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July 24, 2009|By Michael Sragow

Up **** ( 4 STARS) If you haven't seen it, make sure you see it for the first time in a theater. The genius bar at Pixar has crafted this seriocomic fable about a 78-year-old widower who recaptures his zest for life with the help of a 9-year-old-boy as an old-fashioned sweeping adventure with inventive contemporary twists. In this 70th anniversary year, no film out today better captures the spirit of Hollywood movies circa 1939.

Opening next Friday

Aliens In The Attic : (20th Century Fox) It's up to the kids to fight the invasion by knee-high aliens while their parents remain comfortably clueless during family vacation.

Departures : (Regent Releasing) A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. With Masahiro Motoki and Tsutomu Yamazaki. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Funny People: (Universal Pictures) A famous comedian tries to make sense of his near-death experience in this ensemble comedy from Judd Apatow. With Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

Humpday : (Magnolia Pictures) Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project. With Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard.

Seraphine : (Music Box Films) Yolande Moreau stars as an artist who works as a maid and laundress by day and creates visionary paintings at night.

Release dates are subject to change.

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