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FAT ALBERT (PG) See review on this page.
FINDING NEVERLAND (PG) Director Marc Forster finds a connection between Scottish author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and his most famous creation, Peter Pan. Both desire to avoid the bitter realities of death and growing up by escaping to a Neverland of perpetual childhood. Depp gives a magical performance in this wonderfully bittersweet, loose adaptation of Barrie's life, which imagines how his friendship with four young boys and their widowed mother (Kate Winslet) -- and their shared experience of death -- might have inspired him to create Peter Pan. -- FF
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (PG-13) This remake of the spiffy 1965 adventure flick features Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Mirando Otto and Hugh Laurie as airplane passengers stranded in the desert by a plane crash. Sort of like "Lost," only without the ocean. Or the angsty flashbacks. Or the monsters you never see.
I HEART HUCKABEES (R) "Screwball sophistry" could describe this fast-talking, deep-thinking comedy from Three Kings director David O. Russell. A frustrated environmental activist (Jason Schwartzman) finds himself torn between the forces of order, represented by Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman's "existential detectives," and a nihilistic -- but sexy -- French intellectual (Isabelle Huppert). Huckabees tests your tolerance for deadpan whimsy but pays off with persistent laughs and relevant commentary on suburban sprawl and celebrity-obsessed corporate culture. -- CH
IMAX THEATER: Amazing Journeys (NR) Here's the movie Imax was made for! Neither didactic nor evangelical, it appeals to all ages and images you'll never forget. The film examines migration -- of monarch butterflies, gray whales, red crabs, zebras and wildebeest, birds and humans. Director George Casey adds cinematic touches of comedy, drama and suspense to avoid a dry documentary feel in what may be the best Imax film yet.
Forces of Nature (NR) Volcanoes and tornadoes and earthquakes, oh my! Not to mention the scientists who study them to improve their forecasting ability in hopes of saving lives. It's like watching the best of the Weather Channel on a giant screen -- without getting your local forecast.Closes Jan. 2.
NASCAR: The Imax Experience (PG) Stock car racing seems a perfect subject for 3-D Imax but this survey course -- "NASCAR 101" -- doesn't begin to realize the potential. Fans have seen it all before and if non-fans had any interest, they'd be fans. The film includes surprisingly little racing footage, and cuts away too quickly from the shots that put you in the action. Closes Jan. 2. Africa: The Serengeti (NR) An East African safari captures "the Great Migration" of more than two million wildebeests, zebras and antelope over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains, with such predators as lions and cheetahs in hot pursuit. Opens Jan. 3. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu. -- Steve Warren
THE INCREDIBLES (PG) Former costumed crime-fighter Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) and his family must pass as ordinary suburbanites until a mysterious archvillain inspires them to flex their super-muscles once more. Pixar's latest computer-animated classic fits in more with James Bond and Marvel Comics than family films like Finding Nemo, and the metaphors for conformity and mid-life crisis will strike deeper chords with parents than kids. But the spectacular derring-do in the second half will inspire all audiences to cry "Look! Up on the screen!" -- CH
THE INHERITANCE (NR) Though this Danish family melodrama often comes across as a more elegantly repressed European Dynasty, director Per Fly's affecting drama proves more reminiscent of Douglas Sirk's incisive social commentaries. Fly reveals not only the tangled web of family, but the soul-destroying effect corporate life on one man (The Celebration's Ulrich Thomsen) who inherits his father's steel business and finds his wife and integrity slowly slipping away. -- FF
KINSEY (R) Writer-director Bill Condon lays out the importance of Alfred Kinsey, whose ground-breaking -- and still controversial -- research on American sexuality emphasized facts, not disapproving morality. At times Condon oversimplifies to score easy points against repressive figures, but Kinsey uses the complexity of sex to explore how "normalcy" proves to be a slippery concept. Neeson's fascinating portrayal captures both Kinsey's scientific passions and his shaken confusion when he realizes that keeping emotions separate from sex is easier said than done. -- CH
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (PG) In this gloriously gothic adaptation of Lemony Snicket's best-selling, darkly comic children's books, the woeful but resourceful Baudelaire orphans match wits with their conniving Uncle Olaf (Jim Carrey). Casting Carrey as a ham actor turns out to be a disastrous choice that feeds the comic's most affected instincts. But Liam Aiken and Emily Browning make appealingly melancholy young heroes, and their last-minute escapes from Olaf's death-traps prove deliriously creative. -- CH
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