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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (12)

Romance, Fantasy, Drama / 166 min. / English

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He’s Just Not That Into You (15)

Romance, Comedy / 129 min. / English

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Doubt (15)

Drama / 104 min. / English

A strict, well-disciplined Catholic school is going through major changes following political upheaval in society in 1964.

They start by accepting their first black student, Donald Miller. However, as Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) shows Donald special attention, Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) doubts that their relationship is appropriate.

Although her instincts tell her she is right, she has no proof. But her determination to get to the truth pits her in a battle of wills with Father Flynn, threatening to tear the entire community apart.

This movie, originally a play that won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards, has been nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting, best supporting actor (Hoffman) and best actress (Streep).

The Tale of Despereaux (All)

Family, Animation, Adventure / 93 min. / English

In the kingdom of Dor, a virtuous mouse, Despereaux, with strangely big ears, refuses to live as a normal mouse according to the rules of his society.

He becomes friends with the princess Pea, who teaches him not to eat books but to read them. As he reads the stories of chivalry, he decides to become a hero.

When Pea is kidnapped by sinister rats who despise humans, Despereaux rises to the occasion, embarking on a quest to rescue her.

Seven Pounds (15)

Drama / 123 min. / English

Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who has lost everything because of one mistake he’s made in the past.

The guilt never goes away and he feels that the only way to redeem himself is to change the destiny of seven people.

Ben’s terrible secret leads him on an extraordinary journey in which he struggles to change their lives.

Then he falls in love with Emily (Rosario Dawson), making him confused as to whether to continue his journey or not.

Will his feelings for Emily unravel his plans to help the seven people? And what will they say when they find out Ben’s secret?

This movie is directed by the producers of “The Pursuit of Happyness”.

Reservation Road (12)

Drama, Thriller / 104 min. / English

The lives of Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix) and his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly) are torn apart when their son Josh (Sean Curly) is killed after a cello recital in a hit-and-run at a gas station on Reservation Road.

The driver, Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo), is driving his son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) back to his ex-wife after a Red Sox game. In a panic after striking Josh, Dwight drives off.

A lawyer by trade, he conceals his car from the prying eyes of investigating cops, and the case eventually goes cold. Consumed with guilt, especially after Ethan shows up at his office seeking legal counsel in dealing with his son’s death, Dwight prepares to turn himself in and lose the love of his son.

Changeling (18)

Drama / 141 min. / English

This movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on a true story.

In 1928, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie), a single mother living in Los Angeles, returns from work to find that her only son, Walter, is missing.

As the LA Police Department bungles the case, Christine worries herself sick over the next five months until the police say they’ve found Walter.

The police have in fact found a boy, but it’s not Walter - this is all too evident to Christine once she sets eyes on the changeling. But when Christine voices her doubts about the fake Walter, the police are quick to label her insane.

With the assistance of a local clergyman, Gustav Brigleb (John Malkovich), Christine seeks to prove her sanity and find her real son.

Inkheart (All)

Adventure, Fantasy / 106 min. / English

Nine years earlier, Mo’s (Brendan Fraser) special talent for bringing characters in books to life releases the villains from “Inkheart,” Capricorn and Basta, and Dustfinger, the fire eater, into the world. While these characters escape from the pages, Mo’s wife vanishes into the book that Capricorn’s army then take. Mo and his daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), embark on a quest to find Inkheart, and thus his wife.

During the journey, he learns of Capricorn’s plan to destroy the world by bringing Shadow, the evil one, to life. What will Mo do to return them into the story?

Alpha Dog (18)

Drama, Crime / 113 min. / English

Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) is an 18-year-old ready to succeed his father (Bruce Willis) as an underworld business figure.

He hangs out with his own posse, including Frankie (Justin Timberlake), and sells drugs for a living. When Truelove’s client Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster) fails to pay off his debts, Truelove kidnaps his 15-year-old brother, Zack (Anton Yelchin). Meanwhile, while Frankie builds a friendship with Zack, Jake plots a sinister revenge.

In the ricochet of attacks between them, Truelove finds himself in greater danger than he had ever thought possible. He had thought himself the toughest man on the streets, but now he hides in order to avoid the new underworld threat.

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