(FILM) This fantastic movie about a South African farm boy and his cheetah is supposed to be for kids, but 12-year-old Xan has to face down serious human grief as well as mortal danger. When his cheetah can't learn to act like a house kitty, kid and cat embark on a journey through salt pans and jungles and across a crocodile-infested river. The anti-machismo message is incredibly refreshing: "Be smart. Be afraid." (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 267-5380. 6:30 and 8:30 pm, $5-$8.)