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March 06, 2009

Last House on the Left : (Rogue Pictures) A couple take revenge on a band of thugs who attacked their daughter and left her for dead. With Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter.

Miss March: (Fox Searchlight) Comatose for four years, a young man awakens to discover his innocent high-school sweetheart is now a popular pinup girl. With Zach Cregger and Molly Stanton.

Race to Witch Mountain: (Walt Disney Pictures) A cabbie becomes the unlikely protector of two young aliens on the run from a shadowy organization. With Dwayne Johnson and AnnaSophia Robb.

Secret of the Grain (IFC Films) This year's best picture in France is a multifaceted tale of first- and second-generation Tunisian immigrants living in a French port town. With Habib Boufares and Hafsia Herzi.

Release dates are subject to change.

last call

Coraline : *** 1/2 (3 1/2 stars) The latest piece of puppet-cartoon wizardry from Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) lost its 3-D screens to the Jonas Brothers last week. Even seen "flat," this story of a bored girl who finds relief, then terror, in a house that resembles an improved version of her own creates a fully imagined and transporting alternative universe.

Michael Sragow

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