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Nine: (PG-13) A famous Italian film director (played and sung by Daniel Day-Lewis) sorts through various crises. Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, among others, play the crises.
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2012: (PG-13) Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world spectacle concerns the confluence of disasters that some folks figure accompany the expiration date on the ancient Mayan calendar.
A Serious Man: (R) Comedy from directors Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country For Old Men") centers on Larry (Michael Stuhlbarg), a beleaguered college professor. Limited run at the Nickelodeon through Jan. 5.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: (PG) Will the furry boy band be upstaged by a group of singing girl chipmunks?
Avatar: (PG-13) Sam Worthington stars as a Marine whose high-tech recon mission on the planet Pandora gets complicated.
Brothers: (R) When a soldier (Tobey Maguire) is reported missing in action in Afghanistan, his ne'er-do-well brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) straightens up to look after his distraught sister-in-law (Natalie Portman) and the kids.
Couples Retreat: (PG-13) Four couples are trapped in a resort where they're forced to fix their relationships.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: (PG) Phil Lord directs (with Chris Miller) this animated adaptation of the children's book about a town where food rains from the sky.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13) An estranged NYC couple (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker) are forced into an uncomfortable cohabitation when a witness protection program ships them to the Wyoming boonies.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: (PG) Robert Zemeckis made this motion-capture version of the Dickens holiday classic with digital versions of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, who plays several roles, including Scrooge.
Fantastic Mr. Fox: (PG) An animated Wes Anderson film based on a Roald Dahl story about farm folk who tire of the wily fox in their midst (voiced by George Clooney) and resolve to wipe out him and his kind.
G-Force: (PG) An elite team of guinea pigs tries to stop an evil billionaire from world domination.
Invictus: (PG-13) A look at how sport changed South African politics, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as South African rugby champ Francois Pienaar.
Law-Abiding Citizen: (R) Gerard Butler stars in this thriller about a man whose family was murdered. He takes the law into his own hands when the justice system fails him.
Ninja Assassin: (R) An Interpol researcher in Berlin stumbles upon evidence that a ninja assassin ring is behind a series of recent assassinations.
Old Dogs: (PG-13) Business partners John Travolta and Robin Williams are saddled with 6-year-old twins.
Paranormal Activity: (R) Katie and Micah hope to capture evidence of a haunting with a video camera but are not prepared for the terrifying occurrences that follow.
Planet 51: An American astronaut finds little green men living a suburban dream when he lands on an alien planet in this animated film.
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: (R) Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have thrown their clout behind this Sundance hit about an obese, pregnant and illiterate teen who tries to turn her life around in a Harlem school.
The Princess and the Frog: (G) A retelling of the bedtime classic rendered in good old-fashioned cell animation.
The Road: (R) Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-winning novel about the post-apocalyptic trek of a father and son. An emaciated, coughing Viggo Mortensen struggles to find a haven for his boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a reason to go on living.
The Blind Side: (PG-13) A pampered suburban mom (Sandra Bullock) adopts a hulking, homeless African-American teen (Quinton Aaron) and turns his life around with a lot of love and bit of football.
The Boondock Saints 2: (R) The MacManus brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus) return to Boston to avenge the murder of their priest.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: (PG-13) Obscure silent film from Sweden about the existentialism of man - na, just kidding! Sullen Bella (Kristen Stewart) is torn between the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her American Indian pal Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who, it turns out, is a werewolf. Maybe it's about existentialism after all.
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself: (PG-13) Taraji P. Henson stars, Gladys Knight sings and Tyler Perry dons the Madea dress for his latest sermon with a silly edge.
Up in the Air: (R) George Clooney plays an emotionally isolated downsizing expert in this adaptation of the Walter Kirn book. Vera Farmiga co-stars.
Where the Wild Things Are: (PG) The Spike Jonze version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's fantasy book stars Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine O'Hara.
- Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports