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The following minireviews are written by Times critics for movies showing this weekend at theaters in the Tampa Bay area. Consult Movie Times for theaters and showtimes.

New this week

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

(R) (120 min.) Nicole Kidman portrays the famed photographer of unusual personalities, such as her extremely hirsute neighbor (Robert Downey Jr.). Graphic nudity, sexuality, profanity.

Jesus Camp B+

(PG-13) (84 min.) Documentary account of a summer camp for evangelical Christian children, where church and state become uneasily mixed. Mature themes.

The Nativity Story B

(PG) (101 min.) The virgin Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and husband Joseph (Oscar Isaac) give birth to baby Jesus in a reverent retelling. Brief violence, mature themes.

Turistas D

(R) (90 min.) Vacationers in Brazil are trapped by a mad surgeon harvesting internal organs. Violence, disturbing images, profanity, sexuality, nudity.

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

(R) (95 min.) A college playboy's apprentice (Kal Penn) transfers to an English university to corrupt classmates. Crude sexual content, nudity, profanity.


Babel B+

(R) (142 min.) An American couple (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett) in Morocco are linked to crises around the world. Shown with English subtitles for five languages. Profanity, violence, frontal nudity, mature themes.

Barnyard B

(PG) (90 min.) Computer-animated livestock play while the farmer's away. Celebrity voices include Kevin James (TV's King of Queens), Wanda Sykes and Andie MacDowell. Mild peril, rude humor.

Bobby C

(R) (120 min.) The day Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated is trivialized by writer-director Emilio Estevez's focus on fictional melodrama. Strong profanity, drug abuse, sexual situations, brief violence.

Borat B

(R) (82 min.) Faux documentary about a Kazakhstan TV reporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) offending as many Americans as possible. Pervasive strong crude and prejudicial humor, harsh profanity, frontal nudity, sexual situations, alcohol abuse.

Casino Royale B

(PG-13) (144 min.) Daniel Craig reinvents the James Bond mystique during a violent mission to stop terrorist funding through high-stakes poker. Intense violence, including torture, sexual situations, profanity, nudity.

Deck the Halls D

(PG) (95 min.) Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito play feuding neighbors one-upping each other with holiday decorations. Crude humor, brief language.

Deja Vu C+

(PG-13) (128 min.) Federal agent (Denzel Washington) travels backward in time to investigate a terrorist attack in New Orleans. Intense violence, disturbing images, sensuality and profanity.

The Departed A

(R) (149 min.) An undercover policeman (Leonardo DiCaprio) matches wits with a mobster (Jack Nicholson) who has an informant (Matt Damon) inside the police department. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Brutal violence, pervasive profanity, strong sexual content, drug content.

Flags of Our Fathers A

(R) (132 min.) Director Clint Eastwood creates a battlefield epic and an emotional minefield from the true story of the famed Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph. Graphic carnage and violence, harsh profanity.

Flicka A

(PG) (94 min.) Young girl (Alison Lohman) raises a wild horse to convince her father (Tim McGraw) she can run the family ranch. Mild profanity.

Flushed Away B-

(PG) (84 min.) A domesticated mouse (voice of Hugh Jackman) goes down the toilet to underground London where he finds romance and danger. Crude humor.

For Your Consideration C

(PG-13) (86 min.) Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show) mocks the egos of filmmakers. Profanity, sexual references.

The Fountain B-

(PG-13) (96 min.) A medical researcher, a Spanish conquistador and a space oddity (each played by Hugh Jackman) inhabit a confounding drama of love after death. Violence, profanity, sensuality.

A Good Year B+

(PG-13) (118 min.) A London stockbroker (Russell Crowe) inherits his beloved uncle's vineyard in France. Albert Finney and Marion Cotillard co-star. Profanity, sexual situations.

The Grudge 2

(PG-13) (100 min.) A legendary curse stalks the sister (Amber Tamblyn) of the first movie's leading victim. A remake of a sequel to a Japanese horror hit. Disturbing images, violence, child endangerment, sensuality.

The Guardian B-

(PG-13) (136 min.) U.S. Coast Guard veteran (Kevin Costner) trains a reckless recruit (Ashton Kutcher) who then must rescue him. Intense action and peril, brief strong language and sensuality.

Happy Feet C+

(PG) (98 min.) Animated yarn about a penguin who can't sing for a mate but can tap dance. Robin Williams, Elijah Wood and Hugh Jackman are among the celebrity voices. Rude humor, mild peril.

Jackass: Number Two

(R) (95 min.) Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of masochists are back for another assortment of gross and dangerous stunts. Harsh profanity, sexuality and nudity.

Let's Go to Prison

(R) (90 min.) An ex-convict (Dax Shepard) willingly returns to jail to torment the wrongfully imprisoned son (Will Arnett) of a judge. Harsh language, strong sexual humor, violence, drug content.

Man of the Year D+

(PG-13) (115 min.) Political satirist (Robin Williams) decides to run for U.S. president. His campaign includes profanity, crude sexual references, drug-related material and brief violence.

The Marine

(PG-13) (100 min.) World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena stars as a veteran whose wife is kidnapped. Guess what happens next. Intense violence, profanity and sensuality (but not with the villains).

Open Season B

(PG) (99 min.) Trained grizzly bear (voice of Martin Lawrence) is left to survive in the wild with a goofy mule deer (Ashton Kutcher) in this animated comedy. Crude humor.

The Prestige C-

(PG-13) (130 min.) Rival magicians (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman) compete over the secrets of a new illusion. Directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento). Violence, disturbing images.

The Queen B+

(PG-13) (97 min.) Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) avoids publicly grieving after the death of Princess Diana, until Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) persuades her. Profanity, mature themes.

The Return

(PG-13) (85 min.) Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a saleswoman supernaturally drawn into a cold-case murder. Violence, terror, disturbing images.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

(G) (90 min.) A suburban dad (Tim Allen) continues his double life as St. Nick, facing off with mean Jack Frost (Martin Short). Mild crude humor.


(R) (107 min.) The madman known as Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) has a few more stomach-turning tricks up his sleeve. Grisly violence and gore, graphic torture, nudity, strong profanity.

Shut Up and Sing B-

(R) (93 min.) Documentary account of the Dixie Chicks' 2003 concert tour when lead singer Natalie Maines made disparaging remarks about President Bush, kicking off a political firestorm. Strong profanity, mature themes.

Stranger Than Fiction A

(PG-13) (113 min.) A timid IRS agent (Will Ferrell) discovers an author (Emma Thompson) is writing his life and possible death. Profanity, brief sexual situations, disturbing images.

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny D

(R) (93 min.) Jack Black and Kyle Gass star in a full-length version of their heavy metal rock satire. It works better in small doses on HBO and CDs. Harsh profanity, strong sexual humor, drug abuse.