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The Se­cret of the Grain ( La Graine et le mulet) ( M): French di­rec­tor Ab­del­latif Kechiche’s film about the lives of a North African Arab fam­ily in France is dis­tin­guished by Habib Bo­u­fares’s deeply af­fect­ing per­for­mance as a re­trenched dock worker seek­ing a new life in busi­ness. This hu­mane, of­ten beau­ti­ful film is marred by nar­ra­tive in­dis­ci­pline and long di­gres­sions. — Evan Wil­liams

Brick Lane ( M): Though this is a trun­cated adap­ta­tion of Mon­ica Ali’s novel about the Bangladeshi com­mu­nity in Lon­don’s East End, the film has a strong core thanks to the jour­neys taken by a tra­di­tional Mus­lim wife ( Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee) and her con­ven­tional, over­bear­ing but ba­si­cally de­cent hus­band ( Satish Kaushik). Ex­cel­lent per­for­mances all around. — David Stratton

Dr Seuss’ Hor­ton Hears a Who! ( G): One of the best- loved Seuss sto­ries has be­come one of the best re­cent an­i­mated fea­tures: funny, sub­tle and in­ven­tive. Jim Car­rey is the voice of Hor­ton, the kindly ele­phant who res­cues a threat­ened species of mi­cro­scopic crea­tures led by their anx­ious mayor ( Steve Carell). A charmer. — E. W.

Be­fore the Devil Knows You’re Dead ( MA15+): A clev­erly struc­tured, beau­ti­fully crafted thriller from oc­to­ge­nar­ian di­rec­tor Sid­ney Lumet that is a story of fam­ily tragedy as well as a crime movie. Im­pec­ca­ble per­for­mances from Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Ethan Hawke, Al­bert Fin­ney and Marisa Tomei. — D. S.

Hey Hey It’s Es­ther Blue­burger ( M): Cathy Ran­dall’s ami­able first fea­ture gives us 14- year- old Es­ther ( Danielle Catan­zariti), a shy Jewish girl de­ter­mined to break free of her mid­dle­class up­bring­ing in a snooty Ade­laide sub­urb. En­dear­ing per­for­mances make up for the script’s zany ex­cesses. — E. W.

Be Kind Rewind ( PG): A mi­nor joke from writer- di­rec­tor Michel Gondry. When all the VHS tapes in a video rental store are ac­ci­den­tally wiped, the man­ager ( Mos Def) and his buddy ( Jack Black) set out to re­make clas­sics such as Driv­ing Miss Daisy and Ghost Busters. — D. S.

The Black Bal­loon ( M): Wri­ter­di­rec­tor Elissa Down has made one of the best Aus­tralian films of re­cent years, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing story of sub­ur­ban fam­ily life and the an­guish of teenage love. Fine per­for­mances from Luke Ford, Rhys Wake­field and Toni Col­lette. — E. W. Our crit­ics avoid

The Din­ner Guest ( L’In­vite) ( PG): Daniel Au­teuil, Thierry Lher­mitte and Va­lerie Le­mercier do their best with sub­stan­dard ma­te­rial that cen­tres on a din­ner for a prospec­tive new boss, hosted by an un­em­ployed man and his wife who are helped by their neigh­bour, an in­ter­fer­ing, self- styled PR ex­pert. — D. S.

Drill­bit Tay­lor ( PG): A hack­neyed teen com­edy about high school nerds who hire a home­less man to pro­tect them from bul­lies is al­most re­deemed by Owen Wil­son, milk­ing the script for all it’s worth. — D. S.

Hu­mane: A scene from The Se­cret of the Grain

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