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Starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language/133m/S/Warner Bros.

Precious

Lee Daniels's "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones, a 16-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father. She must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret — she can neither read nor write. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with a sense that other possibilities exist for her. When she is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz. Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language/109m/F/Lionsgate.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

A successful Manhattan couple witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The feds whisk away the Morgans from New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely ... unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion. Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss. PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence/104m/S/Sony

Paris

The director of "L'Auberge Espangole" gathers together some of the biggest actors in French cinema for a valentine to the city of lights. While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre grows close again with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre a new, hopeful sense of how he might spend the time still left to him. A cinematic love letter to the city that seems to hide a story behind every shop window, small alley, street market or grand apartment building, the film explores the life and love possible only in "Paris." Directed and written by Cedric Klapish; Starring Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, François Cluzet. Rated R for language and some sexual references/130m/S/IFC Films

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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

Ashland Street Cinemas

Avatar

In conventional 2-D

Jake Sully is a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Bitter and disillusioned, he's still a warrior at heart. He finds something worth fighting for on a distant world. He's recruited to join an expedition to the moon Pandora, which corporate interests are strip-mining for a valuable mineral. They use a link system that projects a person's consciousness into a hybrid of humans and Pandora's indigenous humanoids. This human-Na'vi hybrid — resembling the Na'vi but possessing the individual human's thoughts, feelings and personality — is known as an "avatar." Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi. Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking/162m/S/Fox

The Princess and the Frog

An animated musical about a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Featuring the voice talents of Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, Oprah Winfrey. Rated G/95m/F/Disney

Brothers

Captain 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. Starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham. Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/110m/S/Lionsgate

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

A homeless African-American youngster from a broken home is taken in by a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential on and off the football field. At the same time, his presence in their lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. As a football player and student, the teen works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. The remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher. 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.