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ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES 1 star (R) As an actor, John Turturro is the stuff (Barton Fink, Jungle Fever). As a director, not so much. This unnecessarily coarse film is Turturro's clunky, regressive effort at a blue-collar opera, and has its actors lip-synching their emotions to pop tunes. Susan Sarandon is a Queens wife who can't forgive her husband's (James Gandolfini) philandering with a redheaded woman (Kate Winslet) in this misguided musical. -- Feaster
SAW IV (R) In the follow-up to Saw III, Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Detectives must sift through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains to piece together the puzzle. Darren Lynn Bousman directs.
THIS CHRISTMAS 3 stars (PG-13) Preston A. Whitmore writes and directs this dramedy about the holiday reunion of an extended African-American family, which includes an indebted musician (Idris Elba) and an abused wife (Regina King). The plotting's a bit familiar and the first act relies almost entirely on exposition, but the likable cast help make This Christmas low-key but pleasing holiday fare. -- Holman
TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (PG-13) Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) brings his theatrical production to the big screen where he stars alongside Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. The film explores the difficulties of modern relationships through the stories of eight married college friends.
A new film group centered around the Golden Age of Comedy is being organized in…