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THE UNINVITED (PG-13) A creepy ghost and mean parents await a young girl when she returns from treatment at a mental hospital.
VALKYRIE 2 stars (PG-13) Tom Cruise dons a much-maligned eye-patch to play wounded German Col. Claus von Stauffenberg who led a coup and assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler in the waning months of World War II. Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer creates an effective mood of paranoia as the conspirators (including Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy) seek allies for their treasonous plan. Despite some heist-style thrills -- the film coul be called Das Mission Impossible -- the characters remain too one-dimensional for audiences to invest much emotion in their fates. -- Holman
WALTZ WITH BASHIR 4 stars (R) Ari Folman, a filmmaker and veteran of the Lebanon War of the early 1980s, interviews his former comrades-in-arms to examine his puzzling absence of memories about the conflict. The animated documentary alternates between realistically rendered conversations and embellished war-time re-creations, some of which suggest a hallucinatory mix of American Vietnam movie and 1960s underground comics. The audience can't help but associate the Lebanese conflict with the recent fighting in Gaza, suggesting that even those who remember the mistakes of history may be doomed to repeat them. An Oscar nominee (and Golden Globe winner) for Best Foreign Language Film. -- Holman
WENDY AND LUCY 3 stars (R) Michelle Williams (Heath Ledger's widow) plays Wendy, a drifting young woman traveling cross-country with a loveable mutt named Lucy. When Wendyís car breaks down in a small town, her lack of funds and bad decisions push her more deeply into desperation in a timely portrayal of living in America with no financial cushion. Director Kelly Reichardt translates the spirit and subject matter of Italian neo-realist films like The Bicycle Thief while still giving the film a unique voice. -- Holman
WERE THE WORLD MINE (Not rated) A lonely teenager uses a magical potion to turn much of his hometown gay in this lighthearted musical.
YES MAN 3 stars (PG-13) After an encounter with a "self-empowerment" guru (Terence Stamp), a noncommittal loan officer (a more modulated Jim Carrey) vows to answer "yes" to every question and opportunity life offers, leading to preposterous situations as well as romance with free-spirited musician (Zooey Deschanel). Yes Man runs low on ideas in its last act and finds little support from Bradley Cooper as Carrey's bland buddy, but otherwise offers minor charms and a genuinely positive message about living life to the fullest, like a lesser version of The 40 Year-Old Virgin. -- Holman
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