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Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutler does for fashion what he did for politics in "The War Room," taking the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people can't wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling 13 million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. An intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the passionate people at its heart. Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Andre Leon Talley, Patrick Demarchelier, Oscar De La Renta. PG-13 for brief strong language/89m/F/Roadside Attractions

Unmistaken Child

In English, Hindi and Tibetan

The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most Westerners to grasp. "Unmistaken Child" follows the 4-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk's devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of 7), to search for his master's reincarnation. Tenzin sets off on this unforgettable quest on foot, mule and even helicopter, through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen, ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama so that he can make the final decision. Stunningly shot, this film is a beguiling, surprising, touching, even humorous experience. Directed and written by Nati Baratz. NR/102/F/Oscilloscope

Departures — Japan

In Japanese with English subtitles — Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

Daigo, a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency, only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. PG-13 for thematic material/131m/F/Regent Releasing


A horror-comedy focusing on two men who have found ways of surviving in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin. R for zombie horror violence/gore and language/88m/S/Sony

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore explores the current global economic meltdown, taking a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in "the biggest robbery in the history of this country" — the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions. Directed, written and starring Michael Moore. R for some language/127m/S/Overture

Ashland Street Cinemas

Where the Wild Things Are

See review, Page 11

Based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker. PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language/94m/S/Warner Bros. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

When a vampire turns 14-year-old Darren into something, well, bloodthirsty, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady and a gigantic barker. As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. Directed by Paul Weitz; Starring Josh Hutcherson, Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe, Jane Krakowski. PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language/109m/S/Universal

Astro Boy

Astro Boy, a young robot created by a brilliant scientist, is endowed with super strength, X-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Encountering many colorful characters on his journey in search of acceptance, he learns the joys and emotions of being human. Finding out his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his super powers and returns home in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about. Featuring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson. PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language/94m/S/Summit

Couples Retreat

Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. One couple is there to work on their marriage, the other three to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jean Reno. PG-13 for sexual content and language/108m/F/Universal

Law Abiding Citizen

See review, Page 14

Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Viola Davis. R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language/122m/S/Overture

The Stepfather

See review, Page 14

Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Sherry Stringfield, Jon Tenney, Paige Turco, Amber Heard. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, mature thematic material and brief sensuality/102m/S/Sony