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Avatar (12)

Sci-fi, Action / 162 / English

In this film set in 2145, ex-marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who is paralyzed from the waist down, is recruited by a corporation on Earth and sent to the far-off planet of Pandora to work with botanist Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) as part of the Avatar program. The program involves the creation of an “avatar,” a remotely controlled biological hybrid that is genetically engineered from human DNA mixed with DNA from the Na’vi, the native, humanoid population on Pandora.

By inhabiting his avatar body, to which he can have his consciousness linked, Jake is able to walk again. He is then told to infiltrate the Na’vi community to take a precious mineral believed to be the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis.

Along the way, Jake falls in love with a female Na’vi, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and becomes part of their community. This leads him to become entangled in an epic battle against his own people, the humans who are trying to colonize the world he has grown to love.

In the Electric Mist (15)

Drama, Mystery / 105 / English

In Iberia Parish, Detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) is investigating the murder of a young woman and has a chance encounter with a pair of Hollywood stars - Elrod Sykes (Peter Sarsgaard) and his girlfriend Kelly Drummond (Kelly Macdonald) - who are in town to film a Civil War movie. Robicheaux pulls Elrod over for drunk driving and starts to arrest him when Elrod, objecting to being sent to jail, tells Dave of a decayed corpse that he and Kelly had found up in the swamp. When Robicheaux goes to investigate he remembers a murder he had witnessed as a teenager where a chained prisoner was shot in the swamp and disappeared into the bog. The discovery launches a string of events connected to several recent murders in the area, mostly of young runaways and prostitutes. The clues seem to point to Julius “Baby Feet” Balboni (John Goodman), a former friend of Robicheaux whose ties to the Mafia had caused the two to drift apart and become enemies.

Red Like The Sky (NR)

Drama / 96 / Italian

This film is inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci (Luca Capriotti), one of the most gifted Italian sound editors working today, who also happens to be blind. The story is set in a small village in Tuscany in 1971. Mencacci is a bright, lively 10-year-old and crazy about the movies - especially Westerns and adventure films. His father, an incurable idealist, is a truck driver. One day, while Mirco is playing with an old rifle, the gun accidentally goes off and the boy is shot in the head. He survives, but loses his sight. At the time, Italian law viewed blind people as handicapped, and did not permit them to attend public school. Hence, young Mirco’s parents are forced to shut their son up in a school for the blind: the David Chiossone Institute in Genoa.

Just Friends? (18)

Melodrama, Romance / 30 / Korean

This film tells the story of a young couple in love - with a twist. Min-soo (Seo Ji-hu) is on leave from the military and goes to visit his boyfriend Seok-yi (Lee Je-hun). But while they are out on the town, they run into Min-soo’s mother and when she asks about their relationship, Min-soo replies the two are “just friends.” Making things more complicated, Min-soo’s mother ends up sleeping between them that night. The film unfolds with the unexpected things that begin to happen to them from there.

The Actresses (12)

Drama / 104 / Korean

Six actresses from different generations come together for a fashion magazine shoot on Christmas Eve. The actresses, who are accustomed to having the spotlight all to themselves, must now work together, but can they?

Tension, insecurities, and jealousy develop among these actresses, who all play themselves in the film, which is a mixture of fact and fiction. We see Yoon Yeo-jeong wonder if she is a last-minute replacement; Choi Ji-woo arrives late and receives an icy glare from Ko Hyeon-jeong; and Kim Ok-vin admires Kim Min-hee’s outfit, but can’t fit into her dress.

Julie & Julia (12)

Drama / 122 / English

Based on two true stories, “Julie & Julia” intermingles the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, face challenges until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Director-screenwriter Nora Ephron’s comedy, merges two stories in recalling the cooking expertise of renowned chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and its influence on a modern American blogger (Amy Adams), who aims to re-create all of the recipes in Child’s book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

These synopses were culled from http://www.imdb.com and http://movie.naver.com.
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