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Movies with a * are recommended

'Apocalypto' (R)

Moments of real beauty and suspense are scattered amid the almost nonstop violence of this film from Mel Gibson, as Mayan hero Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) endures the destruction of his village, the slaughter of his father and a near miss with a temple priest's knife to run through the jungle and ultimately turn the tables on his captors.

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'Babel' (R)

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.

Fox Tower

'Blood Diamond' (R)

This old-school adventure film about diamond smugglers, enslaved African miners, civil war and star-crossed romance walks a fine line between education and condescension as it makes the point that the diamond industry is corrupt on every level.

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'Bobby' (R)

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.

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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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* 'Flags of Our Fathers' (R)

Clint Eastwood takes heroism itself as his subject in this ambitious and moving film, inspired by World War II's most famous image: the photograph of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the flag on Iwo Jima.

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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.

Fox Tower

'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 Holiday' (PG-13)

Los Angeleno Cameron Diaz and Londoner Kate Winslet swap houses for Christmas getaways, while writer-director Nancy Meyers snuffs the fire of the classic screwball comedies she references by dousing it with clichés by the bucketful.

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'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.

Hollywood

'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.

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.

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'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.

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'Our Daily Bread' (NR)

German director Nikolaus Geyrhalter uses stunning widescreen photography to document the mechanization of the modern food industry.

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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.

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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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'Shortbus' (NR)

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.

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'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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'Unaccompanied Minors' (PG)

Snowed in at a big city airport, a group of kids runs outrageously amok.

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