Last Call

December 12, 2008|By Michael Sragow

Vicky Cristina Barcelona **** ( 4 STARS) The first time this space highlighted this movie - Woody Allen's best in a decade - it hung in for several more weeks at its original location and then began hopping around town. It returns to the Landmark's Harbor East today for the repeat pleasure of fans and the ecstasy of novices who haven't yet savored the most pleasingly mellow and original romantic comedy of the year. It stars Javier Bardem as an artist and Penelope Cruz as the ex-wife who create an enriching sort of chaos in the lives of two young Americans, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall. If you plan on seeing Frost/Nixon, see this first to appreciate Hall's range: She's persuasive as an academic here, but she glams up nicely to play David Frost's mistress.

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I've Loved You So Long (Sony Pictures Classic) Kristin Scott Thomas plays a woman who goes to live with her sister after spending 15 years in prison for a traumatic crime.

Repo! The Genetic Opera : (Lionsgate) A science-fiction rock opera set 50 years in the future in which an epidemic of organ failure creates a frenzy for expensive transplants and a heavy price for nonpayment. With Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman.

Seven Pounds: (Columbia Pictures) The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino reteams with star Will Smith for a story about a man who changes the lives of seven strangers. With Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson.

The Tale Of Despereaux : (Universal Pictures) The adventures of an iconoclastic mouse and an outcast rat seeking to prove to a gloomy kingdom that they are much more than they appear. With the voices of Matthew Broderick and Dustin Hoffman.

Yes Man: (Warner Bros.) Jim Carrey stars as a man who enlists in a self-help program based on the concept of answering everything in the affirmative and finds that positivity has its drawbacks. With Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper.

Release dates are subject to change.

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