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OPENING TODAY

The Box: (PG-13) A dark fantasy about a family (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden) that receives a magical box, an offer of $1 million from Frank Langella - and the promise that pushing a button to get the $1 million will kill someone they do not know.

OPENING FRIDAY, NOV. 13

The 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.

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.

OPENING WEDNESDAY

The Way We Get By: Documentary follows "the Maine Troop Greeters," three people who strive to meet all American service men and women coming through Bangor International Airport in Maine. At the Nickelodeon until Nov. 11.

NOW PLAYING

Amelia: (PG) This biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart stars Hilary Swank.

Astro Boy: (PG) This Japanese TV series from the 1960s earns a big-screen outing, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore as the robot, Astro Boy.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant: (R) Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek and, as a vampire, John C. Reilly, are prime attractions at a "freak show" circus.

Coco Before Chanel: (PG-13) The rise and rise of fashion goddess Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

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.

District 9: (R) In this science-fiction drama, a race of aliens (the E.T. kind) are exploited for work and forced to live in squalor.

Fame: Alan Parker's influential 1980 musical about students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts gets a "reimagining."

Final Destination Death Trip 3D: (R) This fourth installment of the profitable horror franchise about teens who get Death all riled up when they don't die like they're supposed to is getting released in 3D.

G-Force: (PG) An elite team of guinea pigs tries to stop an evil billionaire from world domination.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: (PG-13) Based on the action figure. Installment one explains how the series' evil-military machine came to be.

Good Hair: (PG-13) Comedian Chris Rock's documentary explores the African-American hair culture.

The Hangover: (R) Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms must re-trace their wild night in Vegas to find a groom-to-be.

H2: Halloween 2: (R) Rob Zombie continues his run through the original horror series.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: (PG) In this adaptation of the sixth "Harry Potter" book, we learn more about how Tom Riddle turned into He Who Shall Not Be Named.

House of the Devil: (R) A baby sitter takes an unusual job and lives to regret it in this horror tale starring Jocelin Donahue.

Inglourious Basterds: (R) A group of Jewish soldiers, led by Brad Pitt, take on a gang of Nazis.

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.

Love Happens: (PG-13) A widower (Aaron Eckhart) becomes a self-help guru after he writes a book about mourning, but falls for one of his readers (Jennifer Aniston).

Paranormal Activity: (R) Katie and Micah hope to captue evidence of a haunting with a video camera but are not prepared for the terrifying occurrences that follow.

Saw VI: (R) The slasher series that will never die until you people stop buying tickets makes its annual Halloween season return.

Seraphine: (Not rated) This biopic chronicles the life of Seraphine Louis, aka Seraphine de Senlis. Open through Monday at the Nickelodeon.

Stepfather: (PG-13) Michael becomes increasingly suspicious of the new man, David, in his mother's life.

Surrogates: (R) In the near future, FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate a murder involving artificial "surrogates," robotic aliases used by recluses to represent them in the outside world.

The Invention of Lying: (PG-13) In a world where everyone tells the truth, a man (Ricky Gervais) discovers that dishonesty can make someone rich.

The Time Traveler's Wife: (PG-13) Based on the best-selling novel, Eric Bana stars as a librarian whose calendar hopping complicates his relationship with Rachel McAdams.

This Is It: Documentary that looks at singer Michael Jackson's last months as he prepared for a 50-date comeback tour. A limited two-week engagement

Toy Story 3-D: (PG) Pixar re-issues a double-feature of the two films, "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," this time in 3-D.

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: (PG) A cranky old man plans the trip of a lifetime, but he unwittingly brings along a young passenger.

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.

Zombieland: (R) Jesse Eisenberg plays a meek chap who tries to find refuge in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson also stars.

- Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports

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