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Listings with a * are recommended.
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.
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.
* '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.
Cinemark Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Evergreen Parkway, Division Street, St. Johns Theater
* '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.
Cinetopia, Cinemark Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street, Roseway
'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.
Cinemark Eastport, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street
* '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.
'Déjà Vu' (PG-13)
Denzel Washington charges in to save the day. Sound familiar?
Cinemark Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street
'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.
'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.
Cinetopia,Cinemark Eastport, Lloyd Mall, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street, Moreland
'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.
'The Nativity Story' (PG)
There shouldn't be any problem with controversy surrounding this version of the biblical history, which was scripted by Portlander Mike Rich.
Cinetopia, Cinemark Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street
* '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.
Cinemark Eastport, Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Hollywood, Cinemagic
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.
'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.
Cinetopia, Cinemark Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Mall, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street
'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.
Cinemark Eastport, Lloyd Center
Several young gringos who lack the slightest hint of an instinct for self-preservation get drugged and robbed while prancing around a Brazilian beach in their bathing suits.
Broadway, Lloyd Mall, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street
'Van Wilder: The Return of Taj' (R)
An American college student teaches his uptight British counterparts how to conjugate the verb 'to party.'
Cinemark Eastport, Broadway, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street