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100 Voices: A Jour­ney Home It’s hard to imag­ine a more pro­found ex­pres­sion of the heal­ing power of mu­sic than Matthew As­ner and Danny Gold’s deeply af­fect­ing work. The 72 can­tors gath­ered from around the world per­form at the War­saw Opera House were on a mis­sion to help the re­vival of Jewish cul­ture in their an­ces­tral land, in which Jews were all but erad­i­cated in the Holo­caust. “100 Voices” would be glo­ri­ous sim­ply as a con­cert film but is im­mea­sur­ably more. (Kevin Thomas, Sept. 22) (2 hrs) NR.

Ahead of Time The jour­ney of 99year-old Amer­i­can writer and jour­nal­ist Ruth Gru­ber. Di­rected by Bob Rich­man. (1:13) NR.

Al­pha and Omega Two mis­matched young wolves must work to­gether to make the long jour­ney home to pre­vent war in their wolf packs. With the voices of Justin Long, Hay­den Panet­tiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Den­nis Hop­per and Larry Miller. Writ­ten by Steve Moore and Christo­pher Denk. Di­rected by An­thony Bell and Ben Gluck. (1:28) PG.

Bran Nue Dae Hon­estly, if you’re not at least tempted to hum along with the cheeky re­frain “There’s noth­ing I would rather be, than to be an A-borig-i-ne” in Rachel Perkins’ adap­ta­tion of this Aussie mu­si­cal theater hit, then please pro­ceed to the near­est doc­tor to have your pulse checked. Be­cause if the ol’ ticker’s still tick­ing, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble not to be swept up by the ex­u­ber­ant fun of this sing­ing, danc­ing, irony-laced ode to the re­pres­sion, reed­u­ca­tion and re­sis­tance of Aus­tralia’s in­dige­nous tribal peo­ples circa 1969. (B.S., Sept. 10) (1:28) PG-13.

Buried A truck driver wakes up six feet un­der­ground with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 min­utes to save him­self. With Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Tobolowsky and Sa­man­tha Mathis. Writ­ten by Chris Spar­ling. Di­rected by Ro­drigo Cortes. (1:34) NR.

Cat­fish What hap­pens when Face­book-to-Face­book be­comes face to face? This film eludes sim­ple cat­e­go­riza­tion but it’s a good bet that those who suc­cumb to its loose-lips-sink­ships mar­ket­ing cam­paign will dis­cover that talk­ing about or ar­gu­ing over “Cat­fish” is very easy once its se­crets are opened. But “Cat­fish” was built to charm, not in­dict, and on that front it makes for a di­vert­ing se­ri­o­comic wade into the pit­falls of In­ter­net-based im­me­di­acy, and by ex­ten­sion, the ma­nip­u­la­tive mys­ter­ies of doc­u­men­tary as­sem­blage. (Robert Abele, Sept. 17) (1:28) PG-13.

Chosin Sur­vivors of the Chosin Reser­voir Cam­paign jour­ney through one of the most sav­age bat­tles of the Korean War. Di­rected by Brian Igle­sias. NR.

Devil is uber-con­fi­dent chiller im­pre­sario M. Night Shamalyan’s lat­est — as story-cre­ator and pro­ducer — and the first in a pro­jected di­rected-byothers tril­ogy of spook-outs called “The Night Chron­i­cles.” By the time the patented Shya­malan Ex­traStrength Third Act Twist is re­vealed, be­ing asked to care about fate, re­demp­tion and for­give­ness when a Satan-in-an-el­e­va­tor gim­mick hasn’t de­liv­ered is like get­ting medic­i­nal af­ter­taste from what should have been a box of delectably fiery Red Hots. (Robert Abele, Sept. 20) (1:20) PG-13.

Easy A The story of a smart, funny girl who be­comes a self-styled Hester Prynne, this is nei­ther as smart nor as funny as it wants to be. With the ver­bal-clev­er­ness dial set at 11, the teen com­edy wears its glib cul­tural ref­er­ences — pop and 19th-cen­tury lit­er­ary — in boldface em­broi­dery. As the movie loosens up, the hu­mor hits home more fre­quently. Thomas Hay­den Church brings a weary soul­ful­ness as a teacher and Lisa Kudrow is scald­ing and pa­thetic as the mis­guided guid­ance coun­selor. But it’s

Emma Stone’s girl­ish strength and comic gifts that an­chor the film. (Sheri Lin­den, Sept. 17) (1:32) PG-13. El Su­per­star: The Un­likely Rise of Juan Frances ABev­erly Hills-born or­phan is adopted by his Mex­i­can nanny, raised with a love for ranchero mu­sic and be­comes a sing­ing sen­sa­tion. With Lupe On­tiveros and Danny Trejo. Di­rected by Amy French. (1:30) NR.

En­ter the Void Af­ter a drug-deal­ing teen is killed in Tokyo, he re­turns as a ghost to watch over his sis­ter. With Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Emily Alyn Lind, Jesse Kuhn, Olly Alexan­der, Masato Tanno and Cary Hayes. Writ­ten and di­rected by Gas­par Noe. (2:42) NR (sex­ual con­tent).

Go­ing the Dis­tance A bi­coastal cou­ple nav­i­gate the pit­falls of a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship for the sake of their ca­reers. With Drew Bar­ry­more, Justin Long, Char­lie Day, Ron Liv­ingston, Jim Gaf­fi­gan and Christina Ap­ple­gate. Writ­ten by Geoff LaT­ulippe. Di­rected by Nanette Burstein. (1:37) R.

Heaven’s Rain The true story and jour­ney of chil­dren whose par­ents were mur­dered and a son who went on to spon­sor vic­tim’s rights leg­is­la­tion in Ok­la­homa. With Mike Vo­gel, Erin Cham­bers, Taryn Man­ning, Si­las Wier Mitchell, Casey San­der and Mar­i­lyn McIn­tyre. Writ­ten by Paul Brown and Brooks Dou­glass. Di­rected by Brown. NR.

Hide­away One of Fran­cois Ozon’s finest films, this is a se­duc­tively beau­ti­ful and sub­tle tale of the power of a friend­ship be­tween a woman and her dead hus­band’s gay brother (singer Louis-Ro­nan Choisy in his film de­but). This is a spell­bind­ing film, and Ozon, per­haps best known for the much darker “Un­der the Sand” and “Swim­ming Pool,” con­tin­ues to be an in­spir­ing di­rec­tor of ac­tors. (Kevin Thomas, Sept. 17) In French with English sub­ti­tles. (1:28) NR.

I’m Still Here A pu­ta­tive doc­u­men­tary about a year in the life of Joaquin Phoenix. Though it can be per­sua­sive, by the time it’s over the feel­ing is in­escapable that to one de­gree or an­other what we’ve been watch­ing is a con­vinc­ing hoax, a glum and dispir­it­ing counterfeit of re­al­ity that turns out to be much more in­ter­est­ing to spec­u­late about than to ac­tu­ally watch. (K.Tu., Sept. 10) (1:48) NR.

Jack Goes Boat­ing Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man’s slice-of-life di­rec­to­rial de­but takes a while to build up, but the au­then­tic New York vibe and the ac­tors’ strong per­for­mances make the film mostly worth­while. (1:29) R. Leg­end of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole A young owl must gather a mythic band of winged war­riors to fight the evil army and save the owl king­dom. With voices of Helen Mir­ren, Sam Neill, Ge­of­frey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weav­ing. Screen­play by John Orloff and Emil Stern, based on the book se­ries by Kathryn Lasky. Di­rected by Zack Sny­der. In IMAX 3D. (1:30) PG.

Le­gendary A teenage boy’s jour­ney to re­unite his fam­ily 10 years af­ter the death of his beloved fa­ther, a state col­le­giate wrestling leg­end. With Pa­tri­cia Clark­son, John Cena, Devon Graye, Danny Glover, Tyler Posey, Madeleine Martin and John Posey. Writ­ten by Posey. Di­rected by Mel Dam­ski. (1:47) PG-13.

Lot­tery Ticket A young man liv­ing in the projects who wins mil­lions in the lot­tery must sur­vive a hol­i­day week­end with his greedy neigh­bors be­fore claim­ing his prize. With Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Keith David, Loretta Devine and Terry Crews. Screen­play by Ab­dul Wil­liams. Di­rected by Erik White. (1:39) PG-13.

Lovely, Still An awk­ward en­counter quickly blos­soms into a new chance for ro­mance for an el­derly cou­ple. With Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, El­iz­a­beth Banks and Adam Scott. Writ­ten and di­rected by Nik Fack­ler. (1:32) PG.

Ma­chete I’m talkin’ ’bout Ma­chete! He’s the fed­erale who’s a sex ma­chine to all the chicks, and no friend of racist white­folk. The char­ac­ter (played by au­then­tic tough guy and char­ac­ter ac­tor Danny Trejo) was in­tro­duced in a fake trailer in the 2007 Robert Ro­driguez-Quentin Tarantino dou­ble-bill “Grindhouse.” Out­landishly gory, bluntly po­lit­i­cal, “Ma­chete” is at least half an hour too long for its own good. If Ro­driguez ever learns to move his cam­era around in in­ter­est­ing ways, his will­ing­ness to try any­thing may lead to more com­pelling es­capism than this. (Michael Phillips, Sept. 3) (1:45) R.

Mao’s Last Dancer There’s no short­age of dra­matic sweep in the story of Li Cunxin, a peas­ants’ child who be­came an in­ter­na­tional bal­let star, but not be­fore his 1981 de­fec­tion from China to the United States sparked a diplo­matic show­down and front-page head­lines. In the film adap­ta­tion of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, that story comes to life only in fits and starts. Di­rec­tor Bruce Beres­ford (“Driv­ing Miss Daisy”) knows how to tug heart­strings but is of­ten ham­pered by awk­ward melo­drama. (Sheri Lin­den, Aug. 20) (1:37) PG.

Mes­rine: Killer In­stinct Mes­rine’s story is one of a thug’s life writ very large, so large it takes two French films and more than four hours of screen time to tell it. But then French gang­ster Jac­ques Mes­rine was not just any thug, but a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal with a gift for pub­lic­ity and philo­soph­i­cal self-drama­ti­za­tion, “a gang­ster with mar­ket­ing savvy” who came to re­al­ize his life was play­ing out like a movie and rel­ished ev­ery bit of it. This first mak­ing-of-a-gang­ster film makes the most of Vin­cent Cas­sel’s bravura star­ring per­for­mance. (K.Tu., Aug. 27) In French with English sub­ti­tles (1:53) R.

Mes­rine: Pub­lic En­emy No. 1 Vin­cent Cas­sel picks up where he left off as cel­e­brated French gang­ster Jac­ques Mes­rine. His end may be in­evitable, but he cer­tainly doesn’t bore us along the way. (K.Tu., Sept. 3) In French with English sub­ti­tles. (1:34) R. A Mother’s Courage: Talk­ing Back to

Autism One woman’s quest across the globe to un­lock her 10-year-old autis­tic son’s mind. With Mar­gret Dag­mar Erics­dot­tir, Tem­ple Grandin, Soma Mukhopad­hyay and Dr. Geral­dine Daw­son. Nar­rated by Kate Winslet. Mu­sic by Sigur Ros and Bjork. Di­rected by Fridrik Thor Fridriks­son. (1:45) NR. Mu­sic Makes A City: A Louisville Or­ches­tra Story The story of a small­town or­ches­tra and the am­bi­tious and ex­per­i­men­tal com­mis­sion­ing se­ries that brought it to world­wide ac­claim. (1:43) NR.

Neshoba: The Price of Free­dom A trou­bling doc­u­men­tary about fiery pas­sions and mur­der­ous deeds in the

1960s South and their mod­ern con­se­quences that is dis­turb­ing in ways that go be­yond what might be ex­pected. (K.Tu., Sept. 10) (1:30) NR.

The Other City A look at Washington, DC’s high rate of HIV/AIDS. Screen­play by Jose An­to­nio Var­gas. Di­rected by Su­san Koch. (1:30) NR.

Pic­ture Me Model Sara Ziff takes us be­hind the scenes in the world of high fashion, doc­u­ment­ing both the glam­our and the darker side of the in­dus­try. Di­rected by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff. (1:22) NR.

Prince of Broad­way An il­le­gal im­mi­grant who hus­tles knock-off mer­chan­dise in NY’s fashion district must take care of his newly re­vealed tod­dler son. With Prince Adu, Kar­ren Kar­gu­lian, Ai­den Noesi. Writ­ten by Sean Baker and Dar­ren Dean. Di­rected by Baker. (1:40) NR.

Res­i­dent Evil: Af­ter­life The search for sur­vivors of a zom­bie trans­form­ing virus leads to a deadly trap in Los An­ge­les. With Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Boris Kod­joe and Went­worth Miller. Writ­ten and di­rected by Paul W.S. An­der­son. In 3D. (1:36) R.

The Ro­man­tics Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel are the mis­matched cou­ple at the cen­ter of what is a largely un­lik­able cast of char­ac­ters, though Katie Holmes adds some much-needed fire to a lack­lus­ter film. (1:35) PG-13.

The Si­cil­ian Girl A fic­tion­al­iza­tion of the true story of a Mafia boss’ turn­coat daugh­ter is a mostly af­fect­ing look into the dark in­ner work­ings of a crime syn­di­cate and its vic­tims. In Ital­ian with English sub­ti­tles. (1:50) NR.

Skirt Day Is­abelle Ad­jani, too-rarely seen on screen these days, won the 2009 Ce­sar Award (France’s Os­car) for her flashy role as So­nia Berg­erac, a kind of Howard Beale of lit­er­a­ture in­struc­tors, who breaks school code by wear­ing a skirt and holds her un­ruly stu­dents at gun­point. But what is writer-di­rec­tor Jean-Paul Lilien­feld’s endgame? Is it to truly ex­plore the film’s dizzy­ing ar­ray of is­sues — racism, sex­ism, cul­tural and re­li­gious iden­tity, France’s bro­ken ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem — or ex­ploit them for cin­e­matic gain? An­swer: a lit­tle of both, but sadly not enough of the for­mer. (Gary Gold­stein, Sept. 17) In French with English sub­ti­tles. (1:28) NR.

Soul Kitchen This lively, easy­go­ing farce filled with high-en­ergy mu­sic and amus­ing com­pli­ca­tions sounds like the least likely film to be writ­ten and di­rected by Fatih Akin, but this Ger­man di­rec­tor is a filmmaker first and fore­most, and that makes all the dif­fer­ence. (K.Tu., Sept. 3) In Ger­man and Greek with English sub­ti­tles. (1:39) NR.

Sweet­hearts of the Prison Rodeo This doc­u­men­tary goes be­hind prison walls to fol­low con­vict cowgirls on their jour­ney to the 2007 Ok­la­homa State Pen­i­ten­tiary Rodeo. (1:30) NR.

Tak­ers The new heist movie star­ring blah, blah, blah, and “T.I.” (who’s scary bad and just plain scary) would be a good snooze if it weren’t for all the noisy gun­fire and ex­plo­sions and the vi­o­lins — which al­ways sig­nal a “spe­cial” shootout that will un­fold in that bal­let-of-death style that’s sup­posed to be arty but just feels te­dious here. Paul Walker, Hay­den Chris­tensen, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and Idris Elba play the bad guys, with Matt Dil­lon and Jay Her­nan­dez as the cops on their tail. Even with all of the ac­tion, and a few plot twists that are kinda cool, there’s re­ally not enough to “Tak­ers” to make it worth your time. Cue vi­o­lins. (B.S., Aug. 27) (1:47) PG-13.

Teza A story of hope, loss, and rem­i­nis­cence is told through the eyes of an ide­al­is­tic young in­tel­lec­tual, dis­placed from his home­land of Ethiopia. With Aaron Arefe. Di­rected by Haile Ger­ima. In Amharic, English and Ger­man, with English sub­ti­tles. (2:20) NR.

The Vir­gin­ity Hit How ef­fec­tive is hu­mil­i­a­tion com­edy any­more in our any­thing-for-YouTube world? This lat­est in the con­tin­uum of teenagers-in-heat romps, puts “Porky’s” into a so­cial me­dia sce­nario: scrawny high schooler Matt (Matt Ben­nett) isn’t just an­gling for his first time; Matt’s also a 24/7 vi­ral-video project for his in­tru­sive, cam­era-tot­ing bud­dies. The boys come off mostly as crude, dopey louts —es­pe­cially Zack Pearlman, a charm­less Jonah Hill wannabe. That this was pro­duced by Will Fer­rell and Adam McKay is es­pe­cially dispir­it­ing. This Web-in­spired “Su­per­bad” rip-off is sim­ply su­per bad. (Sept. 24) (1:24) R. Wait­ing for Su­per­man A close ex­am­i­na­tion of the U.S. pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem told through mul­ti­ple in­ter­lock­ing sto­ries. Writ­ten by Davis Guggen­heim and Billy Kim­ball. Di­rected by Guggen­heim. (1:42) PG.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps An un­fo­cused, er­ratic, down­right messy se­quel that comes alive when Michael Dou­glas is on screen and in those tooin­fre­quent mo­ments when the bad peo­ple played by Josh Brolin and Eli Wal­lach take cen­ter stage. (K.Tu., Sept. 24) (2:11) PG-13. Who is Harry Nils­son (And Why Is Ev­ery­body Talkin’ About Him)? The prodi­giously gifted ’60s-’70s-era singer-song­writer gets a fairly thor­ough rock­u­men­tary treat­ment in John Sche­in­feld’s heart­felt anec­do­tal ta­pes­try, wo­ven with re­mem­brances by friends, col­leagues and fam­ily. If it nags a lit­tle that the film spends so much time on Nils­son’s hard-par­ty­ing self-de­struc­tive­ness rather than his artis­tic as­cen­dancy, it doesn’t di­min­ish the over­all ef­fect, of a per­sonal, gen­er­ous trib­ute reel de­signed to keep a mu­si­cal mas­ter’s legacy very much alive. (Robert Abele, Sept. 20) (1:57) NR.

The Win­ning Sea­son An al­co­holic dead­beat dad coaches a lousy girls’ high-school-bas­ket­ball team. With Sam Rock­well, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Sha­reeka Epps and Emily Rios. Writ­ten and di­rected by James C. Strouse. (1:59) PG-13.

A Woman, a Gun and a Noo­dle Shop is Chi­nese au­teur Zhang Yi­mou’s whim­si­cal and witty homage to “Blood Sim­ple,” the Coen Broth­ers’ 1984 fea­ture de­but, it­self a satire as much as mur­der­ous thriller. This ver­sion ratch­ets up the farce, tones down the blood, piles up the bod­ies and con­jures up a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence in the process. In short, you won’t feel as if you’re watch­ing a re­make so much as a com­i­cal re-imag­in­ing that taps into Chi­nese op­er­atic hu­mor in that Larry, Curly and Moe sort of way — a rich brew for some, weak tea for oth­ers depend­ing on your taste for slap­stick over sub­text. (B.S., Sept. 3) In Man­darin with English sub­ti­tles. (1:35) R.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Hu­man foibles, in ma­jor and mi­nor keys, are the chords that Woody Allen has been pounding for years. So it should come as no sur­prise that in this new frothy and fit­ful ro­man­tic black com­edy, star­ring a sprawl­ing en­sem­ble that in­cludes Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones and An­thony Hopkins, ev­ery­one takes a spin with the dis­il­lu­sion­ments, de­cep­tions and dis­sat­is­fac­tions of life. But in us­ing a lighter tough, Allen’s made it harder to root for — or against — any­one in par­tic­u­lar. The filmmaker is still clever and the film it­self is a con­fec­tion tempt­ing enough to con­sider a taste, just be ready for that emp­tycalo­rie letdown af­ter it’s over. (B.S., Sept. 22) (1:38) R. All movies are in re­lease un­less noted. Also in­cluded: the film’s run­ning time and rat­ings. MPAA cat­e­gories: (G) for gen­eral au­di­ences; (PG) parental guid­ance urged be­cause of ma­te­rial pos­si­bly un­suit­able for chil­dren; (PG-13) par­ents are strongly cau­tioned to give guid­ance for at­ten­dance of chil­dren younger than 13; (R) re­stricted, younger than 17 ad­mit­ted only with par­ent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger ad­mit­ted.

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