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Big Momma’s House 2 (99 mins.; PG-13: sexual humor, drug reference) In this comedic sequel, Martin Lawrence jumps back into the fat-old-lady suit as an undercover FBI agent trying to solve a murder. Fiesta 5

• Brokeback Mountain (134 mins.; R: sex, nudity, language, violence) This uncommonly sensitive and moving story pairs Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay cowboy lovers, who clandestinely meet through the years, even once they’ve established their own families. A majestic yet introspective love story, this socially important film works with Ledger’s minimalist acting and Ang Lee’s sweeping direction. (JW) Fiesta 5/Camino Real

• Caché (117 mins.; R: violence) In this Michael Haneke film, Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche play parents in France who are sent creepy, bloody childlike drawings and videotapes showing surveillance of their house. Aside from being an unusually introspective thriller, it also raises moral questions about the social backdrops of terrorist acts. There’s no tidy Hollywood ending in sight. (JW) Riviera

• Capote (98 mins.; R: violence, language) Capote works, in part, because it limits its story to a chapter in the writer’s life—the time that Truman Capote spent writing and researching the Kansas murders that led to his masterpiece In Cold Blood. Even more so, Capote grabs you because of its Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is in his finest screen work to date. (JW) Starting Mon., Feb. 13: Metro 4

The Chronicles of Narnia (140 mins.; PG: battle scenes, fright) For three quarters of an hour, this film is gorgeous and enthralling. The rest is kind of odd. This amalgamation of religious allegory and unfettered Freud among other late Victorians feels like having a system full of contradicting stimuli. Coffee on top of too much beer, say. (DJP) Cinema Twin

• Glory Road (106 mins.; PG: racial violence, language) This film is an exciting, straightforward account of how a determined white basketball coach led a mixed-race team from obscurity through various levels of resistance, prejudice, and scorn to the final game of the NCAA championship in a single season. (GC) Cinema Twin

• Good Night, and Good Luck (93 mins.; PG: language) George Clooney presents the story of one American news team during a time of persecution and fear—CBS News and the “anti-Communist” bullying of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. In Good Night, and Good Luck, the American society reflected bears, with a few exceptions, a striking resemblance to the situation in which we now find ourselves. But the main difference between them and us is that they had Edward R. Murrow to tell them the truth. (GC) Starting Mon., Feb. 13: Metro 4

Hoodwinked (80 mins.; PG: mild action) This animated “true story of Red Riding Hood,” whose humor and drama sounds to be just as much for adults as for children, features the voices of Glenn Close, Jim Belushi, and Anne Hathaway. Camino Real

• King Kong (187 mins.; PG-13: peril, violence) Possessing an energy rarely seen in movies, King Kong has been created by somebody madly in love with movies, and Peter Jackson’s unrestrained enthusiasm is in every frame. It is the most thoroughly pulse-pumping, intoxicatingly kick-ass film you’re gonna see this year. (RD) Cinema Twin

• The Matador (96 mins.; R: sexual content, language) Inconceivable without a breathtaking performance by Pierce Brosnan as an aging hitman, this buddy-esque film, which also stars Greg Kinnear as a salesman and Hope Davis, is pretty good. But even if it wasn’t, it would be worth seeing for Brosnan’s character, which is masterfully both attractive and despicable. (GC) Fiesta 5

• Match Point (124 mins.; R: sexuality) Word on the street has it that Match Point—an uncommonly quiet chilling suspense number set in London (not Woody Allen’s usual Manhattan) about love, death, wealth, guilt, and moral queasiness—is the director’s finest work in many years. And so it is. Maybe Allen should get out of town more often. (JW) Fri.-Sun.: Paseo Nuevo/Mon.-Thu.: Metro 4

• Memoirs of a Geisha (145 mins.; PG-13: mature, sexual content) There are three compelling reasons to see Geisha: Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, and the vertiginously sorrowful presence that is Gong Li, set in a floating world of cinema. Who knew the director of cheesy Chicago could make so much subtle cultural imperialism seem like such a blatant wonder? (DJP) Starting Mon., Feb. 13: Metro 4

Mrs. Henderson Presents (103 mins.; R: nudity, brief language) A rich widow (played by Judi Dench) revamps an old London theater to present, and later become famous for, the all-nude revue. Plaza de Oro

Munich (164 mins.; R: graphic violence, sex, nudity, language) There’s just something about Steven Spielberg’s films that comes across as superficial. It’s a problem here, reducing the volatile topic of Jews vs. Arabs to the familiar turf of Bond and Bourne. But problems aside, Munich is well stocked with Spielberg’s cinemagic spiel. In the end, the film’s strongest message may be that vengeance takes its toll on the macro and micro level. (JW) Starting Mon., Feb. 13: Metro 4

Nanny McPhee (97 mins.; PG: rude humor, brief language) It’s like a third-generation copy. Neither Mary Poppins nor The Simpsons’ Sherry Bobbins need worry. The great actors here must have wanted to humor their friend Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay about this magical governess without considering that kids today need more than a food fight to sit through a period piece. (DJP) Camino Real/Paseo Nuevo

The New World (135 mins.; PG-13: battle scenes) This film about Pocahontas, John Smith, and the start of the new world’s colonization—so ravishingly beautiful at times—is great Terrence Malick but a dud film, deadly boring to people interested in seeing a good story. (DJP) Plaza de Oro

Something New (100 mins.; PG-13: sexual references) When Sanaa Lathan’s career woman character starts falling for Simon Baker’s free-spirited landscape architect character, their worlds change in this dramatic comedy. Fiesta 5

• Transamerica (103 mins.; R: sexual content, nudity, language, drug use) Armed with glowing reviews and a Golden Globe for Felicity Huffman, Transamerica—about a transsexual who drives cross-country to save her son—boldly tackles the taboo of alternative sexuality. But beyond any such sociological baggage, it’s just a rowdy and disarmingly touching good time. (JW) Fri.-Sun.: Plaza de Oro/Mon.-Thu.: Metro 4

Underworld: Evolution (106 mins.; R: violence, gore, sexuality, language, nudity) Both gory and boring, if you’re a 12-year-old boy who likes playing video games where blood spurts out of bullet wounds, this film might have some appeal. But the story fails to be engaging on any level. Perhaps the filmmakers should’ve spent less money on fake blood and more money on real writers. (MF) Cinema Twin

• Walk the Line (136 mins.; PG-13: language, drugs) As a whole, Walk the Line is a sweeping yet intimate wonder, fanning the flame of Johnny Cash’s mystique and bringing us closer to his humanity. It keeps a close watch on that heart of his—no easy feat. (JW) Paseo Nuevo

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