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The Cloud of Unknowing (Not rated)

Director: Richard Sylvarnes. With DJ Mendel, Miho Nikaido, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lisa Walter. (83 min.)

Sterritt *** A physician, a fortune teller, and a possibly reincarnated wife are the main characters of this spooky, atmospheric tale. Beautifully photographed.

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (Not rated)

Director: George Butler. With John Kerry, Thomas Oliphant, Max Cleland, voice of Ben Affleck. (92 min.)

Sterritt **** Documentary about Kerry's experiences as a soldier and protester during the Vietnam era. Put into production long before Kerry's presidential candidacy, the absorbing account reflects Butler's long experience with nonfiction film, going back to "Pumping Iron," the picture that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map in 1977.

I [heart] Huckabees (R)

Director: David O. Russell. With Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts, Jude Law, Lily Tomlin. (106 min.)

Sterritt ** See review.

Ladder 49 (PG-13)

Director: Jay Russell. With Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Morris Chestnut. (115 min.)

Staff *** As firefighter Jack Morrison (Phoenix) waits for his buddies to evacuate him from a collapsing warehouse, he relives his 10 years with the department. The clunky flashback storytelling doesn't detract much from the believable vignettes of fire fighting, rescues, and sudden death, as well as the job's pressures on home life. It may keep you asking why men and women choose this lifestyle. It will make you grateful they do. By M.K. Terrell

Shark Tale (PG)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman, Eric Bergeron. With voices of Will Smith, Renée Zellweger, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie. (90 min.)

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