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SEED (NR) A mass murderer bound for the death penalty defies the electric chair and is then buried alive. After clawing his way out of the grave, he returns with a vengeance to wreak bloody havoc.

STEEP Mark Obenhaus' documentary features big mountain skiing in North America and details the skiers who risk their lives to ski mountains considered challenging even just to climb.

STRANGE WILDERNESS (R) In an attempt to turn around poor ratings of his wildlife TV show "Strange Wilderness," Peter (Steve Zahn) and his sidekick Fred (Allen Covert) set out to document Bigfoot.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 5 stars (R) Wrongfully accused barber (Johnny Depp) returns to Victorian London to wreak vengeance on an evil judge (Alan Rickman). And it's a musical! In adapting Stephen Sondheim's Broadway classic, director Tim Burton casts stars whose lack of musical experience doesn't interfere with the show's skin-crawling intimacy and grand passions. -- Holman

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE 4 stars (R) Reasoned and detail-oriented though it may be, this documentary about how the Bush administration has trashed the Geneva Conventions and allowed for a torture free-for-all in Iraq, Guantanamo and Afghanistan is scathing for pointing blame where blame is due. Director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) offers a persuasive argument against water boarding, beatings, psychological torture and sexual humiliation is not strategic but moral: Torture goes against the principles of integrity America is founded on. -- Feaster

THERE WILL BE BLOOD 5 stars (R) Drawing from Upton Sinclair's 1927 oil-man opus Oil!, Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) has created a film of stunning sweep and grandeur. In an Oscar-worthy performance, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a dementedly ambitious petroleum titan whose quest for riches comes at the cost of his humanity. -- Feaster

U2 3D 3 stars (G) A strange, at times compelling marriage of the concert film and retro-redolent 3D technology (albeit digital this time around), curiosity-seekers and U2 fans will find virtually unrivaled access to the band during a South American concert. There are overhead shots of the stage, cameras close enough on Bono's face to make out some fine lines, and shots of the crowd waving cell phones in the air. -- Feaster

UNTRACEABLE (R) A serial killer with a knack for technology creates a website depicting his violent murders. Gregory Hoblit directs.

VINCE VAUGHN'S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW 3 stars (R) This road documentary focuses less on the show than on the tour as movie star Vince Vaughn hosts a 30-day tour that showcases four young comedians from Los Angeles. The first half hour spends more time on Vaughn than we really want, but the comics are all funny guys and their off-stage discussions convey the anxiety-ridden lives of stand-up comedians. -- Holman

WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY (R) John C. Reilly stars in Jake Kasdan's film about the tumultuous life of fictional singer Dewey Cox.

WAR/DANCE 4 stars (NR) This Best Documentary Director winner at Sundance centers on three Ugandan children orphaned or psychologically wounded in the ongoing rebel conflict in Northern Uganda. Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix offer a both disturbing and cathartic experience by focusing on children who momentarily escape the wounds imposed by war through dance and music as they practice for a national dance competition. Stunning cinematography and the words of these children, often recounting their stories directly for the camera, make for powerful viewing. -- Feaster

WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS (PG-13) Martin Lawrence stars as Roscoe Jenkins, a big-shot talk-show host who has all but forgotten his humble beginnings growing up in the Deep South. When he returns for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary, Roscoe starts to rethink his current situation.

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