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Ghost Town

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow, Gwen. Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Kristen Wiig, Tea Leoni, Billy Campbell. PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references/103m/F/Paramount

Man on Wire

On Aug. 7 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century." PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, and drug references/93m/F/Magnolia

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two young American women, Vicky and Cristina come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina is emotionally and sexually adventurous. In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio, a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena. Set against the luscious Mediterranean sensuality of Barcelona. Directed and written by Woody Allen. Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, Chris Messina, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn. PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and smoking/97m/F/MGM

Bottle Shock

Based on a true story, "Bottle Shock" chronicles events leading up to the famous 'Judgment of Paris' tastings, told through the lives of father and son, Jim and Bo Barrett. A former real estate attorney, Jim sacrificed everything to realize his dream of creating the perfect hand-crafted chardonnay. His business, however, is struggling, and he's trying to overcome differences with his slacker son while fighting off creditors. Meanwhile, in Paris, an unwitting British wine shop owner hopes to revive his own failing business by sponsoring a competition which will pit the traditional French powerhouse against the California upstarts. Little did anyone realize they were on course to change the history of wine forever. Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Miguel Sandoval. PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of drug use/103m/S/Freestyle

Frozen River

An upstate New York trailer mom is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, she reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two make runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal immigrants in the trunk of her car. Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O'Keefe, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Jr. R for some language/98m/F/Sony Pictures Classics

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Burn After Reading

An ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Francis McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins. R for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking/95mF/Focus

The Women

Mary is a clothing designer who seems to have it all. Her best friend, Sylvie, is a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine. But when Mary's husband enters into an affair with a sultry 'spritzer girl' lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, Mary and Sylvie's friendship is tested to the breaking point, while their circle of friends all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships. Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Candace Bergen, Debrqa Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith. PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking/114mk/F/Picturehouse

Igor

A twist on the classic monster movie, "Igor" tells the story of a hunchback who's sick of being a lowly lab assistant with a "Yes Master's" degree, and who dreams of becoming a scientist. When his cruel master kicks the bucket a week before the annual Evil Science Fair, he gets his chance. Voice talents of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno. PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language/86m/F/MGM

My Best Friend's Girl

When guys get dumped, they hire Tank — a master at seducing women — to take their ex-girlfriends out on the worst date of their lives, an experience so horrible it sends them running gratefully back to their beaus. When Tank's best friend is dumped by his new girlfriend, Tank offers to help out...and ends up meeting the first girl who knows how to call his bluff. Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs. R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use/103m/F/Lionsgate

Righteous Kill

A pair of veteran New York City police detectives are on the trail of a vigilante serial killer. After 30 years as partners, highly decorated. Detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement. But before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, 50 Cent, Donnie Wahlberg, Carla Gugino. R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use/101m/S/Overture

Mamma Mia!

Film adaptation of the musical based on the music of ABBA. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends to Sophie's wedding. And Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own, three men from Donna's past, any one of whom could be Sophie's father. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Waters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski. PG-13 for some sex related comments/109m/S/Universal

Tropic Thunder

An unlikely group of self-absorbed actors working on location in a big-budget, epic war film find themselves stuck in a real war-like situation. Directed and co-written by Ben Stiller. Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan. R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material/108m/S/Paramount