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April 29, 2005

Another Road Home (Not rated)

Director: Danae Elon. With Danae Elon, Musa Obeidallah, Amos Elon, Mahmoud "Musa" Obeidallah. (79 min.)

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Sterritt **** The filmmaker looks for a Palestinian family who lived with her household during her childhood in Israel. Also present is her father, a respected author with strong views on the difference between Israeli security and Zionist goals. It's unlikely there will ever be a more moving portrait of the shared selfhood, usually veiled by politics, common to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

Death of a Dynasty (R)

Director: Damon Dash. With Ebon Moss-Bachrach,

Rashida Jones, Capone, Devon Aoki. (91 min.)

Sterritt *** A white pop-music reporter snoops for gossip about Dash's mostly black record company, and soon becomes comically embroiled in the hip-hop world's internal politics. The picture repeats itself a lot, but Dash is a good sport in poking barbed fun at the PR machinations of today's music business.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (PG)

Director: Garth Jennings. With Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def, John Malkovich. (110 min.)

Sterritt * See review.

Ladies in Lavender (PG-13)

Director: Charles Dance. With Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Bruhl, Natasha McElhone. (103 min.)

Sterritt *** Two elderly women find a young musician stranded on shore after a shipwreck during the World War II era and decide, for differing reasons, to nurse him back to health. Dance's directorial debut isn't exciting, but it's deeply felt and engagingly acted. Why doesn't he take more advantage of the story's opportunities for fine music, though?

Stalin's Wife (Not rated)

Director: Slava Tsukerman. With archival material of Josef Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyev. (104 min.)

Sterritt ** Documentary about the Soviet dictator's wife, about whom many mysteries remain. There's interesting material about Soviet history, but searching for answers about the revolutionary's spouse turns out to be less than engrossing. There's no hint of the cinematic gifts Tsukerman showed in "Liquid Sky," his acclaimed science-fiction melodrama. In English and Russian with subtitles.

3-Iron (R)

Director: Kim Ki-duk. With Jae Hee, Lee Seung-yeon, Park Se-jin. (87 min.)

Sterritt **** Enigmatic drama centering on a young Korean man whose hobby is living secretly in the homes of strangers, and an abused wife who abandons her husband to join him. Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime. In Korean with subtitles.

Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure (Not rated)

Director: Ben Stassen. With Liesl Eichenberger and African wildlife trackers.(40 min.)

Sterritt *** For close-up views of large African animals in the wild, this IMAX spectacle is hard to beat. However, the film takes up too much of its brief running time tracking down the photogenic beasts.

XXX: State of the Union (PG-13)

Director: Lee Tamahori. With Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Nona M. Gaye, Samuel L. Jackson. (101 min.)