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An epic and romantic action adventure, set on the explosive brink of World War II. An English aristocrat travels to Australia, where she meets a rough-hewn local and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to face the bombing of the city of Darwin by Japanese forces. Directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge"). Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brandon Walters, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown. PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language/166m/S/Fox

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Starring David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scalon. PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust/95m/F/Miramax

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

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


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 email. 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


(starts Nov. 28)

Poppy is an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often most elusive of all human qualities — happiness. Poppy's ability to maintain her perspective is tested as the story begins and her commuter bike is stolen. However, she enthusiastically signs up for driving lessons with Scott, who turns out to be her nemesis — a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind. Directed and written by Mike Leigh ("Vera Drake"); Starring Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Samuel Roukin. R for language/118m/S/Miramax

Flow: For Love of Water

(starts Nov. 28)

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century — The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world. It also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies. Not rated/84m/F/Oscilloscope Pictures

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Starring 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


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

Quantum of Solace

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing the truth, Bond discovers the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined. On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that a ruthless business man is conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important natural resources. 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

Four Christmases

Happily unmarried Kate and Brad are socked in by fog on Christmas, their exotic vacation plans dashed. Unable to escape, they trudge to the four crazy relative-choked festivities they had always managed to avoid. Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Kristin Chenoweth. PG-13 for some sexual humor and language/89m/F/Warner Bros.

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

Transporter 3

Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, the ex-Special Forces operative specializing in high-risk deliveries. This time he's an unwilling participant, and things go boom. Jason Statham, Francois Berleand, Natalya Rudakova, Robert Knepper, Jeroen Krabbe. PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material/100m/S/Lionsgate

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