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UP IN THE AIR 4 stars (R) George Clooney’s corporate hatchet man spends more than 100 days a year on the road and prefers the VIP treatment of air travel and hotels — not to mention consequence-free trysts — to earthbound responsibilities. In Jason Reitman’s witty dramedy, Clooney’s role learns the value of human connections through his sister’s impending wedding, his relationship with a sexy fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga) and his mentorship to a young company woman (Anna Kendrick). Up in the Air captures the zeitgeist of recessionary layoffs and empty corporate culture, and though the narrative arc holds few surprises, it’s a first-class trip all the way. — Holman

WILLIAM KUNTSLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE (NR) William Kuntsler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. Through representing clients such as the Rev. Marin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Abbie Hoffman, he become “the most hated and most loved lawyer in America.” In this film, his daughters Emily and Sarah take a crack at telling the true story of their father’s life.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA 3 stars (PG) Jean-Marc Vallée's tame, tasteful biopic depicts Queen Victoria's rise to he throne as a naive but strong-minded teenager. The film tries to balance gender politics with an almost fairytale-level love story between star-crossed teenagers, Victoria (Emily Blunt) and Albert (Rupert Friend), but finds only modest levels of drama along the way. Nevertheless, the cast includes such pros as Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent, Paut Bettany and Miranda Richardson, and nobody does royal pomp like the British. — Holman

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