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'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, Bridgeport
A small-town cop looks evil in the face in this German horror film.
'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters' (R)
The popular adult cartoon hits the big screen with a splat.
Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall, Bridgeport
'Are We Done Yet?' (PG)
Ice Cube returns as Nick Persons, the beset-upon baby sitter from 'Are We There Yet?' This time, his nemesis is a suburban building contractor.
Lloyd Mall, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
* '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.
Mission, Laurelhurst, Clinton Street
'Blades of Glory' (PG-13)
If the mere idea of Jon 'Napoleon Dynamite' Heder dressed in peacock-inspired, glittery spandex (complete with butt feathers) makes you giggle, then look no further than this ice skating comedy, which also stars Will Ferrell.
Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport, Roseway, St. Johns Theater, Moreland
'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.
Kennedy School, Academy, Valley
'Cathedral Park' (NR)
A young woman learns about her background when she finds a box of old home movies in this prizewinner for best local film at the Longbaugh Film Festival.
'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, Laurelhurst, Academy
The marriage of a university professor and media professional falls apart in this Turkish drama.
'Darius Goes West' (NR)
A young man with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy travels across the country, changing lives along the way.
'Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson' (NR)
Photographer Edward Weston had a unique gift for showing the sensual, undulating lines of both landscapes and his human subjects. His most fruitful period of work began in 1934, when the 48-year-old artist met 19-year-old Charis Wilson, who became his collaborator and model.
'Firehouse Dog' (PG)
A canny canine brings a shabby firehouse up to speed in this family comedy.
Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
'First Snow' (R)
Guy Pearce ('Memento') stars as a salesman who visits a fortuneteller and receives a reading - he will only live until the first snow.
* 'Grindhouse' (R)
Quentin Tarantino and fellow sleaze merchant Robert Rodriguez ('Sin City') attempt to re-create the experience of watching a double bill of '70s low-budget movies, with over-the-top zombie action and a showdown between a psychotic ex-stuntman (Kurt Russell) and a trio of feisty women.
Cinetopia, Broadway, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport, St. Johns Theater, Cinemagic
'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' (R)
The cult musical starring John Cameron Mitchell gets the 'Rocky Horror' treatment with a live cabaret and audience participation every Friday at midnight in April.
Clinton Street Theater
'The Hoax' (R)
Author Clifford Irving's nearly successful attempt to sell a bogus Howard Hughes 'autobiography' in the early '70s is the subject of this mildly engaging film, which stars Richard Gere.
Fox Tower, Bridgeport
'The Hole Story' (NR)
This indie film goes from whimsical to unwatchable as its protagonist - an indie filmmaker, of all things - descends into madness.
* '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.
'In Search of Mozart'
Leading musicians and Mozart experts contribute to this documentary about the life and genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
'Into Great Silence' (NR)
This two-hour-and-42-minute documentary about Carthusian monks who have taken a vow of silence is long, often tedious, but ultimately mesmerizing, offering an unusual glimpse into a world of profound devotion.
* 'The Last Mimzy' (PG)
Two young siblings find a mysterious box from the future in a refreshing adventure that is written for children without talking down to them or drowning in sentimental overkill.
* '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, Hollywood
'The Lookout' (R)
In this lean, smart thriller Joseph Gordon-Levitt (of last year's nifty high-school noir 'Brick') stars as a former high school hero with a head injury who is conned into helping rob a bank.
Fox Tower, Hollywood
'Meet the Robinsons' (G)
Pixar presents an animated adventure about a preteen inventor who is whisked through time by a new friend.
Cinetopia, Broadway, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
* 'The Namesake' (PG-13)
Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn) is the issue of two India-born parents who wants nothing to do with his ethnic origins. Penn takes a huge leap away from the goofball roles he usually plays in this rich, textured film.
* '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).
* '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.
* '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 film from Guillermo del Toro.
'The Reaping' (R)
Old Testament plagues bedevil a small American town, and it's up to Hilary Swank to stop them.
Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
Cars are the stars of this action adventure, which involves revving, racing, sparkling in the sun, and (accidentally, off screen) the destruction of writer-producer Daniel Sadek's Enzo Ferrari.
Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Stark Street
'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.
Fox Tower, Lloyd Mall
Hired to prevent a presidential assassination, master sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is instead framed for another murder and nearly killed by his employers. Turns out, those employers have greatly underestimated their hired gun.
Cinetopia, Broadway, Lloyd Center, Division Street, Bridgeport
'Slow Burn' (R)
Ray Liotta and LL Cool J go head to head in the midst of a police standoff.
Lloyd Mall, Division Street
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in new, computer-generated style to fight evil.
Lloyd Mall, Division Street, Bridgeport
* '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, Stark Street, Bridgeport
* '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.
'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, Lloyd Mall, Hilltop, Division Street, Stark Street, Bridgeport
A British Muslim woman struggles with the conflicts between her heritage and the world around her.
A killer and a cop play cat and mouse. David Fincher ('Se7en') directs, and Jake Gyllenhaal stars.
Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley