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If you've ever gotten the distinct hankerin' to pick Darren Aronofsky's brain about life's big questions (not the ones about babies and why it feels funny "down there" sometimes - save those for Ted Nugent), but were denied the natural extension of said hankerin', The Fountain may be as close as you're likely to get to satisfaction. That term, though, should be used carefully in relation to the 'nof's latest; it's worthwhile, certainly, but probably isn't what most are expecting (review, 23).

Steven (Secretary) Shainberg's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus is precisely what it purports to be - a fictionalized account of the life of the respected photographer, wherein she (as played by Nicole Kidman) finds inspiration and sexual awakening through a mysterious companion completely covered in fur (Robert Downey Jr.). Secretary screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson adapts - read her interview with the Current on page 22. (Suppose now I'll have to put a hold on that hypothetical screenplay about Ansel Adams and his imaginary frog-lady muse.) (Punks.)

If there's anything that can unseat Borat in terms of sheer gross-out, potty-humor cred, it's ... well, frankly, it's likely some sort of extended Youtube post of a dude taking a dump on his girlfriend or something, but, failing that, I'd wager Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny has the best immediate chance. Not sure what to expect from these two. Sure, the songs are entertaining, but the story - Jack Black and buddy Kyle Gass on a quest to steal a legendary magical guitar pick - doesn't help decipher things much, and this seems to me for some reason reminiscent of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Could be great, could be awful. (Either way, check last issue `November 15-21` for the TD interview.)

Mockumentarian (that is, "professional liar") Christopher Guest takes on the Academy, the film industry, and most extensions thereof in his latest offering, For Your Consideration, which breaks with convention a bit: it's shot not as a true documentary, but as a doc-style narrative. It's also very funny. But, like the man says, "You don't have to take ... my word for it"; check the review online at (That's my word too, though.)

Apparently, the Dixie Chicks-versus-the-president doc Shut Up & Sing opened last week, and is currently open, as well - hope you haven't missed it, and sorry: We got the notice late.

Déjà vu, besides rocking the double-accent marks, stars Denzel Washington as a time-traveling cop who falls for a woman from the past that he's trying to protect. Hmm.

In Deck the Halls, Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito play neighbors who begin warring when one decorates his house so brightly with Christmas lights that it's visible from space. Then, later, everybody learns something or whatever. About lights. And Christmas. And love. And space.

Heyy ... it's almost Thanksgiving - ready that Tofurkey, sucka!


Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.

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