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* 'Akeelah and the Bee' (PG)

With a winning performance from Keke Palmer as Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl from South Central L.A. who tries out for the National Spelling Bee, this film builds to a climax that provides a satisfying variation on what you expect. Even for the flintiest nonfan of inspirational sagas, resistance is futile.

Bagdad, Kennedy School, Academy

'Art School Confidential' (R)

Director Terry Zwigoff ('Bad Santa,' 'Ghost World') and writer Daniel Clowes ('Ghost World') reunite to skewer the dreams of wannabe Picassos.

Fox Tower, Bagdad

'The Break-up' (PG-13)

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston split up - don't worry, it's only a movie - but both refuse to leave their great Chicago condo. The sitcom-ready premise doesn't make for the date movie you might expect, turning instead into a surprisingly sour Battling Bickersons routine.

Pioneer Place, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Stark Street

*'Brick' (R)

As the school loner doing spadework on his ex-girlfriend's mysterious death, Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Mysterious Skin') packs heat and plays it cool, heading a savvy young cast that never winks cute or punks out.

Mission, Laurelhurst, Academy

'Cars' (G)

An egocentric race car (voiced by Owen Wilson) finds himself stranded in a Route 66 burg populated by small-town types, including the town mechanic (Paul Newman) and a vixenish Porsche (Bonnie Hunt) and thus becomes a better person, er, car.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Clean' (R)

Maggie Cheung, the dazzling star of 'Hero' and 'In the Mood for Love,' fluidly performs in three languages as an ex-junkie and would-be singer-songwriter trying to find a life that will earn her back the young son now in custody of her in-laws.

Hollywood

'Click' (PG-13)

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is married with a couple of kids and has a real, grown-up job. But this Sandler-produced flick is still chock-full of all the potty humor, mean-spirited behavior and extended third-act pathos that you've come to expect from his work.

Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Coral Reef Adventure' (NR)

Explore the beauty of a coral reef in the sunny waters of the South Pacific.

OMSI Omnimax Dome Theater

'The Da Vinci Code' (PG-13)

The best-seller about an age-old conspiracy becomes a blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Days of Heaven' (PG)

Waving grasses and endless skies instill mystery and allegorical weight into the simple, quiet tale of love and betrayal, with Richard Gere (so young!), Brooke Adams, and Sam Shepard in the lead roles.

Hollywood

'District B-13' (R)

This zippy little number, a tasty blend of homage and fromage, is set in the year 2010 in a section of Paris so crime-ridden it has been isolated by a concrete wall. It stars the uncannily acrobatic David Belle, a founder of the free-form obstacle-running style called parkour, as a resourceful rebel.

Fox Tower

'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' (PG-13)

High school student Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is shipped off to Tokyo, where he learns some valuable lessons about drag racing.

Century Eastport, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

*'Friends With Money' (R)

Jennifer Aniston plays Olivia, the odd gal out among her closest friends - three married couples, all of whom have a lot of money. It's an intriguing, funny and very watchable thesis on the social awkwardness that comes with the unspoken divide between America's classes.

Fox Tower, St. Johns Dome

'Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties' (PG)

It's a fancy feast of literary references as Garfield does 'The Prince and the Pauper' and Bill Murray hacks up a fur ball.

Century Eastport, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street

'Greece: Secrets of the Past' (NR)

See the civilization of the ancient Greeks through the eyes of a modern Greek archaeologist and the imaging powers of computer generated animation.

OMSI Omnimax Dome Theater

'Ice Age: The Meltdown' (PG)

Manny and his friends from 'Ice Age' are back, and now they've got a new problem: a very, very big thaw.

Valley

*'An Inconvenient Truth' (PG)

Director Davis Guggenheim creates a surprisingly gripping cinematic interpretation of former Vice President Al Gore's globe-trotting slide show presentation on global warming. Gore makes his case for an imperiled planet with expected thoroughness but perhaps surprising personality - dare we say charisma?

Century Eastport, Fox Tower, Movies on TV

'Inside Man' (R)

The cast is top-notch. The three-pronged story line is just dripping with opportunities for suspense and human drama. But none of it ever comes to fruition, and the fault rests squarely with director Spike Lee.

Laurelhurst

'Kinky Boots' (PG-13)

A drag queen helps a small-town shoemaker save his family business by designing and manufacturing the titular kinky boots.

Laurelhurst

'Lady Vengeance' (R)

Korean director Chan-wook Park's audacious, mind-warping thrillers bend genre traditions - and your head - out of any recognizable shape. While 'Lady Vengeance' lacks the stunning single-minded ferocity of his earlier 'Oldboy,' it's still likely to leave you marveling in some sort of gleefully hideous way at what hit you.

Fox Tower

'The Lake House' (PG)

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are two lonely professional types who rent the same fabulous waterside home, exchange letters and fall in love. The catch? They're living two years apart.

Cinetopia, Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

'Mission: Impossible III' (PG-13)

Director J.J. Abrams neatly balances speed and spectacle, and star Tom Cruise doesn't have time to get in his own way, although the emphasis on propulsion takes its toll on Philip Seymour Hoffman's excellent villain, who needs another good scene or two.

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

'Nacho Libre' (PG)

Jack Black is a Mexican monk who becomes a lucha libre wrestler … how could it go wrong? Yet it does go wrong, in almost every conceivable way. The jokes are painfully unfunny, the wrestling scenes are uninvolving, the script is obsessed with toilet humor, and the premise is woefully underdeveloped.

Century Eastport, Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Hilltop, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street, St. Johns Theater

* 'Neil Young: Heart of Gold' (NR)

Director Jonathan Demme captures the great Neil Young in performance during two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

* 'Over the Hedge' (PG)

This surprisingly witty kid-size satire on consumer culture really benefits from the actors behind the animals. Bruce Willis is perfect as a conniving raccoon who manipulates a group of suburb-dwelling animals. And, hey, William Shatner plays an opossum!

Century Eastport, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Stark Street

'A Prairie Home Companion' (PG-13)

Working from a script by 'Prairie Home' companionable impresario Garrison Keillor, director Robert Altman stages a relaxed amble through a version of the world Keillor usually creates from sound alone.

Century Eastport, Hollywood, Cinemagic

'The Puffy Chair' (R)

Despite a tired premise - twentysomething slackers on a road trip - this indie comedy has earned an avid following.

Fox Tower

'RV' (PG)

An overworked dad hauls his family across the country in this Robin Williams vehicle.

Kennedy School, Academy, Valley

* 'Thank You for Smoking' (R)

In his best role since 'In the Company of Men,' Aaron Eckhart stars as a tobacco lobbyist so slick he can come off as the good guy when appearing on a TV panel with antismoking advocates and a cancer-stricken kid.

Fox Tower

'Typhoon' (R)

The Korean director Kyung-Taek Kwack offers his take on a big-budget, Hollywood-style action flick.

Hollywood

'United 93' (R)

No one will ever know exactly what happened on the fourth airplane that was hijacked Sept. 11, 2001, but British writer-director Paul Greengrass ('Bloody Sunday,' 'The Bourne Supremacy') brings us a realistic, real-time account of passengers' heroic actions.

Academy, Valley

*'V for Vendetta' (R)

In a near-future totalitarian Britain where the leader (John Hurt) uses fear to rule and security as an excuse to curtail freedom, TV station employee Evey (Natalie Portman) is caught up by chance in the vengeful pursuits of a vigilante (Hugo Weaving) out to topple the fascist regime.

Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Academy, Valley

'Waist Deep' (R)

In case anyone out there hasn't already had it up to here with action thrillers about tough guys and their kidnapped offspring, Tyrese Gibson slogs through another variation on the theme.

Century Eastport, Lloyd Center, Division Street

'Wordplay' (PG)

An enjoyable enough piece of fluff, this documentary briefly outlines the history of crossword puzzles, shows New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz on the job (he gets hate mail!) and visits with famous crossword addicts like Jon Stewart and Bill Clinton.

Fox Tower

'X-Men: The Last Stand' (PG-13)

In this third 'X-Men' movie, a pharmaceutical company develops a cure for the mutant condition, and the evil Magneto (Ian McKellen) encourages the world's mutant populace to rise up against humans.

Century Eastport, Evergreen Parkway, Movies on TV, Division Street, Stark Street

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