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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


Actor-turned-director Clark Gregg shows he is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it with "Choke," a wickedly colorful dark comedy. Victor, is a sex-addicted med-school dropout who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical re-enactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night, Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who "save" him. When Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father's identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend and his mother's beautiful attending physician to solve the mystery before the truth is lost forever. Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Brad William Henke, Kelly Macdonald. R for strong sexual content, nudity and language/93m/F/Fox Searchlight


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Starring Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Samuel Roukin. R for language/118m/S/Miramax

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Through the lens of an eight-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

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

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

A contemporary reinvention of the 1951 classic, Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind his appearance, a woman and her young stepson get caught up in his mission. Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler. PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence/104m/S/Fox


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


The magical land of Jhamora is divided between two cultures — the Nohrin, winged masters of the skies, and the Lockni, who harness the mystical powers of the land. Voice talents of Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Chris Kattan, Kelly Ripa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle. PG for sequences of fantasy action violence/90m/F/Freestyle

Four Christmases

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Starring 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.


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/103m (including TOKYO MATER short) 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 that 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

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