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Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Through the lens of an 8-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined. The imagined story of Bruno and Shmuel sheds light on the brutality, senselessness and devastating consequences of war from an unusual point of view. Together, their tragic journey helps recall the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust. David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scalon. PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust/95m/F/Miramax

Trouble the Water

Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

An extremely visceral account which begins from the perspective of a couple (aspiring rap artist Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott Roberts) who filmed their neighborhood the day before and the day of Hurricane Katrina with a camcorder they had bought on the street a week earlier. This story of survival under extreme conditions touches on issues of race and class and the stratification of our society. NR/99m/F/Zeitgeist

Secret Life of Bees

Based on the New York Times best selling novel, this is the moving tale of Lily, a 14 year-old girl haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with her caregiver to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Nate Parker. PG-13 for /110m/S/Fox Searchlight

Rachel Getting Married

The return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister's wedding throws a wrench into the family dynamics, forcing long-simmering tensions to surface in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking. Directed by Jonathan Demme; Starring Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Debra Winger. R for language and brief sexuality/113m/F/Sony Pictures Classics


After being sent abroad, an American salesman does his best to navigate the chaos of Bombay and bring an office filled with constant cultural misunderstandings up to speed. Unexpectedly, his team of Indian call center workers, including charming Asha, not only teach Todd about India, but also more about America and himself. This film was inspired by writer/director Jeffcoat and his experiences traveling in Nepal and India. Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dhatkar. PG-13 for some sexual content/103m/F/Lantern Lane

Tell No One

In French with English Subtitles

Pediatric Alex Beck, still devastated by the savage murder of his wife Margot in the early days of their marriage eight years ago, receives an anonymous e-mail. When he clicks on the link he sees a woman's face standing in a crowd and being filmed in real time — Margot's face. Is she still alive? And why does she instruct him to "tell no one"? Kristin Scott-Thomas, François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Jean Rochefort, Marina Hands. NR/125m/S/Music Box

Ashland Street Cinemas


When her mother re-marries, Bella is sent to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, where she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward, a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire, and sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Cigandet, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene. PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality/122m/S/Summit Entertainment

Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa

Marooned on Madagascar, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. The penguins have repaired an old plane - sort of. Once aloft, they're heading to the wildest place of all — Africa. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, Alec Baldwin. PG for some mild crude humor/89m/F/Paramount

Quantum of Solace

See review, Page 11.

Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen, Joaquin Cosio. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content/106m/S/Sony


When the canine star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from a Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins a cross-country journey home with the delusion that his amazing feats and powers are real. Accompanying him are an abandoned housecat and a TV-obsessed hamster. Featuring the voice talents of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton. PG for some mild action and peril/96m/S/Disney.

Role Models

See review, Page 11.

Starring Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch, Bobb'e J.Thompson, Elizabeth Banks. R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity/99m/F/Universal

The Changeling

Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine said goodbye to her son and left for work. When she returned, she discovered he had vanished. A fruitless search ensues and, months later, a boy claiming to be the 9-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters and her conflicted emotions, she allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not her son. As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in Prohibition-era L.A., women don't challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb (Malkovich), who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy. Directed by Clint Eastwood; Starrting Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Michael Kelly. R for some violent and disturbing content, and language/142m/S/Universal

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