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THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (PG-13) Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson star as the Boleyn sisters, whose ambitious family drives them to compete for King Henry VIII's affections as a pathway to the throne. The Other Boleyn Girl is based on the novel by Philippa Gregory.

PATHOLOGY (R) A group of med students plot to see who can fool their colleagues in the pathology department by committing the perfect murder.

PENELOPE 1 star (PG) Christina Ricci is Penelope, a rich girl saddled with a family curse that has endowed her with a pig snout in this badly mangled attempt at fairy-tale whimsy. Her mother's (Catherine O'Hara) efforts to find Penelope a blue-blood husband despite the piggy mug unearth sensitive hunk James McAvoy, but this film's tween-directed message that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is a joyless washout in the end. -- Feaster

PERSEPOLIS 4 stars (PG-13) Marjane Satrapi co-directs the animated adaptation (now dubbed in English) of her graphic-novel memoir about growing up in Iran and witnessing the shah's tyranny, the war with Iraq and life under Islamic fundamentalists. The simplicity of the primarily black-and-white animation superbly captures her childlike perspective, although the film's second half, chronicling her battles with depression as a young woman, loses some of its political sweep. -- Holman

PLANET B-BOY 3 stars (PG-13) Korean-American director Benson Lee crafts a suspenseful sports documentary that follows four crews competing in the Battle of the Year breakdancing world championship in Braunschweig, Germany. At times the high-energy, intricate dancing all threatens to look alike, and we see the dancers in such short snippets that we may not appreciate their individual efforts. Still, Planet B-Boy offers an eye-opening portrait of a lively subculture. -- Holman

PRICELESS 3 stars (PG-13) Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement) and Gad Elmaleh co-star as two would-be lovers playing a survival game of gold-digging amid the swanky resorts of Biarritz in director Pierre Salvadori's (Apres Vous) breezy French comedy. The director's passion for exploring notions of class and identity evoke the classic screwball comedies of Ernst Lubitsch (think Trouble in Paradise), but without quite the same panache. -- David Lee Simmons

PROM NIGHT (PG-13) A remake of a 1980s film starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Prom Night is the story of a teenage girl stalked by a deranged murderer.

THE RUINS (R) Four young tourists wander away from American-friendly Cancun and into a terrifying bloodbath.

RUN, FAT BOY, RUN 2 stars (PG-13) Five years after leaving his pregnant fiancée (Thandie Newton) at the altar, lovable "unfit" loser Dennis (Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead) vows to run a London marathon to win her back from her rich American boyfriend Whit (Hank Azaria). Pegg affirms his skills as a humorous, ingratiating lead, but the directorial debut of "Friends'" David Schwimmer looks more like a heavy-handed English rom-com like Bridget Jones' Diary than Pegg's ingenious efforts like Hot Fuzz. -- Holman

THE SAVAGES 4 stars (R) Two self-absorbed intellectual siblings (superbly played by Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman) find themselves forced to care for the ailing, demented father (Philip Bosco) who abandoned them years ago. Writer/director Tamara Jenkins' razor-sharp sophomore film (after Slums of Beverly Hills) manages to be at once gentle and merciless, encouraging us to laugh at the characters' childishness while empathizing with their unhappiness. The Savages' mix of comedy, insight and fear of mortality play almost like a subplot to Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections. -- Holman

SEMI-PRO 3 stars (R) Just how many times can Will Ferrell make the same comedy about a flailing, pasty, self-deluded athlete and/or broadcaster? Following Anchorman et al, this spoof of the 1970s American Basketball Association is Farrell's laziest and most predictable yuck fest. I'm not proud to admit that it provided me with the bare minimum of laughs to be enjoyable, but if the name "Flint Michigan Tropics" or the idea of a team striving for fourth place fail to amuse you, don't even give Semi-Pro a shot. -- Holman

SHINE A LIGHT 3 stars (PG-13) Martin Scorsese's documentary highlights the eternal rock band the Rolling Stones, who still rock. Their enthusiasm hasn't dwindled, and that in itself is remarkable. A tribute to staying power -- both the Stones' and Scorsese's -- the film is more a fan's-eye view of the band in performance than Scorsese's chance to wow with his auteur chops. -- Feaster

SHUTTER (PG-13) After a tragic car accident, photographer Ben (Joshua Jackson) and his new wife, Jane (Rachael Taylor), find disturbing humanlike figures blurring Ben's photos. Jane thinks it could be the spirit of the girl murdered in the car crash, seeking vengeance. From the executive producers of The Grudge and The Ring.

SMART PEOPLE 3 stars (R) A book-smart, emotionally immature college professor (Dennis Quaid, cast nicely against type) and his daughter (Juno's Ellen Page) get lessons in expressing their feelings thanks partly to his underachieving adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church). Like a softer, unsurprising version of The Savages, Smart People crafts sharp dialogue and offers a showcase for its cast -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, who seems relieved to play a woman who's less perky than Carrie Bradshaw. -- Holman



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