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The Soloist

A journalist discovers a former classical music prodigy playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As the journalist endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton. PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language/117m/S/Paramount


In Italian with English subtitles

A visceral adaptation of Roberto Saviani's best-selling exposé of the Camorra's criminality, Matteo Garrone provides viewers with an unparalleled entry point into the milieu of Neapolitan gangsters. Garrone deftly interweaves five storylines centred around a ziggurat-like apartment building where Mafiosi of all ages go about their business, whether it's fashion design, toxic-waste dumping or just simple extortion. Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Vincenzo Fabricino, Vincenzo Altamura, Italo Renda, Gianfelice Imparato. Not rated, but very violent/136m/S/IFC

Sunshine Cleaning

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Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevak, Steve Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub. R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use/92m/S/Overture

State of Play

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Directed by Kevin Macdonald ("Last King of Scotland"; Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman. PG13 for some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content/127m/S/Universal

The Informers

In such works as "Less Than Zero" and "American Psycho," Brett Easton Ellis brilliantly dissects contemporary American society, a culture in which too much is never enough. Now, adapting his own acclaimed novel for the screen, he returns to the Los Angeles of the early 1980's with a multi-strand narrative that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Brad Renfro, Jon Foster. R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images/100m/S/Senator Entertainment

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Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. As Shawn's manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, Shawn becomes a star brawler. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he's found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life. Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Brian White, Luis Guzman, Zulay Henao. PG-13 for intense fight sequences, a sex scene and brief strong language/m/F/Universal

Monsters vs. Aliens

A ragtag group of Monsters, including a 50-foot tall California girl, is kept locked up in a covert government compound until a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In desperation, the president is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction. Voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Rudd. PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language/94m/S/Paramount

Hannah Montana: The Movie

As Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, at the urging of her father, takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tenn., to get some perspective on what matters most in life. Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles. G/102m/F/Disney


It's the summer of 1987, and James, an uptight recent college grad, can't wait to embark on his dream tour of Europe. But when his parents announce they can no longer subsidize his trip, James has little choice but to take a lowly job at a local amusement park. Lucky for James, what should have been his worst summer ever turns into quite an adventure as he discovers love with a captivating co-worker. Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Martin Starr. R for language, drug use and sexual references/106m/F/Miramax

17 Again

A middle-aged father wakes up to find he's 17 years old again and goes to school to see what his kids' lives are like as one of their peers. Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Katerina Graham, Sterling Knight. PG-13 for language, some sexual material and teen partying/102m/S/Warner Bros.

Observe and Report

Ronnie Barnhardt, head of security for Forest Ridge Mall, seizes an opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale when a flasher hits the mall. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with an equally competitive Police Detective. Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena, Ray Liotta, Jesse Plemons. R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence/86m/S/WB

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