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Published Oct. 23, 2008

Current movies recommended by the Times:

1 The Secret Life of Bees - Dakota Fanning's award-worthy performance anchors this Deep South melodrama, based on a bestselling book.

2 Religulous - Comedian Bill Maher asks logical questions about the world's religions, getting few satisfactory answers and lots of laughs.

3 The Duchess - Keira Knightley shines as an ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer, whose life and loves also were scandalous.

4 Appaloosa - Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen co-star in a gritty Western, based on the novel by Robert B. Parker.

5 Choke - A sex-addicted con man (Sam Rockwell) deals with his ailing mother (Anjelica Huston) in a raunchy, rollicking comedy from the author of Fight Club.

Upcoming releases

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 31: Changeling; RocknRolla; Zack and Miri Make a Porno; Haunting of Molly Hartley; What Just Happened

Nov. 7: Rachel Getting Married; Soul Men; Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; Role Models; Happy-Go-Lucky

Nov. 14: Quantum of Solace; Synecdoche, New York

Nov. 21: The Road; Twilight; The Soloist

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