'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.

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* 'The Astronaut Farmer' (PG)

Retired from NASA to save his family farm, Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) aims to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket in his barn.

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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 this mélange of multicultural angst.

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'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.

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' (R)

'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.

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'Children of Men' (R)

Set in the dystopian future of 2027, where people no longer can reproduce, this is the story of a disillusioned London bureaucrat (Clive Owen) who becomes a reluctant revolutionary and guardian of the only pregnant woman on Earth.


'China Blue' (NR)

Teenage workers are exploited by a blue jeans factory in this documentary, which was clandestinely filmed in China.


'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.

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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.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Dreamgirls' (PG-13)

This film version of the megahit Broadway musical about the rise of a suspiciously Supremes-like girl group is fabulously bewigged and besequined, and Jennifer Hudson is remarkable as Effie White.

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'Everest' (NR)

Death lurks amid scenes of breathtaking beauty in this true story about an ascent of the world's most famous mountain.

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'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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'Hannibal Rising' (R)

Blood, gore, violence and pop psychology converge in this ghastly prequel, which charts little Hannibal Lector's rise to king of the brilliant psychopaths.

Lloyd Mall

'Hurricane on the Bayou' (NR)

See the devastation of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of New Orleans musicians, and travel with them through the disappearing bayous of Louisiana.

OMSI Omnimax

* 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.

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* 'The Lives of Others' (R)

In Cold War-era East Germany, a handsome, charming playwright arouses the suspicions of a captain of the state police. Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck examines the intersections in people's lives, and the way they can change us, creating a fascinating film, an amazing piece of work for a first-time filmmaker.

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* '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.

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'The Messengers' (PG-13)

From Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang, the brothers who made 'The Eye,' comes this creepy film set on a sunflower farm.

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'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.


'Norbit' (PG-13)

Once again, Eddie Murphy explores what he apparently believes to be the infinite comedic potential of the fat suit.

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* '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).

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'The Number 23' (R)

Director Joel Schumacher and star Jim Carrey attempt to conjure an experimental thriller with supernatural overtones, but once we get past the central gimmick, the tale gets stupider and stupider with every twist of the plot.

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'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.

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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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'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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'Seraphim Falls' (R)

This post-Civil War western stars Liam Neeson as a former confederate officer in grim pursuit of former union officer Pierce Brosnan.

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'An Unreasonable Man' (NR)

Remember Ralph Nader? This documentary goes over the highs and lows of his career.

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* '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.

Fox Tower

* '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

'Wild Hogs' (PG-13)

Leather-clad and Harley-equipped, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta are suburban biker wannabes who get mixed up with an outlaw biker gang.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport

'Zodiac' (R)

A killer and a cop play cat and mouse. David Fincher ('Se7en') directs, and Jake Gyllenhaal stars.

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