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January 02, 2009|By Michael Sragow

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) This weekend the Charles Theatre is doubling up this fall hit with another *** 1/2 movie, ( 3 1/2 STARS) A Secret, in one of its theaters, so Baltimore moviegoers get a fleeting chance to see the year's best horror movie and its most moving Holocaust tragedy on the same screen. Consider Let the Right One In the thinking person's Twilight, and maybe the feeling person's, too. This Swedish horror movie cum coming-of-age film honors its thriller roots while telling the heartbreaking story of a lonely boy (Kare Hede-brant) and the girl next door (Lina Leandersson), who is also his best friend - and a vampire. The snowscapes, the melancholy and the unsettling vision of an ugly Scandinavian provincial town combine for a harshly beautiful experience.

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Bride Wars : (20th Century Fox) Childhood best friends plan their weddings, each to take place at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. But a clerical error and subsequent clash in wedding dates pit the two brides against each other in a competition that quickly escalates into all-out war. With Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Candice Bergen.

Gran Torino : (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood directs and stars as an iron-willed veteran forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.

Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser : (Weinstein Co.) A 20th anniversary remake of the tale of an unfaithful wife and her attempt to help her lover escape from hell. Based on Barker's novella, "The Hellbound Heart."

Not Easily Broken : (Screen Gems) A car accident and shifting affections test the bond between a married couple. With Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan and Cannon Jay.

Revolutionary Road : (Paramount Vantage) Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite as a married couple struggling with conformity and expectations in 1950s Connecticut. Directed by Sam Mendes.

The Unborn : (Rogue Pictures) A demonic spirit haunts a young woman, pulling her into a world of nightmares and threatening everyone she loves. With Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman, Carla Gugino and Jane Alexander.

Release dates are subject to change.

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