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BIG BUDGET FILMS
The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13 for violence and disaster images) Keanu Reeves stars in this remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic about an alien who arrives on Earth with an indestructible robot to issue a dire warning for humanity about living in harmony with nature. Ensemble includes Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleeese and Jaden Smith.
Doubt (PG-13 for mature themes) Faith-based drama, set in the Bronx in 1964, about a nun (Meryl Streep) serving as a Catholic school principal who becomes suspicious her parish priest’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman) motivations when he takes a special interest in her first black student (Joseph Foster). Cast includes Viola Davis and Amy Adams.
Nothing Like the Holidays (PG-13 for drug references, mature themes and sexual dialogue) Dysfunctional family comedy about three Puerto Rican siblings (John Leguizamo, Vanessa Ferlito and Freddy Rodriguez) who reunite at their parents’ (Alfred Molina and Elizabeth Pena) home in Chicago for a turbulent Christmas vacation marked by the revelation of a big secret leading to a reordering of life priorities.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Adam Resurrected (R for nudity, sexuality, profanity and disturbing behavior) Jeff Goldblum handles the title role in this psychological drama about a Jewish circus clown from Berlin who survives the Holocaust only to land by 1961 in an Israeli mental institution where he passes the time entertaining fellow concentration camp survivors. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi and Juliane Kohler.
Che (Unrated) Steven Soderbergh directs this 4½-hour bio-pic chronicling the rise and fall of Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) from his orchestrating the overthrow of Batista in Cuba to his demise in the mountains of Bolivia at the direction of the CIA. (In Spanish and English with subtitles)
Dark Streets (R for violence, sexuality and drug use) Crime thriller, set in New Orleans in the Thirties, revolving around the mysterious deaths of people close to a broke nightclub owner (Gabriel Mann) embroiled in a love triangle with a couple of lounge singers (Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko).
Delgo (PG for action violence) Freddie Prinze, Jr. plays the titular character in this animated fantasy about a naïve teenager who intervenes in the longstanding feud between his terrestrial people and a race of winged creatures after he falls in love with the other species’ beautiful princess (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Voice cast includes Lou Gossett, Jr., Kelly Ripa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Burt Reynolds, Sally Kellerman, Val Kilmer, Chris Kattan, Eric Idle and the late Anne Bancroft.