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Everybody's Fine

A widower embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children, only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect. A remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's "Stanno Tutti Bene." Directed by Kirk Jones; Starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language/95m/S/Miramax

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son and their young nephew. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts. He slips back into his old, sneaky chicken-thief ways, endangering his beloved family and the whole animal community. Directed by Wes Anderson; Featuring the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson. Rated PG for action, smoking and slang humor/87m/F/Fox

An Education

It's 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny, dreams of a rarefied existence. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, she can't wait for adult life to begin. Meanwhile, she's a diligent student, excelling in every subject except the Latin that her father is convinced will land her the place she dreams of at Oxford University. One rainy day, her suburban life is upended by the arrival of an unsuitable suitor, 30-ish David. Urbane and witty, he manages to charm her conservative parents. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking/95m/S/Sony Pictures Classics

A Serious Man

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Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolf, Sari Wagner, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin. Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence /105m/F/Focus

Pirate Radio

The story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the '60s, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that preferred jazz. .Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity/116m/S/Focus

Planet 51

Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51, and to his surprise finds that the planet is inhabited by little green people happily living in a white-picket-fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America. Their only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders ... like Chuck! Voice talents of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese. Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor/91m/S/Sony

Ashland Street Cinemas


Capt. Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast, family man married to his high school sweetheart, Grace. Tommy is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his helicopter is shot down. The Cahill family faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility. But Sam is not dead. Captured by Taliban fighters, Sam is subjected to traumas that threaten to rob him of his very humanity. At the same time that Sam's sense of self is being destroyed overseas, Tommy's self-image is strengthening at home. And in the grief and strangeness of their new lives, Grace and Tommy are naturally drawn together. Directed by Jim Sheridan; Starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham. Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/110m/S/Lionsgate

Old Dogs

Two best friends — an unlucky-in-love divorcee and the other a fun-loving bachelor — have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of 6-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Matt Dillon. Rated PG for some mild rude humor/88m/F/Disney

Ninja Assassin

Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. Directed by James McTeigue. Starring Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sho Kosugi, Rick Yune. Rated R for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language /99m/S/Warner Bros. 2012

Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day", "The Day After Tomorrow") directs this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about the world coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar. John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, George Segal. Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language/158m/S/Sony

Twilight Saga: New Moon

Following Bella's ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edward Cullen and his family abandon the town of Forks, Wash., in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. PG-13 for some violence and action/130m/S/Summit

The Blind Side

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Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins. Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references/126m/F/Warner Bros.

A Christmas Carol

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Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes. Rated PG for scary sequences and images/96m/S/Disney