Current movies recommended by the Times:
1 Zack and Miri Make a Porno - Lifelong pals (Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks) wonder if sex will ruin friendship in Kevin Smith's new raunchfest.
2 The Secret Life of Bees - Dakota Fanning's award-worthy performance anchors this Deep South melodrama, based on a bestselling book.
3 Religulous - Comedian Bill Maher asks logical questions about the world's religions, getting few satisfactory answers and lots of laughs.
4 The Duchess - Keira Knightley shines as an ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer, whose life and loves also were scandalous.
5 Appaloosa - Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen co-star in a gritty Western, based on the novel by Robert B. Parker.
All dates subject to change. Platform distribution of holiday films may lead to 2009 release dates.
Nov. 7: Rachel Getting Married; Soul Men; Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; Role Models; Happy-Go-Lucky; What Just Happened
Nov. 14: Quantum of Solace; Synecdoche, New York
Nov. 21: Twilight, Bolt
Nov. 26: Australia; Four Christmases; Transporter 3; Fanboys
Dec. 3: Crossing Over
Dec. 5: Cadillac Records; Extreme Movie; Punisher: War Zone
Dec. 12: Milk; The Day the Earth Stood Still; Doubt; Nothing Like the Holidays; Delgo