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click to enlarge Klaus Daimler (Willem DaFoe, center left), Steve Zissou - (Bill Murray, center) and Eleanor Zissou (Anjelica Huston, - center right) lead a group of misfit oceanographers on a - high-seas adventure in The Life Aquatic with - Steve - Zissou.
  • Klaus Daimler (Willem DaFoe, center left), Steve Zissou (Bill Murray, center) and Eleanor Zissou (Anjelica Huston, center right) lead a group of misfit oceanographers on a high-seas adventure in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

After the Sunset (PG-13)
Following a successful last score, a master thief (Pierce Brosnan) retires to an island paradise. His lifelong nemesis, a crafty FBI agent, washes ashore to ensure hes making good on his promise. Not reviewed

*The Aviator (PG-13)
See full review, page 28.

Blade Trinity (R)
Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in this third and final film in the Blade franchise. -- Not reviewed

Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (R)
Apart from discovering that her boyfriend is a conservative voter, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life in this sequel, also starring Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. -- Not reviewed

Christmas with the Kranks (PG)
Tim Allen portrays Luther Krank and Jamie Lee Curtis is his wife in this family comedy with a holiday twist. -- Not reviewed

*Closer (R)
The beautifully photographed but self-absorbed and cruel characters in director Mike Nichols film never stop lying to each other. They thirst for love, but their preoccupation with sex and perceived betrayal leaves them hollow and tangled in a series of love triangles. In the hands of a lesser director, the disjointed unraveling of events couldve been clunky and confusing. But Nichols succeeds in preserving the plot while detaching the viewer from the characters, allowing the film to unfold a step back from the intensity of the characters selfishness. Featuring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. -- Dan Wilcock

The Darkness (PG-13)
Anna Paquin stars as a teenager whose family is torn apart by a strange force following their relocation to a house in the Spanish countryside.

Fat Albert (PG)
A new take on Bill Cosbys beloved character, Fat Albert.

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (NR)
The movie depicts a young pilots progression through the challenging and dangerous exercises of Operation Red Flag, the international training program for air forces of allied countries. -- Not reviewed

*Finding Neverland (PG)
A whimsical, warmhearted and heart-wrenching film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, that builds to a moving climax like a teakettle over a flame. A film set apart from Hollywoods standard sex-and-violence fare for adults, its a story about never growing up, and never giving up on a place called Neverland. Starring Johnny Depp as Barrie; co-starring Kate Winslet. -- Dan Wilcock

Flight of the Phoenix (PG-13)
The remake of Robert Aldrichs revered 1965 classic would be 15 percent better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and it would be 100 percent better if Aldrichs son William had never thought to ride on his fathers coattails by producing it in the first place. Dennis Quaids stalwart performance as a Hellcat pilot and natural leader of men doesnt rescue the movie from its complete lack of convincing dialogue or flaccid plotting, but he does give the movie its dynamic character hook. -- Cole Smithey

*Friday Night Lights (PG-13)
Director Peter Bergs scrappy adaptation of H.G. Bissingers 1990 book about the cult of high school football in a dying West Texas town. Billy Bob Thorntons acting range is remarkable ; Lucas Black and country music singer Tim McGraw contribute strong support. -- Kathryn Eastburn

The Incredibles (PG)
A family of superheroes in hiding is forced to reveal themselves to save the world, again. Pixar Animation Studios 6th digitally animated feature. -- Not reviewed

*Kinsey (R)
Director Bill Condons candid look into the life of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey promises to renew public discourse about how we view sexuality. Condon (Gods And Monsters) retraces the steps of entomologist/biology professor Kinsey (perfectly played by Liam Neeson) as he leads a small group of researchers on an ambitious quest to catalog the sexual interaction of thousands of American men for his scientific report Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Kinseys realization that there is no such thing as normal in sexuality is supported in his own wandering sexual habits that threaten to ruin his marriage. Fine performances by Neeson, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton and Lynn Redgrave make this a must-see movie with Oscar nominations written all over it.

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click to enlarge Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler as the eccentric Clasky - couple in Spanglish.
  • Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler as the eccentric Clasky couple in Spanglish.

Ladder 49
John Travolta and Joaquim Phoenix co-star in this fire-fighting drama, set in New York City. -- Not reviewed

Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG)
Three wealthy childrens parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, played by a ghoulish Jim Carrey, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. Also featuring Meryl Streep. -- Not reviewed

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (R)
Bill Murray is underwater explorer and documentarian Steve Zissou, Owen Wilson may or may not be his long lost son, and Angelica Huston is his emotionally distant wife in the latest from Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums).

Meet the Fockers (PG-13)
Sequel to Meet the Parents, starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. This time the family visits the grooms parents, played by Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman.

Napoleon Dynamite (PG)
Napoleon Dynamites protagonist (Jon Heder) is a teenager whose mouth is forever agape and whose disposition hops between extreme dopiness and standard-issue adolescent indignation. While the indie film is littered with hilarious bits and pieces, they add up to only a few hard laughs and not much else. -- John Dicker

National Treasure (PG)
Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) descends from a family of treasure hunters who have long looked for a chest hidden by the founding fathers of the United States. When he learns of a plot to steal the treasure, his only option is to find it and steal it first. -- Not reviewed

Oceans Twelve (PG-13)
Bland inside jokes, perpetual self-referencing dialogue, and foreign heists that will put babies to sleep fill up this truncated sequel starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and a bunch of other beautiful people, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Catherine Zeta-Jones adds a wrinkle to the plot as a hotshot Europol detective romantically attached to Pitts character when she isnt trying to solve robberies. -- Cole Smithey

Phantom of the Opera
Cinematic rendition of the wildly popular Andrew Lloyd Weber musical.

*The Polar Express (G)
A Christmas classic for the wired generation. Breathtaking state-of-the-art computer animation combined with a fast-paced storyline make for dazzling eye candy, and Tom Hanks (who plays most of the characters) and director Robert Zemeckis craft a worthy homage to the animated Christmas movie genre that people of all ages really can appreciate. --Dan Wilcock

*Ray (R)
The much awaited film biography of Americas beloved soul man, Ray Charles, who died earlier this year at the age of 73. The surprise of Ray is not the music; its fabulous. Its not Jamie Foxxs performance -- tour de force is putting it mildly. The surprise is that despite a blocky, chronological, somewhat plodding story line, the development of a public character we all felt we knew well contains revelations that, while not particularly pretty, enrich the legend of Ray Charles, bringing him a bit closer to the ground. The 20 years depicted in the film are spent predominantly on the road, with Ray womanizing, shooting up and making glorious music born of a complicated and utterly unique genius. -- Kathryn Eastburn

Shall We Dance (PG-13)
Richard Gere plays a middle-aged accountant who finds transformation in a ballroom dance studio. Also starring Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. -- Not reviewed

*Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (PG)
A slick, sepia-toned love letter to vintage 1930s serial adventures, Sky Captain plays like a kid movie wrapped in the skin of an experimental art film. Sky Captain opens in 1939 New York City with a dirigible flight, a frightened scientist and two mysterious vials. But before we get to the bottom of things, there are giant robots marching through Manhattan on an unknown mission. Sky Captain clips along at a brisk pace, taking our heroes from New York to Nepal to the middle of the ocean while still keeping the story simple and the action beats regular. -- Scott Renshaw

Spanglish (PG-13)
Flor (Paz Vega) emigrates to Los Angeles from Mexico in hopes of finding a better life for her and her daughter, Cristina (Victoria Luna). Hired by John and Deborah Clasky (Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni) as their housekeeper, Flor contends with the language barrier, Cristinas budding femininity and the eccentric Claskys way of life. Directed by James Brooks (As Good As It Gets). -- Not reviewed

The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (PG)
SpongeBob Squarepants (from Nickelodeons animated show) takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptunes stolen crown. -- Not reviewed

A Very Long Engagement (R)
Audrey Tautou (Amelie) plays Mathilde, a young woman searching for her fianc who has disappeared during World War I.

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