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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.

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.

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

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum, from senior citizens to union workers. But as another newly elected supervisor, Dan White, and Milk's political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

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

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. He lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. When his health forces him into retirement, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, and striking up a romance with a stripper. Yet the allure of the ring and his passion for his art threatens to pull "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling

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 backward. 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

The International

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Starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brian F. O'Byrne. R for some sequences of violence and language/122m/S/Columbia

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Doubt

Five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, and Adapted Screenplay.

After Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to a student, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck") adapted his own play for the screen and directs Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis. PG-13 for thematic material/104m/F/Miramax

The Reader

Five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography

"The Reader" opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, when Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life — this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara. R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity/123m/F/Weinstein Co.

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

Pink Panther 2

The latest bumblings of 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

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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

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,

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