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2008. 8.15 NOW PLAYING

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (15)

Sci-Fi, Mystery / 104 min. / English

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Jellyfish (12)

Drama / 78 min. / French, Hebrew

“Jellyfish” paints a cinematic picture of modern life through the eyes of three very different women living in Tel Aviv. The three, Batya (Sara Adler), Keren (Noa Knoller) and Joy (Ma-nenita De Latorre), all lead separate lives but end up crossing paths in surprising ways. Batya, a glum waitress prone to bouts of depression, meets a 5-year-old girl lost in the beach. The lost girl, who seems to be the “jellyfish” of the title with her flotation tube, stirs memories in Batya’s consciousness of her childhood, a time when being happy didn’t seem so difficult. Keren, meanwhile, ends up breaking her leg on her wedding day and has to spend her honeymoon close to home. Joy is a Filipino worker who wants to be taking care of babies, but instead gets stuck having to look after a nasty old woman. Their stories intertwine in this drama about the little things in everyday life that make the difference between happiness and misery.

Noodle (All)

Drama / 97 min. / Hebrew

Miri (Mili Avital) is a twice-widowed flight attendant who is asked, after a tiring flight one afternoon, to babysit the son of her Chinese next-door neighbor for an hour. But the mother disappears, and Miri later finds out she has been deported. Forced to look after the kid, who can’t speak Hebrew, Miri nicknames the boy “Noodle” because he loves noodles. Miri finds herself going to great lengths to help reunite him with his mother.

This heartwarming tale delves into cultural clashes, language barriers and the plight of foreign workers in Israel, all the while maintaining a sense of humor.

CJ7 (All)

Comedy, Sci-Fi / 88 min. / Chinese

Stephen Chow (of “Kung Fu Hustle” fame) writes, directs and stars in this kids’ movie that also aims to keep the adults entertained.

A poor dad, Ti (Stephen Chow), is trying his best to keep his son in private school. His son, Dicky (Jiao Xu), tries to be cool at school, but has trouble getting on with the rich kids. Everyone is getting a pet robot called CJ1, and Dicky begs his father to get one for him. Unable to afford it, Ti heads to the junkyard to see if he can find something that will make his son happy, and finds a mysterious green ball. Now Dicky has the coolest toy in school, but when it turns out to be an alien with special powers, crazy things start to happen to Dicky and Ti.

WALL-E (All)

Animation / 98 min./ English

The last survivor on an abandoned Earth, waste lifter robot WALL-E has no idea he holds the key to the future of the planet. Sexy search robot Eve comes charging into the picture, however, and throws WALL-E’s life of collecting trinkets from the trash into disarray. The little robot finds himself chasing the apple of his eye all the way across the universe as she heads back to tell her bosses, the humans, what she has found on the planet they are waiting to return to.

The Dark Knight (12)

Action, Crime / 152 min./ English

Gotham City has a new class of criminal, The Joker (Heath Ledger), a heinous villain who plots to wreak havoc in Batman’s hometown. His prime targets are two very different, yet public, figures: new district attorney and ultimate do-gooder Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and, of course, Batman (Christian Bale).

In Dent, Batman sees hope of retiring from his superhero ways of settling down with his longtime squeeze, Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). But The Joker sees to it that Dent’s plans of cleaning up the city are dashed, along with Batman’s hopes of leaving the public eye.

This epic superhero movie is the sequel to director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” set in a grim Gotham quite different from Tim Burton’s carnivalesque 1989 original.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (12)

Adventure / 111 min. / English

It has been more than 2,000 years since Emperor Han (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors were entombed in clay and became a terra-cotta army, thanks to a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). The O’Connells, a pair of explorers, are called to help the Shanghai Archaeology Museum and accidentally find the long-forgotten ruins of the empire. The family is once again thrown into danger when Rick’s bold son Alex (Luke Ford) rouses the emperor from his slumber. Awake and now furious, the emperor threatens the world in his quest for world domination. Young Alex seeks help from his parents, the only ones who can put up a fight against the dead.

The Last Mistress (R)

Drama, Romance / 109 min. / French

Marigny (Fu’ad Ait Aattou) has all that it takes to be a true French socialite Casanova: intoxicating looks and extraordinary talent in art. As he is heading for marriage into the royal family of Hermangarde, he decides to put an end to his relationship with his mistress, a Spanish dancer named Vellini (Asia Argento). The wedding nears, and members of the Hermangarde family start to express their doubts about Marigny. One elderly family member strongly encourages the match, but probes Marigny’s past with Vellini. After a splendid wedding, Marigny and his new wife leave Paris to enjoy a peaceful life in a quiet beach town - until an appearance by Vellini gets in the way.
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