A zookeeper's son, Piscine Molitor Patel, has survived the sinking of a freighter containing his family's menagerie when another castaway struggles aboard the lifeboat. It's a Bengal tiger. Can they follow the currents across the Pacific to land? Can 16-year-old Pi find the courage, intelligence and cunning to survive until they do? Ang Lee's thrillingly audacious film transforms this inconceivable premise of the 2001 bestseller into visual poetry, high adventure and sheer enchantment. (Rated PG.)

Colin Covert