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HALLOWEEN (R) Musician and writer/director of the latest Halloween chapter, Rob Zombie promises new thrills as he revisits Michael Myers' horror story that began in 1978.
THE HEARTBREAK KID (R) The Farrelly brothers' latest film finds single and indecisive Eddie (Ben Stiller) pressured into proposing marriage to the sexy Lila after dating for one week. On their honeymoon he meets the true woman of his dreams and strives to win her over while dealing with his increasingly awful new wife.
HITMAN (NR) Gun-for-hire Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is hired by a group to kill targets for cash. Xavier Gens directs.
IMAX THEATER The Alps Follow John Harlin III in MacGillivray Freeman's visually breathtaking documentary as he attempts to climb the same summit that proved fatal to his father 40 years ago. -- Holman
I'M NOT THERE 3 stars (R) Ambitious, smart but decidedly muddled, cerebral superhipster Todd Haynes' biopicture of enigmatic, chameleonlike singer Bob Dylan features six different actors playing Dylan, including a mind-blowing turn by Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and a young black kid (Marcus Carl Franklin). The film melds an equally diverse array of styles and film allusions from Fellini to D.A. Pennebaker. The film is often gorgeous and clever, though it may be deep Dylan fans who enjoy Haynes' crazy-quilt film the most. -- Feaster
INTO THE WILD 4 stars (R) Emile Hirsch stars as affluent Emory University grad Chris McCandless, who died at age 24 after dropping off the grid to live on his own in the Alaskan wilderness. A surprising amount of transcendence and hopefulness infuses the normally dour Sean Penn's fourth directorial effort about McCandless' physical and interior journey based on Jon Krakauer's nonfiction account. Marked by nods to '60s and '70s cinema, Penn's film also has relevance to our own times as growing eco- and global-awareness have made more and more people take a McCandless look at the bad path "civilization" is on. -- Feaster
JIMMY CARTER: MAN FROM PLAINS 4 stars (PG) Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), who has treated everyman heroes before in his docs The Agronomist and Neil Young: Heart of Gold examines -- and sanctifies -- the contentious former president as he handles the controversy and vitriol unleashed during his book tour for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Warm and intimate, Demme's doc shows Carter in all his complexity as a folksy Georgia boy but also a sharp-as-a-tack, cosmopolitan statesman capable of intelligently defending his views but also able to tear up at the memory of his mama. Carter fans will have a hard time suppressing their joy at this moving tribute to a remarkable man. -- Feaster
JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN 4 stars (NR) Documentarian Julien Temple follows up his terrific Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury with a rich, if at times unflattering, portrait of Joe Strummer, frontman for the Clash. Between blistering snippets of the band's performances, the companionable stories from friends and bandmates unfold like we're part of a companionable Irish wake for the "punk rock warlord." -- Holman
THE KINGDOM (R) In this Middle-East-meets-West thriller, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) leads an elite team (Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman) in a criminal investigation in hostile Saudi Arabia. Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) directs.
KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON 2 stars (NR) Director AJ Schnack, director of the They Might Be Giants doc Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) turns to a different, more mythical rock legend in this conceptually minded doc/meditation on grunge legend Kurt Cobain. Schnack has used audio from a string of 25-hour interviews Cobain did from December 1992 to March 1993 with journalist Michael Azerrad to reanimate the singer and weds snippets of those interviews to imagery of the places Cobain lived. But the effort to give an impressionistic sense of Cobain seems scattershot and the imagery is grandiose and often disconnected from what Cobain is saying. The whole effort feels like a bit of a failed stunt. -- Feaster
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (PG-13) Ryan Gosling stars as Lars, a lonely introvert who falls in love with a life-size doll to the dismay of his brother and sister-in-law. Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) directs.
LIONS FOR LAMBS 3 stars (R) Robert Redford directs and stars alongside heavyweights Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in this earnest, talky drama. Redford is a Vietnam vet and university professor trying to convince his brightest, apathetic student to take some political stand against the war in Iraq while Streep and Cruise play a lefty reporter and Republican senator with very different views on American engagement abroad. An odd bird indeed, the film is politically impassioned, mixes up endless philosophical talk and war-film action, all as a kind of plea to Americans to engage. The film is imperfect, even clunky, but its passion and balance mark it as one of the more interesting recent fiction films about our murky political climate and the despair and apathy it inspires. -- Feaster
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