The Camden 28
Thirty-five years after destroying records in draft board offices in protest of Vietnam, the perpetrators—"the Camden 28"—reflect on the act and its consequences.

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
Not screened for critics, Mr. Smith is a documentary about a progressive political science professor who decides to run for Congress in Missouri. Yeah. Good luck with that.

The Departed
Martin Scorsese's made a bunch of important movies. Movies that changed things, that define American cinema: Taxi Driver. Raging Bull. The Last Temptation of Christ. Goodfellas. That sweet music video for Michael Jackson's "Bad." So even though it's pretty goddamn great, Scorsese's latest, The Departed—an intense take on the cop thriller genre—can't live up to the expectations his IMDB page inspires. But while The Departed is nothing revolutionary, it is one hell of a genre film—smart and forceful and fun. (Erik Henriksen)

The charm of Factotum is that it doesn't fancy anything up: Charles Bukowski was poor, fucked up, and had a depressing life. And that's exactly what inspired him to become a great writer. (Katie Shimer)

Film School: The Exorcist
The folks at Film School serve up a timely helping of The Exorcist—a screening that'll be accompanied by a lecture on vomiting in films, amongst other things.

Flags of Our Fathers
See review this issue.

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The Grudge 2
Not screened for critics, The Grudge 2 is yet another film about a creepy Japanese ghost who looks like Michael Jackson.

The Guardian
While The Guardian might just be a lamer, wetter version of Top Gun, Ashton Kutcher looks a hell of a lot better with his shirt off than Tom Cruise ever did. (Courtney Ferguson)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
See review this issue.

Yes, it's another movie about Truman Capote. However familiar the subject, Douglas McGrath's Infamous quickly establishes its own rhythm, shuffling with ease between an amusing look at NYC social butterflyism and the darker, sardonic Kansas segments. Admittedly, the film does have to deal with a rather large elephant in the room, given Philip Seymour Hoffman's towering performance in Capote just last year. But here, as Capote, Toby Jones' lolling ease at impersonation permeates the film, and while McGrath and Jones can't match the intensity of the earlier film or actor, Infamous' knowingly glib, facile tone makes for a fearsomely entertaining night out. (Andrew Wright)

Innocents Betrayed
Innocents Betrayed wasn't screened for press, but here's the synopsis from "Documentary showing that 'gun control' has historically been used to disarm citizens and make them helpless before governments commit genocide." Aw, Jesus Christ. Presented as a "Politics and Beer!" screening, with discussion to follow the screening.

Jesus Camp
Jesus Camp falls into the category of films that I wanted to like more than I did. In some ways, it's a dream of a documentary: an intriguing, inflammatory idea combined with apparently unrestricted access. Unfortunately, filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady can't resist the temptation to turn the film into a polemic about how fundamentalists are taking over the country and ruining our government. (Well, yeah—no shit.) (Alison Hallett)

The Last King of Scotland
The story of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (played with charisma—and a lazy eye—by Forest Whitaker). It starts happily enough: The Ugandan people are all for Amin's 1971 overthrow of Prime Minister Milton Obote. They dance in the streets, sing, and clap. It's nice. Things are good. Then, of course, things get heavy. This is no spoiler if you know your history, but by the end of Amin's rule in 1979, some 300,000 of his own people had been butchered in the name of purity and progress. While beautifully shot and flawlessly acted, Last King is intensely savage. You might be appalled and you might be disturbed. Get over it. Like Hotel Rwanda or Schindler's List, this is important. (Adam Gnade)

Marie Antoinette
See review this issue.

The Marine
Oh yesssss! John Cena's movie is finally coming out! He's so totally the best wrestler alive since the Rock left the WWE! How many other rappers can rap as good as Cena? None! Like when he goes "Dead-da, when the lights, the mic is on/The crowd is dead like intermission and you on the Titan Tron"!!! Then he waves his hand in front of his face like "You can't see me!" Oh man, Cena rulz so hard. I don't even care what The Marine is about. If Vince McMahon signed his name to it, I know it's gonna be good. (Sean "ucantcme" Perkins)

Musica Cabana
Musica Cubana has been billed as a sequel to The Buena Vista Social Club, but it's more like its scrawny little brother with morning breath and back zits. Where Buena Vista took a classic documentary approach to telling the stories of Cuba's best (and oldest) musicians, this time around we get fictional characters and plotline placed into the lives of real-life musicians. Problem being, you're not quite certain where documentary ends and shoddy fiction begins. The music? Great. Young and old Cuban music-makers showing their stuff. The story? I barely remember it. (Adam Gnade)

Nearing Grace
High school kids are ugly and stupid. They're immature and, if they date at all, they tend to botch it up miserably. Except in Hollywood, of course, where the adolescents have porcelain features and discuss their rich, complicated love lives with the studied calm of wizened gurus. Which brings us to films like the abominably dull Nearing Grace. (Justin Sanders)

Our Daily Bread
A German "meditation on industrial food and high-tech agriculture." Creepy, man. Creepy.

Portland International Short Short Film Fest (PISS Fest)
See review this issue.

The Prestige
See review this issue.

Rain in a Dry Land
A look at two Somali Bantu families who come to the United States.

The Refugee All Stars
Six Sierra Leonean musicians/refugees form a refugee band. Makes sense.

The Road to Guantanamo
Directors Michael Winterbottom and Matt White­cross combine interviews, archival footage, and dramatic elements to tell the true story of four British Muslims who, after visiting Afghanistan in 2001, ended up in Guantanamo Bay as US prisoners.

Short Films
A pretty stellar-looking line-up of short films from top-shelf agents of cinematic subversion, including Kenneth Anger, Jan Svankmajer, Bruce Le Bruce, old stuff by David Lynch, and one film by young buck Thomas Edison. This sounds like edgy museum-quality stuff, but at homey old Valentine's. I'm loving it. (Chas Bowie)

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Two parents try to get their 28-year-old son to move out in this French comedy. (And yes: "French comedy" is an oxymoron.)