Battle for Terra : (Roadside Attractions) A peaceful alien planet is invaded by the last survivors of Earth.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: (Warner Bros.) In a romantic comedy twist on A Christmas Carol, a womanizer revisits his troubled love life through supernatural means. With Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
Is Anybody There? : (BBC Films) A retired magician befriends a young boy who lives in a British nursing home. With Michael Caine and Bill Milner.
Paris 36: (Sony Pictures Classics) Writer-director Christophe Barratier stages a jaunty musical amid the upheaval of 1930s France. In French with English subtitles.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine: (20th Century Fox) This prequel to the popular X-Men series follows Wolverine before he joined the mutant superhero team - and before he had claws. With Hugh Jackman.
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Michael Sragow is on vacation. His column does not appear today.
Obsessed, a thriller starring Beyonce Knowles, was not screened for critics.