last call

November 21, 2008|By Michael Sragow

Rachel Getting Married **** ( 4 STARS) Before this year's bigger-budget Oscar favorites crowd it off the screen, don't miss Jonathan Demme's vibrant comedy-drama about the ties that bind - and sometimes strangle. Anne Hathaway gives a career-changing performance as a recovering addict. She complicates the wedding plans of her sister, but she also jars family members out of reflex attitudes. The scene between Hathaway and Debra Winger (as the heroine's mother) is an instant classic, and the wedding itself is an undiluted joy.

next wednesday

Australia: (20th Century Fox) Down Under titans Baz Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman team for this romance between an English aristocrat and a cattle driver at the onset of World War II. With David Wenham and Jack Thompson.

Four Christmases : (New Line Cinema) Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as a couple endeavoring to visit all four of their divorced parents on Dec. 25.

Transporter 3 : (Lionsgate) The no-nonsense courier returns to escort the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official from Marseilles to Odessa. With Jason Statham and Natalya Rudakova.

Release dates are subject to change.

Rachel Getting Married **** ( 4 STARS) Before this year's bigger-budget Oscar favorites crowd it off the screen, don't miss Jonathan Demme's vibrant comedy-drama about the ties that bind - and sometimes strangle. Anne Hathaway gives a career-changing performance as a recovering addict. She complicates the wedding plans of her sister, but she also jars family members out of reflex attitudes. The scene between Hathaway and Debra Winger (as the heroine's mother) is an instant classic, and the wedding itself is an undiluted joy.

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