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Sterritt ** Documentary about the mating and chick-raising routines of Emperor Penguins, whose Antarctic habitat makes almost every activity hazardous to their health and even their lives (see story, page 13). As a zoological spectacle the movie is riveting. But the narration tries to make us think of these adorable animals as if they saw the world in human terms, which they obviously don't, and the images have been enhanced by digital effects, as if they wouldn't be impressive enough on their own.

Memories of Murder (Not rated)

Director: Bong Joon-ho. With Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Song Jae-ho, Kim Roe-ha. (130 min.)

Sterritt **** Korean cops try a variety of tactics in their desperate hunt for a serial killer. Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich. In Korean with subtitles.

Waging a Living (Not rated)

Director: Roger Weisberg. With four members of the American working poor. (84 min.)

Sterritt **** It's a tragic fact that many Americans work incredibly hard without managing to cross the poverty line, and this documentary explores their lot in life. Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (PG)

Director: Robert Rodriguez. With Cayden Boyd, Kristen Davis, David Arquette, George Lopez. (94 min.)

Sterritt ** You'll know who the target audience is when you discover the story's setting is called Planet Drool, and the hero is an imaginative schoolboy who joins the title characters to fight the evil Mr. Electric and save the world. Only part of it is in 3-D, but youngsters should enjoy pulling their special specs on and off.

Batman Begins (PG-13)

Director: Christopher Nolan. With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman. (141 min.)

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