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Unmistaken Child

In English, Hindi and Tibetan

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Directed and written by Nati Baratz. NR/102/F/Oscilloscope

Departures — Japan

In Japanese with English subtitles — Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

Daigo, a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency, only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. PG-13 for thematic material/131m/F/Regent Releasing

Fados — Portgual/Spain

In Portuguese with English subtitles — Nominee Best Documentary European Film Awards

Using Lisbon as a backdrop, Carlos Saura explores Portugal's most emblematic musical genre and its haunting spirit of saudade (melancholy). Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern faudistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colors to frame each song, ranging from a campfire ringed by sinuous dancers to a balletic catfight between two jealous women to a thrilling desgarrada (musical duel) in a fado cafe. The result is a ravishing fusion of cinema, song, dance and instrumental number. Directed by Carlos Saura. Starring Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Camane, Carols do Carmo, Lila Downs, Cesaria Evora. Not rated, sensual dance scenes/92m/F/Zeitgeist

The Invention of Lying

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Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey. PG-13 for language including some sexual material and a drug reference/105m/F/Warner

Julie & Julia

With Julia Child's stern warble always in her ear, Julie Powell eclipses her life's ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance, all centered around cooking. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina. PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality/123m/F/Sony

The Informant!

Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history. Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey. R for language/108m/F/Warner Bros.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Max, a rambunctious, sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home, escapes to an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things long for a leader, just as Max longs to rule. He promises to create a place where everyone will be happy, but finds that relationships there are more complicated than he thought. Based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker. PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language/94m/S/Warner Bros. Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore explores the current global economic meltdown, taking a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in "the biggest robbery in the history of this country" — the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions. Directed, written and starring Michael Moore. R for some language/127m/S/Overture

Couples Retreat

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Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jean Reno. PG-13 for sexual content and language/108m/F/Universal


A horror-comedy focusing on two men who have found ways of surviving in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin. R for zombie horror violence/gore and language/88m/S/Sony

Law Abiding Citizen

Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward 10 years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt, and issues a warning: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Viola Davis. R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language/122m/S/Overture

The Stepfather

Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As he gets to know him, Michael becomes suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams, or is David hiding a dark side? Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Sherry Stringfield, Jon Tenney, Paige Turco, Amber Heard. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality/102m/S/Sony

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