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The September Issue

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Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Andre Leon Talley, Patrick Demarchelier, Oscar De La Renta. PG-13 for brief strong language/89m/F/Roadside Attractions


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

PG-13 for thematic material/131m/F/Regent Releasing


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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

Bright Star

London, 1818 — a secret love affair begins between 23-year-old English poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. When Keats's brother falls ill, John and Fanny are drawn together. Directed by Jane Campion; Starring Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox. PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking/119m/F/Apparition


After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart — known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world destined to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history. Starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor. PG for some sexuality, language, thematic elements and smoking/110m/S/Fox Searchlight

Couples Retreat

Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. 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. PG-13 for sexual content and language/108m/F/Universal

Ashland Street Cinemas

Michael Jackson's "This is It"

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Directed by Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson's creative partner and the director of the stage show. PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images/111/F/Sony

Paranormal Activity

After a young, middle-class couple moves into a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is most active in the middle of the night. Directed by Oren Peli; Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Friedrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer. R for language/99m/F/Paramount Where the Wild Things Are

Max, a rambunctious, sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home, escapes to an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. 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

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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

Law Abiding Citizen

Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward 10 years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt and issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. 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