opening next friday

January 30, 2009

Coraline : (Focus Features) The makers of A Nightmare Before Christmas tell an animated story of a young girl who walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. With the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher.

He's Just Not That Into You: (New Line Cinema) The lives of desperate Baltimore singles intersect in a loose adaptation of the popular self-help book. With Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore.

The Pink Panther Deux : (Columbia Pictures) Inspector Clouseau teams up with a squad of international detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. With Steve Martin and Jean Reno.

Push: (Summit Entertainment) A shadowy government agency hunts a group of young Americans with telekinetic and clairvoyant powers. With Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning.

Wendy and Lucy : (Oscilloscope Pictures) As a woman travels to Alaska for a lucrative summer job, her car breaks down, forcing her to confront her dire financial situation. With Michelle Williams.

: Release dates are subject to change.

LAST CALL

NOTORIOUS : *** The way the disarmingly deft young actor Jamal Woolard portrays hip-hop star Notorious B.I.G., he knows he's giving voice to a street reality heavily tinged with macho hyperbole and fantasy. Woolard's skill and self-awareness - and the promise of redemption he helps build into Notorious B.I.G.'s story - helps nonfans enter a biopic marked by reprehensible behavior amid nonstop creativity. You don't have to love hip-hop to have a crackling good time at this movie.

Michael Sragow

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