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LIONS FOR LAMBS
Robert Redford directs and costars alongside Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in this drama examining the personal and political price of the ongoing war on terror. R for some war violence and language.
Up at the North Pole, St. Nick (Paul Giamatti) gets an unwelcome visit from his no-account brother (Vince Vaughn) in this holiday-themed comedy. With Miranda Richardson, Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates and Kevin Spacey. Written by Dan Fogelman. Directed by David Dobkin. PG for mild language and some rude humor.
Jerry Seinfeld wrote and lent his voice to this story of a mild-mannered bee who inadvertently discovers that humans have been stealing bees’ honey for centuries and sets out to protect their resources. With the voices of Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman and Chris Rock. PG for mild suggestive humor.
Denzel Washington plays an up-and-coming crime boss on the streets of 1970s Harlem. Russell Crowe plays the rogue cop bent on taking down the new kingpin in the drug trade. With Josh Brolin and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Written by Steve Zaillian. R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality.
INTO THE WILD
“Into the Wild,” Sean Penn’s film on McCandless’ experiences, is a complete change of pace for the writer-director. It’s his warmest, most celebratory and most completely realized film and, though you might not guess it from the material, it is also arguably his most personal. Penn’s film, starring a radiant Emile Hirsch, is based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book about Chris McCandless, an unusual 24-year-old “possessed of a streak of stubborn idealism that did not mesh readily with modern existence.” In April 1992, McCandless’ search for “raw, transcendent experience” led him to walk alone into Alaska’s Denali National Park, determined to have adventures and live dangerously off the land. He did not come out alive. Was he a foolish naif or a great, transcendent spirit? The Chris you saw depended on the one you wanted to see.
A recently widowed science fiction writer (John Cusack) adopts a boy who claims to be from Mars, and the writer suspects the boy may be telling the truth. PG for thematic elements and mild language.