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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

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

Two Lovers

Leonard is a charismatic but troubled young man who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. Recovering under the watchful eye of his parents, Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision — between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love — or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him. Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas, Moni Moshonov. R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use/110m/S/Magnolia

Last Chance Harvey

New Yorker Harvey Shine is on the verge of losing his job. He goes to London to attend his daughter's wedding, promising to be back on Monday morning or else. In London he learns his daughter has chosen her stepfather to walk her down the aisle instead of him. Devastated, he leaves the wedding in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane. Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey meets Kate, a slightly prickly, 40-something woman whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another's lives. Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Baker, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Eileen Atkins, Richard Schiff. PG-13 for brief strong language/99m/S/Overture

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Watchmen

See review, Page 11

Starring Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Malin Akerman. R for graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language/162m/S/Warner Bros.

Coraline

Coraline, bored in her Ashland home, 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, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world — and save her family. Animated. Directed by Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas). 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

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.

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

Race to Witch Mountain

A secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings, is called Witch Mountain. When a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure to save the world. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Cheech Marin. PG for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic element99m/S/Disney

Last House on the Left

Mari and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari's only hope is to make it back to her parents' remote lakehouse. When her attackers unknowingly seek shelter there, and her family learns the horrifying story, the three strangers will curse the day they came to "The Last House on the Left." Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome, Aaron Paul. R for sadistic brutal violence including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use/109m/F/Universal