Last Call

December 05, 2008|By Michael Sragow

Transporter 3 *** ( 3 STARS) The underrated Transporter series doesn't have the cachet of the Bond films, but it's the sleekest, coolest set of action jamborees this side of Jason Bourne. The overdue-to-explode British actor Jason Statham is part of the reason for its success: As a specialist in high-speed automotive transport, he makes stoicism slyly expressive. Then there are the car crashes and the martial-arts choreography. Savor it before Transporter 3 makes way for the gut of Christmas "product."

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A Christmas Tale : (IFC Films) Members of a dysfunctional family come together over the holidays after the mother is diagnosed with leukemia. With Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon and Mathieu Amalric.

The Day The Earth Stood Still : (20th Century Fox) Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates star in a "reinvention" of the 1951 classic about the global impact of an enigmatic alien's arrival.

Lola Montes: (Rialto Pictures) Restored and recut, this 1955 film revolves around the life and many loves of a beautiful courtesan and dancer, now destitute, who is forced to relive her exploits nightly at a low-rent circus in America. With Martine Carol and Peter Ustinov. In French with English subtitles.

Nothing Like The Holidays: (Overture Films) A Puerto Rican family living in Humboldt Park in west Chicago faces what may be its last Christmas together. With John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodr?guez and Debra Messing.

Release dates are subject to change.

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