Movies with a * are recommended
'Amazing Grace' (PG)
This standard-issue inspirational saga tells the story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), the youthful member of Parliament who waged a long, difficult battle for the abolition of the slave trade in late-18th- and early-19th-century Britain.
Cinetopia, Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall, Bridgeport
Two shockingly stupid Moroccan boys accidentally shoot an American tourist (Cate Blanchett) who is traveling with her husband (Brad Pitt) in this mélange of multicultural angst.
Mission, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley
'Because I Said So' (PG-13)
Diane Keaton is a flailing, wailing mess of tics and wacky idiosyncrasies in a movie so bad it's actually painful to sit through it.
Broadway, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
* '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.
Bagdad, Kennedy School, Mission, Laurelhurst, Valley
'Breach' is inspired by the February 2001 arrest of FBI traitor Robert Hanssen, who devoted most of his 20-plus-year career to leaking huge amounts of crucial information to the Russians. It's a high-stakes but personal-scale thriller, shot in shades of gray and brought to life by a masterful performance from Chris Cooper.
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'Bridge to Terabithia' (PG)
Based on the popular children's book about outsiders who discover a magical world of their own, this is a serious film, not suitable for children under 10.
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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.
Kennedy School, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley
'China Blue' (NR)
Teenage workers are exploited by a blue jeans factory in this documentary, which was clandestinely filmed in China.
'Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul' (NR)
A German music lover wanders the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, capturing a broad swath of musical sounds, from hip-hop to ancient arabesque.
'Curse of the Golden Flower' (R)
Marital discord goes apocalyptic in this extravagant historical spectacular starring Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li.
'Daddy's Little Girls' (PG-13)
Tyler Perry ('Diary of a Mad Black Woman') writes and directs a humorous drama about a professional woman who falls in love with a blue-collar man.
Lloyd Mall, Division 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.
Bagdad, Kennedy School, Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley
'Factory Girl' (R)
Edie Sedgwick, the heiress-turned-follower of artist Andy Warhol who died of a drug overdose at 28, may have been a really fascinating person in real life. However, as played by Sienna Miller ('Casanova') she's a pretty waste of space, offering little to the world beyond her fake eyelashes and fashion-forward wardrobe.
Fox Tower, Bridgeport, Hollywood
'Ghost Rider' (PG-13)
Are there two Nicolas Cages? If so, 'Ghost Rider' stars the cheesy one from 'The Wicker Man,' not the talented one from 'World Trade Center.'
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Two Turks living in Germany struggle with an arranged marriage and cultural conflict.
* 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.
'Late Night Shopping' (NR)
Four aimless 20-somethings work the graveyard shift in Glasgow, until eventually it's time to grow up.
*Letters From Iwo Jima' (R)
Clint Eastwood's harrowing companion piece to 'Flags of Our Fathers' has a more contained scope and straighter narrative line, resulting in an even more direct emotional hit. Focusing on the title island's doomed Japanese defenders, it's a rare vision of war in which there is no sense of the 'enemy,' just young men united in terror, courage, chaos and death.
Cinetopia, Broadway, Lloyd Center, Lloyd Mall, Bridgeport
'Music and Lyrics' (PG-13)
Cute meets cute when a 'washed up' pop star (Hugh Grant, looking fresh as a daisy) teams up with a 'quirky loser' (Hollywood princess Drew Barrymore) to pen the perfect love song.
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'Night at the Museum' (PG)
Ben Stiller is a hapless night watchman who accidentally brings to life the exhibits in a natural history museum.
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Once again, Eddie Murphy explores what he apparently believes to be the infinite comedic potential of the fat suit.
Broadway, Lloyd Center, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
* 'Notes on a Scandal' (R)
Two of cinema's finest actresses chew scenery with delicious abandon as a tightly wound, embittered spinster schoolteacher (Judi Dench) becomes fascinated with the beautiful new art teacher (Cate Blanchett).
Fox Tower, Moreland
'The Painted Veil'(PG-13)
It is 1928, and the loveless marriage of biologist Walter and society girl Kitty
(Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) takes an unexpected turn when they go to an isolated Chinese village ravaged by a cholera epidemic.
* 'Pan's Labyrinth' (R)
In the post-civil war Spain of 1944, young Ofelia retreats into the forest, where she discovers a labyrinth occupied by an ancient faun. Rarely has the term 'magic realism' suited a work of art more perfectly than it does this dazzling work from Guillermo del Toro.
Cinetopia, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Bridgeport, Hollywood, St. Johns Theater, Cinemagic
* '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.
Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall, Bridgeport
'Reno 911: Miami' (R)
Maybe this isn't really the best time in history to release a comedy about police incompetence, but what the heck?
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'Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation'
Another mixed bag of gross, dirty, violent and (mostly) pretty darn funny cartoons comes to town in this year's edition.
'Twelve and Holding' (R)
Taking a tainted page from the Todd Solondz catalog, director Michael Cuesta examines the lives of three 12-year-olds in trouble.
Somewhere between horror and science fiction lies this stark, surreal tale, which won a World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Five strangers wake up in a warehouse, all of them suffering from amnesia. All they know for sure is that they're enemies.
* 'Venus' (R)
This beautifully human-scale drama features Peter O'Toole's best role in a couple of decades. When an aged actor, a Londoner named Maurice, meets 20-year-old Jessie (Jodie Whittaker), something cheeky, bittersweet and surprisingly tender emerges.
* 'Volver' (R)
Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar examines mothers, daughters and death with a lighter touch than usual, making something that teeters delicately on the edge of black comedy while still warming the heart.
Fox Tower, Hollywood
An idiosyncratic Slovenian philosopher explains it all to you.