'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, 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.

Lloyd Mall

'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, Valley

'Commune' (NR)

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


'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

'Family Law' (NR)

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

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'God Grew Tired of Us' (PG)

This documentary introduces us to the plight of displaced Sudanese boys, known as the 'lost boys,' who flee genocide in their homeland and grow up in American cities.


'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, Bridgeport

* '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.

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* '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.

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

* '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, Moreland

'Meet the Robinsons' (G)

Pixar presents an animated adventure about a preteen inventor who is whisked through time by a new friend.

Cinetopia, Pioneer Place, 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.

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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).

St. Johns Dome, Laurelhurst, Academy

* '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.

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* '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.

Fox Tower

'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.

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

* '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, Bridgeport

'Reno 911!: Miami' (R)

The gang from the Comedy Central TV show about bumbling cops goes to the beach.

Bagdad, Mission

'Shooter' (R)

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

Laurelhurst, Academy

* '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, Bridgeport

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