What It's About: A couple (Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston) decide to break up, but neither wants to give up the condo they share.
The scoop: This is half of a great movie: a biting look at exes taking off the gloves. But it fails to explain how these characters got together in the first place.
What It's About: Pixar's latest animation miracle envisions Al Gore's worst nightmare - a universe peopled entirely by cars.
The scoop: It's a vehicle for beguiling comedy and drama about a hot-shot racer (Owen Wilson) who slows down and discovers love, pain and the whole thing.
The Da Vinci Code
What It's About: Harvard symbologist Tom Hanks and Parisian cop cryptologist Audrey Tautou get framed for multiple murders and, while on the run, unlock the key to the Holy Grail.
The scoop: The only pleasure comes from seeing Ian McKellen as a Holy Grail expert whip through the exposition as if it were Oscar Wilde or Shakespeare. Too bad it's not.
What It's About: In 2010, an elite undercover cop on the trail of a neutron bomb infiltrates the most dangerous suburb of Paris with the help of a righteous native on the wrong side of the law.
The scoop: The story is basic, but the display of "parkour" prowess on the part of the two stars, Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle, is extraordinary.
Down in the Valley
What It's About: A mysterious cowboy (Edward Norton) ambles into California's San Fernando Valley with a couple of shirts and a duffel bag and wins the heart of a bored teenager (Evan Rachel Wood).
The scoop: Norton is as romantic as Montgomery Clift in Red River and as electric as James Dean in Giant, and Wood is a heartbreaker; they get you past a second half that becomes melodramatic and didactic.
An Inconvenient Truth
What It's About: Al Gore delivers a pumped-for-the-big-screen version of his PowerPoint lecture on global warming.
The scoop: It's compelling, scary and even a bit uplifting because Gore - yes, Gore - is such a humane, witty and lucid guide to the threats against our environment.
Keeping Up With the Steins
What It's About: A young boy wants a low-key bar mitzvah celebration, much to the dismay of his ultra-competitive dad (Jeremy Piven).
The scoop: A movie that really can't decide what it wants; it's half a spoof of rampant one-upmanship, half tale of familial rapprochement.
Over the Hedge
What It's About: Forest animals awaken from hibernation to find themselves surrounded by suburbia and debate whether to succumb to the temptations for easy food.
The scoop: Young moviegoers will love the funny animals (voiced by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes and others), while adolescents will enjoy the humor and adults the tongue-in-cheek sophistication.
A Prairie Home Companion
What It's About: It's the last broadcast of a radio show very much like Garrison Keillor's beloved NPR standby of the same name.
The scoop: Robert Altman and Keillor create a peerless funky fantasia with new characters including an irresistible sister act from Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin and an old-time singer played by the great L.Q. Jones.
X-Men: The Last Stand
What It's About: Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) line up on opposite sides, of course, after scientists find a "cure" for mutants.
The scoop: It's always stimulating to return to the high-flying X-Men series. But this entry overdraws on the metaphor of mutants as minorities.