
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'Happy Feet' (PG)
'March of the Penguins' meets 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer' in this animated tale about a cuddly cold-weather critter with an unusual talent. Mumble is a little penguin who's just gotta dance. And teach us to honor diversity. And stop overfishing.
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'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 fiancee (Jessica Biel) is the magician's long-lost love.
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'Jackass: Number Two' (R)
Johnny Knoxville and the crew are back with more of the disgusting, dangerous and humiliating stunts that made them famous.
* '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.
'Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple' (NR)
A documentary looks back on the largest mass suicide in history, orchestrated by Jim Jones in 1978.
'Little Children' (R)
Yet more malaise in the wasteland of suburbia, as immature parents focus on a pedophile just returned from prison while their own lives remain an unfulfilled blur.
* '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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'Marie Antoinette' (PG-13)
Director Sofia Coppola ('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.
'Le Petit Lieutenant' (NR)
This French policier avoids standard cop-movie routines in favor of capturing the routine of real police work. The style remains almost too matter-of-fact, though the film proves a worthwhile variation on an overworked genre.
'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.
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* '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.
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* 'The Queen' (PG-13)
Helen Mirren most definitely rules in this fascinating film about the British royal family's misjudged response to the death of Princess Diana.
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'Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' (G)
Tim Allen is back as Santa, and he's joined by Martin Short as crabby Jack Frost.
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'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.
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Assorted sexually active but spiritually dislocated New Yorkers thrust, grope and twist their way toward a greater sense of connection and fulfillment in the latest film from John Cameron Mitchell.
'Shut Up and Sing' (NR)
The career of country music sensations the Dixie Chicks is split into two chapters. This documentary follows the band as it copes with the fallout from an anti-George W. Bush comment in 2003.
'Stranger Than Fiction' (PG-13)
Will Ferrell is a fastidious IRS agent who discovers, to his chagrin, that he's a character in a novel.
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'Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny' (R)
Jack Black and Kyle Gass hit the big screen together to try to prove that they are the greatest rock band of all time.
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'Van Wilder: The Return of Taj' (R)
An American college student teaches his uptight British counterparts how to conjugate the verb 'to party.'
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