'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.

Lloyd Mall, Division Street, Stark Street

* 'Black Snake Moan' (R)

Writer-director Craig Brewer ('Hustle and Flow') sucks you in with the exploitation-flick promise of this Southern gothic gem, and then seduces with a story that's dark, funny and touching.

Lloyd Mall

'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.

Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'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.

Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street

'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.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy

'Commune' (NR)

The Big Bear Ranch in Northern California was one of the more successful of the hippie communes of the 1960s and '70s. Its ups and downs are described here by former members.


'Dance Party USA' (NR)

This slice of life about disenfranchised teenagers was made in Portland.


'Days of Glory' (R)

Four North African soldiers sign up to help fight the Nazis in World War II.

Fox Tower

'Dead Silence' (R)

Wooden acting and stilted dialogue mar this horror flick about an evil ventriloquist's dolls that terrorize a small town.

Broadway, Lloyd Mall, Division Street

'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.

Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Eugenio, I Love You' (NR)

A man with Down syndrome has more to offer the world than the petty strivers who surround him in this Italian feature.

Living Room

'Family Law' (NR)

Two lawyers, a father and son, struggle with their relationship in this humorous drama from Argentina.

Living Room

'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.'

Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street

'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.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Academy, Valley

'The Hills Have Eyes II' (R)

This sequel to a remake of a horror flick pits our fine men and women of the military against crazed, sadistic mutants.

Broadway, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street

'Head-On' (R)

Two Turks living in Germany struggle with an arranged marriage and cultural conflict.

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* 'The Host' (R)

When a toxic waste flush at a U.S. military base spawns a huge mutant tadpole that terrorizes Seoul, a severely estranged family must pull together to save its youngest member. South Korean director Joon-ho Bong takes unpromising movie elements and fuses them into a spookily funny, riotously scary stunner.

Fox Tower

'I Think I Love My Wife' (R)

Chris Rock is light and amusing as a Manhattan investment banker who is bored with his sexless marriage and tempted by the appearance in his life of a very dazzling old acquaintance (Kerry Washington).

Lloyd Mall, Division Street

* The Last King of Scotland' (R)

This fictional tale is 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.

Mission, Laurelhurst

* '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 that's an amazing piece of work for a first-time filmmaker.

Fox Tower, Moreland

'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.

Lloyd Mall, Stark Street

* '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).

Mission, St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

* 'Old Joy' (NR)

Based on a story by local author Jonathan Raymond, the film follows 30-something Portland friends Mark (Daniel London) and Kurt (musician Will Oldham) as they take a trip to Bagby Hot Springs. There's something quiet and lovely about the film, which doesn't appear to be about much of anything on the surface but resonates in surprising ways.

Living Room

* '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.

Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall

'Premonition' (PG-13)

Sandra Bullock turns in a predictably solid performance as a woman who loses her husband (Julian McMahon) in a car accident and then - whoops! - finds herself waking up days before the accident, then days after, then before, etc.

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

'Pride' (PG)

Here's an inspirational tale, based on a true story, about sports underdogs who defy the odds.

Division 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.

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

'Reign Over Me' (R)

Adam Sandler has hit the skids - er, ah, that is, a character played by Adam Sandler has hit the skids and it's up to Don Cheadle to prop him up.

Cinetopia, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Division Street, Bridgeport


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in new, computer-generated style to fight evil.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street

* '300' (R)

Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, this story of the 300 Spartans and the Battle of Thermopylae uses all the latest cinematic tricks and gadgetry to pull the audience smack into the middle of battles that are as exquisite in their presentation as they are horrifying in their brutality.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, St. Johns Theater, Cinemagic

* '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.


* 'Where's Molly?' (NR)

Local filmmaker Jim Daly's search for his younger sister, Molly - whisked away with no explanation in 1957 - led to this superb documentary that chronicles not just his discovery of his long-lost sibling, but the appalling way that society has traditionally treated citizens with disabilities.

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'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, Broadway, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street

'Zodiac' (R)

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

St. Johns Theater

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