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Little Children

3 Academy Award Nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Kate Winslet), Supporting Actor (Jackie Earle Haley). Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Field teams with novelist Tom Perrotta to adapt Perrotta's acclaimed novel concerning the suburban malaise experienced by a handful of small-town individuals whose intersecting lives converge in a variety of surprising, and sometimes ominous, ways. Sarah is a suburban outsider who, unlike the other playground moms, isn't afraid to approach the dreamy but long-absent father whom smitten housewives have taken to calling the "Prom King." An English literature major who never envisioned a fate as a soccer mom, Sarah has a growing dissatisfaction with her successful husband that parallels Brad's increasing frustration with his inability to pass the bar and connect with his wife, a successful documentary filmmaker. Meanwhile, the community is riled by the return of a convicted sex offender. Directed by Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Noah Emmerich, Jackie Earle Haley, Gregg Edelman, Sarah Buxton

R for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content/137m/S/New Line

Amazing Grace

A moving historical epic about the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, born in 1759. It follows his career through his 20's and 30's, 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

Venus 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. Peter O'Toole, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker Directed by Roger Michell ("Notting Hill")

R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity/94m/F/Miramax


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

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. Directed by Richard Eyre ("Stage Beauty") Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Phil Davis, Michael Maloney, Juno Temple, Max Lewis

R for language and some aberrant sexual content/98m/F/Fox Searchlight


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. Directed and written by Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Caroline Dhavernas, Gary Cole, Kathleen Quinlan

PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language/110m/F/Universal


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.

Music and Lyrics

Alex is a washed up 80s 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.


Linda has the perfect life until the day she receives the devastating news that her husband Jim has died in a car accident. When she wakes the next morning to find him alive and well, she assumes it was all a dream. But she soon realizes it wasn't a dream, and she begins a race against time and fate to try and preserve everything she and Jim have built together. Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Kate Nelligan, Amber Valletta, Peter Stormare

PG-13 for some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language/97m/S/Sony

Wild Hogs

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

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

Number 23

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

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. Directed and written by Guillermo del Toro ("Chronos", "Hellboy") Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdu, Alex Angul

R for graphic violence and some language/113m/F/Picturehouse