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Slumdog Millionaire

Ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Music

Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai (Bombay), is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" But police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Directed by Danny Boyle. ("Trainspotting", "Millions"); Starring Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan. R for some violence, disturbing images and language/121m/S/Fox Searchlight

Frost/Nixon

Five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay

The behind-the-scenes and on air story of the electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon selected Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman. A charged battle of wits ensued, with each man revealing his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity — a stunning display of unvarnished truth. Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay by Peter Morgan. Based on the Stageplay by Peter Morgan. Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfayden, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell. R for language/122m/S/Universal

Milk

Eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay

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Directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting"). Starring Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, Eric Stoltz. R for language, some sexual content and brief violence/128m/F/Focus

The Wrestler

Two Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use/110m/S/Fox Searchlight

Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

A man is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. Set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, we follow a journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. It is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time. Adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Directed by David Fincher ("Fight Club", "Se7en"). Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton. PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking/166m/S/Paramount

International

Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, an Interpol agent and a Manhattan DA are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Following the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing — even murder — to continue financing terror and war. Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brian F. O'Byrne. R for some sequences of violence and language/122m/S/Sony

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Push

The Division, a shadowy government agency, is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors — and brutally disposing of those unwilling to participate. Nick, a telekinetic or "mover," has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father. He's forced out of hiding when a 13-year-old clairvoyant or "watcher," seeks his help in finding an escaped "pusher" who may hold the key to ending the Division's program. Pushers possess the most dangerous of all psychic powers: the ability to influence others' actions by implanting thoughts in their minds. Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff, Scott Michael Campbell. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking /111m/S/Summit

Coraline

Coraline, bored in her Victorian home in Ashland, finds a secret door and discovers a parallel reality eerily similar to her real life — only much better. But when this "perfect" world turns dangerous, and her "other" parents try to trap her forever, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world — and save her family. Directed by Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas). Animated. Featuring the voice talents of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane. PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor/100m/F/Focus

Pink Panther 2

The world's most valuable treasures are being stolen, and Chief Inspector Dreyfus is assembling a team of international experts and detectives to track down the thief and recover the missing artifacts. The latest addition to the crack team is the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin, John Cleese. PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action/93m/F/Sony

He's Just Not That Into You

A group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty and thirty-somethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life. Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin Long. PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language/132m/S/Warner Bros.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Rebecca is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can't quite get a break until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future. Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb, Fred Armisen. PG for some mild language and thematic elements/105m/S/Disney

Taken

When his daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy sets out to find her. Using his special skills, he tracks down and launches a one-man war to bring the ruthless gang that abducted her to justice and rescue his daughter. Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Katie Cassidy, Goran Kostic. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language/91m/S/Fox