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Sex and the City (R)

Romantic Comedy / 148 min. / English

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The Eye (15)

Drama, Thriller / 96 min. / English

Concert violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) has been blind since she was 5, when an accident involving a firecracker damaged her corneas. Now that she is in her mid-20s, Wells is getting an eye transplant to get her sight back. After the operation is done, everything seems fine as her sight slowly returns. However, the happy moments don’t last long.

She begins to see horrifying visions of the dead that are invisible to others. Scared that she is losing her sanity, Wells goes to Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) and asks for his help. To save herself, Wells and Faulkner travel down to Mexico to find the donor of the corneas and unravel a horrible mystery.

Kung Fu Panda (All)

Animation, Comedy, Family / 92 min. / English

In this animated film, Po the Panda (Jack Black) is the biggest slacker among all his animal friends. He’s a chronic underachiever who spends his days waiting tables at a noodle restaurant while dreaming about kung fu, his only true passion. One day, as he’s making deliveries, the rotund Po runs into the town’s renowned prophet Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), who tells Po that he is the chosen one who can save their town from powerful and dangerous enemies. Once he hears this prophecy, Po knows he has a rough road of rigorous kung fu training ahead of him. But can his martial arts mentors turn this roly-poly panda into a hero?

I’m Not There (15)

Biopic, Drama, Music / 135 min. / English

Director and writer Todd Haynes presents this atypical, hotly anticipated Bob Dylan biopic, “I’m Not There,” through six different characters: a gifted African-American child (Marcus Carl Franklin) who’s assumed the alias “Woody Guthrie” (like the singer); dulcet-toned folk artist/activist Jack Rollins (Christian Bale); Robbie Clark (the late Heath Ledger), the actor who plays Rollins in a film; Arthur Rimbaud (Ben Whishaw), a dour teen in an interrogation; Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett), most recognizably Dylan in his post-folk heyday; and Billy the Kid (Richard Gere), an odd hermit farmer.

The film, which crosses decades, movements and genres, incorporates the songs by one of America’s greatest rock stars into its multifaceted story. Like Dylan himself, I’m Not There is impossible to pin down.

We Own the Night (R)

Crime, Drama / 117 min. / English

In the late-1980s, newly named New York Police Captain Joe Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix), his sexy, freewheeling brother, increasingly find themselves at odds. Bobby seems to live in a haze of flashing lights, pot smoke, lines of cocaine and continuous Blondie songs, punctuated by routine hanky-panky with his exotic Puerto Rican girlfriend Amada (Eva Mendes). Joe’s life, on the other hand, consists of tacky buffet dinners, a modest home and his three kids and wife. Joe’s only notable attribute is his insatiable desire to cleanse New York’s streets, a calling that motivates him to stage a huge drug bust in Bobby’s club. Such tenacity in policing New York, however, leads only to a tragic vendetta against the Grusinskys, which pushes Bobby to seeking redemption through police work.

What Happens in Vegas (15)

Romantic Comedy / 98 min. / English

When Joy (Cameron Diaz) gets dumped by her boyfriend, she goes on vacation to Las Vegas. She’s after dancing and drunken debauchery, and that’s exactly what she gets ? only to wake up in the morning after next to a total stranger, Jack (Ashton Kutcher). Even worse, it turns out they’ve gotten married during their boozy rampage. To further complicate matters, one has won a huge jackpot in a casino with the other’s quarter. How will this hapless couple get out of this bind?

88 Minutes (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller / 106 min. / English

One day, Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino), a college professor and forensic psychiatrist working with FBI criminal investigations, gets an enigmatic phone call saying that he will die in 88 minutes. Gramm figures out that the caller knows exactly where he is and is also someone who knows him well. Gramm’s colleague, Shelly (Amy Brenneman); FBI agent Frank (William Forsythe); and his admiring student, Kim Cummings (Alicia Witt), add more mysterious tension to the film. Can Gramm use his psychiatry skills to analyze his would-be killer before his time runs out?

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (12)

Action, Adventure / 121 min. / English

This time around, Harrison Ford’s brilliant archeologist-cum-action hero Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, finds himself held hostage by the KGB, led by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), a brilliant scientist who purports to have psychic powers. With characteristic cunning, Dr. Jones manages to get away, but then finds himself ensnared in yet another adventure.
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