Academy Award Nominee Best Actor (Peter O'Toole). Maurice and his friend Ian are two classy curmudgeons whiling away their hours in coffee shops and at the theater, but their routine is interrupted when Ian's niece's daughter is sent to act as his nurse. Teenage Jessie shows up sullen and pouty, useless to Ian, but Maurice befriends her. Even as Maurice openly expresses the lust she has awakened in him, which she mostly rebuffs, their friendship deepens.
R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity/94m/F/Miramax
Pan's Labyrinth (Laberinto del Fauno)
In Spanish with English subtitles Academy Award Winner Best Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup. A fanciful and chilling story set against the backdrop of a fascist regime in 1944 rural Spain. The film centers on Ofelia, a lonely and dreamy child living with her mother and adoptive father; a military officer tasked with ridding the area of rebels. In her loneliness, Ofelia creates a world filled with fantastic creatures and secret destinies. With post-war repression at its height, Ofelia must come to terms with her world through a fable of her own creation.
R for graphic violence and some language/113m/F/Picturehous
Notes on a Scandal
4 Academy Award Nominations including Best Actress Judi Dench, Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett, Adapted Screenplay, Music. When Sheba Hart joins St. George's as the new art teacher, Barbara Covett senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara becomes the keeper of her secret. "Notes on a Scandal" is a story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love.
R for language and some aberrant sexual content/98m/F/Fox Searchlight
A moving historical epic about the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, born in 1759. It follows his career through his 20s and 30s, as he and his fellow humanitarians make the issue of slavery a talking point, not only in political circles, but throughout England. They wage the first modern political campaign, using petitions, boycotts, mass meetings and even badges with slogans to take their message to the country at large. Directed by Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist", "Coal Miner's Daughter") Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai
PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language/116m/F/IDP
When young Eric O'Neill is promoted from a low-level surveillance job and into the headquarters of the FBI, he's hand-picked to work for reknowned operative Robert Hanssen within a new division created to protect all classified FBI intelligence. But the reason behind his hire soon engages him in a lethal game of spy-versus-spy. Inspired by true events.
PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language/110m/F/Universal
As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues. Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history. Directed by David Fincher ("Seven", "Fight Club") Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney
R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images/158/S/Paramount
A ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale. Directed by Zack Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead"); Screenplay by Zack Snyder, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Rodrigo Santoro
R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity/117m/S/Warner Bros.
Bridge to Terabithia
Fantasy/adventure about a boy who is an outsider at school, as well as in his own family. After training all summer to become the fastest in his middle school class, his goal is thwarted by a new girl who competes in the "boys only" race. But a friendship develops between them, and together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a place filled with fantastic creatures. Based on the Newbery Award winning book by Katherine Paterson. Josh Hutcherson, Annasophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Zooey Deschanel
PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language/96m/F/Buena Vista
Music and Lyrics
Alex is a washed up 80's pop star who works the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when a reigning diva invites him to write and record a duet with her. But he only has days, and he's never written lyrics, just music. Enter Sophie, Alex's quirky plant lady with a flair for words. Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Campbell Scott
PG-13 for some sexual content/98m/S/Warner Bros.
A group of middle-aged friends decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. Taking a long dreamed-of breather from their stressful jobs and family responsibilities, they encounter a world that holds far more than they ever bargained for. The trip challenges their wits and their luck, especially during a chance run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real-life biker gang who are less than amused with their novice approach. John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, Jill Hennessy, Ray Liotta
PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and some violence/100m/S/Buena Vista
Long ago, superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze made a deal with the devil to protect the ones he loved most: His father and his childhood sweetheart. Now, the devil has come for his due. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider... but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons. Forced to do the devil's bidding, Johnny is determined to confront his fate and use his curse and powers to defend the innocent. Based on the Marvel Comics character. Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Peter Fonda
PG-13 for horror violence and disturbing images/114m/S/Sony
A man's life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled "The Number 23". As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 begins to consume him, and he starts to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could ever have imagined. Directed by Joel Schumacher ("Phone Booth", "Phantom of the Opera") Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston, Rhona Mitra
R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality and language/98m/S/New Line