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Waltz with Bashir

Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two men conclude there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world, needing to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content/90m/F/Sony Pictures Classics

Slumdog Millionaire

Winner of 8 Academy Awards 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. 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

Winner of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Actor Sean Penn 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

Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects

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

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Coraline

See review, Page 11.

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

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

Academy Award Winner, Best Actress Kate Winslet

"The Reader" opens in post-World War II 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.

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

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

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.

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