Paris *** ( 3 STARS) Juliette Binoche and Paris - what more do you want? In this multicharacter cinematic tapestry of the City of Light, Binoche plays the social-worker sister of an ailing former chorus boy. She cares for him while he waits to get the call for a heart transplant. They provide the core story for a film that fans out to embrace diverse locations as well as vividly contrasting characters such as hearty produce vendors and neurotic academics. It's overlong and erratic, but it's filled with perfect moments, including a confrontation between Binoche and her co-workers that provides a rare cinematic reflection of the potential tyranny of egalitarianism.
Michael Jackson's This Is It: (Columbia Pictures) A documentary chronicles the pop star's final months as he prepares for a series concerts in London.
Opening next Friday
A Woman in Berlin: (Strand Releasing) A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin during the last days of World War II.
Opening Nov. 6
The Box: (Warner Bros.) A suburban couple face a moral dilemma when they receive an anonymous wooden box promising $1 million for pushing a button that will cause the death of another person. With Cameron Diaz.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: (Walt Disney Pictures) Director Robert Zemeckis captures the classic Dickens tale with a 3-D twist. With Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: (Overture) A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets a guy who claims to be a former member of an Army unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions. With George Clooney and Ewan McGregor.
Release dates are subject to change.