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TULPAN (NR) Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, the first narrative feature from Kazakh documentary filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy offers a coming-of-age story in which a young man attempts to prove his worth as both a husband and a shepherd.

UP 5 stars (PG) An elderly widower (voiced by Ed Asner) uses zillions of balloons to take his house on airborne adventure, unwittingly bringing a pesky boy scout (Jordan Nagai) along for the ride. Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter helms Pixarís latest masterpiece, which begins with an achingly lovely montage of a marriage and builds to a rousing adventure story that combines Jules Verne, Indiana Jones and some of the most hilarious dog jokes every put on film. Plus, the instantly-iconic image of the floating house accumulates considerable richness as a metaphor for life and memory. — Holman

YEAR ONE 3 stars (PG-13) This cavecore buddy comedy from director Harold Ramis and producer Judd Apatow pits hunter Zed (Jack Black) and gatherer Oh (Michael Cera) against the ancient world. After Zed tastes the fruit of the tree of knowledge (and inadvertently sets fire to his primitive village), the pair embarks on a quest to find the meaning of life, and rescue a couple of bangin' cave chicks. The film's replete with Old Testament references, from Cain and Abel (played by David Cross and Paul Rudd, respectively) to Sodom and Gomorrah, not to mention penis jokes and elaborate hair and wardrobe changes.

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