Good Hair *** ( 3 STARS) When it comes to making a personal documentary without puffing yourself up into a populist Don Quixote, Chris Rock could teach Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore a thing or two. In fact, that's what Rock does as the good-humored host and guiding creative force behind this exploration of the political and style wars of hair in the African-American community. And as the single celebrity spokeswoman for more natural styles, Baltimore's own Tracie Thoms overflows with charm and insight.
Opening Next Friday
2012: (Columbia Pictures) A global cataclysm brings an end to the world, forcing survivors to undergo a heroic struggle. With John Cusack and Amanda Peet.
Crude : (First Run Features) The story of a lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans against Chevron over contamination of the Amazon. Directed by Joe Berlinger.
An Education: (Sony Pictures Classics) The coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old girl who becomes smitten with a fast-living older man in 1960s London. With Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan.
Flammen and Citronen: (IFC Films) Two resistance fighters struggle against the Nazis in occupied Denmark.
Pirate Radio: (Focus Features) A band of rogue DJs runs a hugely influential radio station from a boat in the North Sea. With Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy.
Opening Nov. 20
The Twilight Saga: New Moon : (Summit Entertainment) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson return in this sequel to "Twilight," which finds Bella drawn into the world of werewolves. With Taylor Lautner and Peter Facinelli.
Release dates are subject to change.