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Capsule reviews of recently released films 

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY (R) A sequel to the indie cult-classic The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day continues the saga of the MacManus brothers who have been hiding out in Ireland.  They return to Boston to avenge the death of a beloved priest. 
FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN 3 stars (R) See review.

GENTLEMAN BRONCOS (PG-13) Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre visits more badly-dressed social misfits in this tale of a home-schooled would be fantasy author (Michael Angarano) who sees the plot of his epic Yeast Lords stolen by a has-been writer (Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords).

PIRATE RADIO Originally titled The Boat that Rocked, this British comedy about a fictitious pirate radio station that broadcasts to the United Kingdom from a ship is hitting American shores.

2012 (PG-13) See review.

(UNTITLED) (R) In A twisted bohemian New York love story avant-garde composer Adrian (Adam Goldberg) and trendy gallery owner Madeleine (Marley Shelton) fall in love. But, they try to keep their relationship a secret because Madeleine's gallery's livelihood depends on Adrian's brother Josh (Eion Bailey), whose popular artwork keeps the gallery standing. 


LOOSE ROPE (NR) See review.
LONELY/TINAR (NR) See review.
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (NR) (1939) This film was one of the most loved films of the 1930s.  Director Frank Capra celebrates American democracy and tells the story of how Mr. Smith pits and innocent James Stewart against corrupt Washington. Free. 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 11. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761.


9 3 stars (PG-13) In a post-apocalyptic city, robotic ragdolls, including inquisitive 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), fight off the remnants of the war machines that destroyed humanity. With so many computer-animated cartoon features devoted to pop-savvy kiddie comedies about talking animals, it's refreshing to see a CGI adventure with a unique vision. Director Shane Acker's vision of jerry-rigged, Rube Goldberg-style inventions and landscapes can be fascinating. That said, 9 is PG-13 for a reason, and may be too intense for little kids and too dark for many adults. It's like Pinocchio vs. Terminator. — Curt Holman

AMELIA 2 stars (PG) Two-time Best Actress Oscar-winner Hilary Swank certainly looks the part as toothy, tomboyish aviatrix Amelia Earhart, playing opposite Richard Gere as Earhart’s publisher, promoter and husband-to-be George Putnam. But, unbelievably, director Mira Nair shows virtually no interest in the excitement of aviation, preferring to focus on Earhart’s love triangle with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor) and her celebrity as a 1930s feminist icon. A beautifully photographed biopic, Amelia generates almost no dramatic interest until the re-creation of the last leg of her final flight. — Holman 

ANTICHRIST 2 stars (NR) Cross your legs – here comes Lars von Trier's notoriously unpleasant art-house curiosity about a pair of grieving parents (Willem Dafoe and Cannes Film Festival best actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg) whose attempt to work through their feelings at a remote cabin called "Eden" ends in violence. Antichrist proves at once impossible to dismiss or take seriously, particularly given the raw yet focused performances of the two actors and the film's vivid images of nature at its most sinister. Von Trier's themes about misogyny seem deliberately over the top, as if he's commenting on his own reputation as a harsh taskmaster of his actresses. – Holman

ASTRO BOY 4 stars (G) When Dr. Tenma’s (Nicolas Cage) son Tobio (Freddie Highmore) meets an unfortunate end, the grief-stricken scientist creates a robotic boy in his son’s image powered by an experimental power source — blue-core energy. Tobio soon learns he’ll never replace his flesh-and-blood predecessor and flees when facing deactivation from his father and war-mongering General Stone (Donald Sutherland). His escape takes the young robot on an action-packed journey where his destiny is ultimately revealed. 

BLACK DYNAMITE 4 stars (R) Mack daddy and one-man killing machine Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) wages a vendetta against jive turkeys who killed his brother and peddled dope to kids. His righteous battles uncover a conspiracy that takes him from the 'hood all the way to "the Honky House." Giving credit where it's due, White's portrayal of Dynamite is effortless and shows a rarely seen comedic side. As the story progresses, the jokes start to get a bit stale, but the film revives itself as it reaches its oddly climactic ending. Although Black Dynamite successfully spoofs the campy essence of blaxploitation films of the '70s, it perfectly balances its riffs as an homage to the badass alpha-male leads and social-message vehicle the genre spawned.— Edward Adams

THE BOX (PG-13) In this horror/thriller based on a 1970s short story by Richard Matheson, a couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) is visited by a stranger with a mysterious box containing a button. The stranger tells them that if they press the button they will receive $1 million dollars but someone they don't know will die. They have one choice to make: Should they press the button and risk the consequences?

THE BOYS ARE BACK (PG-13) Joe Warr (Clive Owen), a wise-cracking sportswriter, finds himself a single parent of two after his wife's tragic death. The three boys must find their way together and learn the graces of everyday life and love.
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