FLY ME TO THE MOON (G) Three houseflies stow away on the Apollo 11 spaceship and fly to the moon in this first-ever all-CGI animated 3-D film.
MIRRORS (R) Kiefer Sutherland stars as Ben Carson, an ex-cop working as a museum security guard, who discovers evil lurking in the mirrors at the museum and in his home.
AMERICAN TEEN 2 stars (PG-13) Nanette Burstein (co-director of The Kid Stays in the Picture) flies solo on this manipulative but often-affecting portrait of a group of high school students in a small Indiana town. Burstein consciously plays with the same "types" that can be found in the 1985 John Hughes comedy-drama The Breakfast Club but comes to the same conclusion: Teens transcend the labels we give them. That message might feel a lot more authentic if the movie didn't feel too artificially crafted and plotted, her subjects feeling like a "cast" from a reality TV show. -- David Lee Simmons
THE ANIMATION SHOW 4 3 stars (NR) The fourth installment of the edgy animation anthology, created by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, puts a little too much emphasis on rude slapstick. (You can pretty much guess the punchlines of the recurring shorts called "Yompi, The Loveable Crotch-Biting Sloup.") Nevertheless, the jokes are pretty good on a short-by-short basis. Smith & Foulkes' "This Way Up" is a small masterpiece of deadpan humor and other highlights include a collage adaptation of Billy Collins' poem "Forgetfulness." -- Curt Holman
BOTTLE SHOCK (PG-13) Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman star in this film, based on a true story, about a struggling California wine seller who changes the wine industry with a remarkable chardonnay.
BRICK LANE (PG-13) A young Bangladeshi woman (Tannishtha Chatterjee) is forced to confront the realities of life when she leaves her family to move to London for a loveless arranged marriage.
CSNY: DÉJÀ VU 3 stars (R) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's tour documentary, shot during the group's aptly named 2006 Freedom of Speech Tour, deftly blends the band's anti-war sentiment with a fond appreciation of the troops' sacrifices. The delicate balance undercuts the notion of protest as unpatriotic, and instead underscores the value of dissent. Unfortunately, the movie's a little light on the band's interpersonal dynamics, and instead settles for an early observation by David Crosby of Young as a "benevolent" dictator. We see too many group hugs, and not enough creative collaboration. -- Simmons
THE DARK KNIGHT 4 stars (PG-13) Director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Batman Begins features such sharp conflicts, gritty locations and breathless action scenes that the flamboyant hero and villain costumes seem almost superfluous. The late Heath Ledger's creepy, charismatic turn as the anarchic Joker could have earned the actor a second career playing movie bad guys, while Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of district attorney Harvey Dent, the "white knight" of crime-ridden Gotham City, gives the film the dimensions of classic tragedy. As Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale doesn't seem to mind being upstaged. -- Holman
ELSA AND FRED (PG) Elsa, a young romantic, falls in love with a widower named Alfredo and in pursuing him, teaches him how to live again. Marcos Carnevale directs.
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD 3 stars (G) Werner Herzog combs Antarctica's icebergs and underwater marvels in another existential meditation on the tensions between man and nature. The film underscores Herzog's enduring existential crisis -- that man's importance is infinitesimal when set against the backdrop of nature. It's not long before we realize that the "end of the world" referred to in the movie's title isn't just a geographical location, but man's fate as well. -- Simmons
FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (PG-13) Obsessed with kung fu classics, American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano) discovers an ancient Chinese staff and finds himself transported back in time. Jason must return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King. Also starring Jet Li, Yi Fei Liu and Jackie Chan.
GET SMART 2 stars (PG-13) In this adaptation of the 1960s sitcom, eager espionage analyst Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is paired with gorgeous Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) to track down Russian nuclear material. With supporting players including Alan Arkin as the slow-burning chief, the spy spoof features smart casting but can't decide whether Carell's role should be likably naïve or a bumbling, overbearing know-it-all like Don Adams in the original show. Get Smart's fat jokes and lumbering stunt scenes evoke the lame action-comedies of the 1980s, and topical gags about subjects like airport profiling were funnier in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. -- Holman
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