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THE HOAX (R) 4 stars. Lasse Hallstrom's (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) rollicking adaptation of the true tale of literary charlatan Clifford Irving who sold a faked biography of reclusive nut and billionaire Howard Hughes to his publisher McGraw-Hill is a tale of deception for our times with a marvelously cagey and charismatic lead performance by Richard Gere. -- Feaster

I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE (R) 2 stars. A bland comic remake of French director Eric Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon starring, written and directed by Chris Rock about a Manhattan banker with a perfect home life in the suburbs, children and a pretty wife who nevertheless lusts for a sexpot (Kerry Washington) who tempts him away from home and hearth. Nothing new in the marital angst genre in this unsatisfying, mostly unfunny, oddly bitter translation of Rock's standup comedy to film. -- Feaster

IMAX THEATER Deep Sea (NR) Get an up-close-and-personal look at sea turtles, giant octopi and other strange and colorful marine life in this visit to the ocean floor. Greece: Secrets of the Past (NR) This documentary explores the archeological secrets of Ancient Greece and features the Parthenon in its original glory as well as the volcanic eruption that buried the island of Santorini. Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu.

THE LAST MIMZY (PG) Directed by Robert Shaye and based on the sci-fi short story by Lewis Padgett, Mimzy tells the story of two children who discover a mysterious box containing strange devices they think are toys. The "toys" begin to teach the children extraordinary things, and soon the family learns the "toys" are part high-tech electronics, part organic and contain important secret messages about the future.

THE LOOKOUT (R) Directed by Scott Frank (Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for Out of Sight), The Lookout follows Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a once-promising high school athlete who becomes mentally impaired after a tragic accident. After finding work as a janitor, Chris becomes part of a heist at a bank that employs him. The film also stars Jeff Daniels and Isla Fisher.

MAFIOSO (1962) (NR) 4 stars. Alberto Sordi plays an exuberant, fast-talking technician at an auto plant who brings his urban Italian family to visit his small Sicilian hometown. Alberto Lattuada's rediscovered comedy anticipates The Godfather and "The Sopranos" with its deft combination of humor, drama and pulp crime story as the hero grapples with the demands of both his real family and the local crime syndicate. The first half provides enough laughs to be called National Lampoon's Sicilian Vacation but Mafioso turns almost entirely dramatic in its last half hour as it reveals the way one's relatives and "La Famiglia" can make us offers we can't refuse. Co-stars Norma Bengell. -- Holman

MEET THE ROBINSONS (G) A schoolboy inventor travels to the future and meets a lovably eccentric family. This computer-animated family flick is based on A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, whose playfully retro children's books inspired the kid's shows "Rolie Polie Olie" and "George Shrinks," not to mention the cool designs of Robots.

THE NAMESAKE (PG-13) 2 stars. Mira Nair's (Monsoon Wedding) latest foray into cross-cultural ennui is a bit of a disappointment. When her adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri's novel is focused on recent newlyweds Ashima (Tabu) and Ashoke (Irfan Khan) as they make the difficult immigrant's journey from bright, warm Calcutta to grim Queens in the '70s, the film succeeds beautifully. But when Nair's attention turns to their dour teenage hatchling Gogol (Kal Penn) in this epic family drama of cultural collision between the old world and the new, it loses energy. Gogol's bratty angst just doesn't carry the emotional gravitas of his parents' loneliness and yearning and every time the attention is on the younger generation's problems the film suffers. -- Feaster

PAN'S LABYRINTH (R) 4 stars. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's gothic fairy tale concerns a little girl (Ivana Baquero) who escapes the violence of the adult world in prolonged fantasies of descent into a magical underworld overseen by an enormous talking faun, Pan. Del Toro (Hellboy), supported by an excellent cast of female actresses, delivers an achingly beautiful parable about the willful desire of children to imagine an alternative reality. -- Feaster

PREMONITION (PG-13) 3 stars. Sandra Bullock plays a housewife who begins doubting her sanity after his husband's death when she experiences her days out of sequence. Reminiscent of the premises of both Memento and Groundhog Day, director Mennan Yapo's supernatural thriller intrigues the audience with Bill Kelly's reasonably clever script instead of horror-house jolts. -- Holman

PRIDE (PG) Sunu Gonera's fact-based film follows inner-city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis' (Terrence Howard) fight to build a swim team in one of Philly's toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Ellis refurbishes an abandoned recreational pool with the help of its custodian Elston (Bernie Mac). Recruiting teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers -- all in time for the upcoming state championships. Supporting case includes Tom Arnold and Kimberly Elise.

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