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January 21, 2005

Are We There Yet? (PG)

Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long, Philip Bolden, Aleisha Allen. (95 min.)

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Sterritt ** You may be asking yourself the title question as you watch a kid-phobic man take an unwanted road trip with the children of a single mom he wants to

woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too brash and smug to bear. At least there's a heartwarming end to the excursion.

Arakimentary (Not rated)

Director: Travis Klose. With Araki, Björk, Takeshi Kitano, Richard Kern. (85 min.)

Sterritt ** Nonfiction portrait of the renowned Japanese photographer Araki, whose work ranges from art works to fashion shots to pornographic imagery. Illuminating, if not exactly edifying. In English and Japanese with subtitles.

Assault on Precinct 13 (R)

Director: Jean-François Richet. With Ethan Hawke, Maria Bello, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo. (109 min.)

Sterritt ** See review at right.

Head-On (Not rated)

Director: Fatih Akin. With Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, Stefan Gebelhoff, Catrin Striebeck. (118 min.)

Sterritt *** It's multiculturalism without tears in this tragicomic tale of two extremely unhappy young Turks who decide to get married on the tiny chance it will make their new lives in Germany a bit more tolerable. Superbly acted. In English, German, and Turkish with subtitles.

She's One of Us (Not rated)

Director: Siegrid Alnoy. With Sasha Andres, Carlo Brandt, Catherine Mouchet, Eric Caravaca. (100 min.)

Sterritt **** Brilliantly made psychological thriller about a young woman who'd do anything to be like the people she considers "nice" and "normal" but can't quite

manage the trick, at least in her own mind. Imaginatively acted, endlessly atmospheric. In French with subtitles.

With God on Our Side: George W. Bush & the Rise of the Religious Right in America (Not rated)

Directors: Calvin Skaggs, David Van Taylor. With assorted politicians and commentators. (100 min.)

Sterritt **** A scrupulously balanced look at the subject outlined in the title. Packed with historical, sociological, and cultural context.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (R)

Director: Niels Mueller. With Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle. (95 min.)

Sterritt **** Fictionalized account of a real-life businessman named Samuel Byck, whose frustration with getting nowhere led him to a mental breakdown and a crazy plot to kill the president in 1974. This is one of the rare movies to explore American materialism through the eyes of an all-too-ordinary person who isn't up to the challenges of everyday life.

Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 6 scenes of gun violence. Profanity: 30 harsh profanities. Drugs: 5 scenes with alcohol, 4 scenes with smoking.

The Aviator (PG-13)

Director: Martin Scorsese. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Kate Beckinsale. (170 min.)

Sterritt *** Large-scale epic about the life and times of Howard Hughes, focusing on his experiences as a filmmaker, flier, aircraft designer, and world-class eccentric. DiCaprio is excellent as Hughes and Blanchett is even better as movie star Katharine Hepburn, one of his lovers. The film largely lacks the personal, idiosyncratic touches that distinguish Scorsese's greatest work, though.

Coach Carter (PG-13)