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A Christmas Carol


THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE—Documentary about the five black and Latino teenagers who were falsely convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in the infamous 1989 “wilding” case. Ken Burns (The Civil War) co-directed with Sarah Burns and David McMahon. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLD’S AWAY—3D documentary centered on a performance of the popular circus that uses no animals. Directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek). Regal Elmwood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THE GUILT TRIP—Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan as mother and son taking an unexpected cross-country road trip. With Kathy Najimy and Miriam Margolyes. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

JACK REACHER—Tom Cruise as the hero of Lee Childs’ popular series of novels about a former military police captain who lives off the grid investigating lost cause crimes. Co-starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THIS IS 40—Judd Apatow’s new comedy featuring the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Knocked Up, dealing with kids, financial problems and other life issues as they turn 40. Co-starring Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and Graham Parker. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

Opening December 25:

LES MISERABLES—Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directs the long-in-coming film of the Broadway musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel about a man’s lifelong flight from injustice. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Flix, Lockport Palace

PARENTAL GUIDANCE—Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents whose ideas on child raising clash with those of their children. Co-starring Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Directed by Andy Fickman (You Again). Flix, Market Arcade

DJANGO UNCHAINED—Despite the title, Quentin Tarantino’s new movie is not a spaghetti western homage but a story about a former slave (Jamie Foxx) trying to free his wife from a Mississippi plantation. With Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Flix, Market Arcade


A CHRISTMAS CAROL (England, 1951)—Originally titled Scrooge, this is generally considered the best film version of the classic Charles Dickens story, with Alistair Sim as the infamous miser. Look for Patrick Macnee, “The Avengers’” John Steed, as the young Jacob Marley. Also starring Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Ernest Thesiger, and Hattie Jacques. Screening Room

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)—Jimmy Stewart gets to see what life for his friends and community would have been like had he never lived in Frank Capra’s holiday classic. Co-starring Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Frank Albertson, Sheldon Leonard, and Charles Lane. Screening Room

THE NUTCRACKER—The San Francisco Ballet’s annual production of what is probably the world’s most popular ballet. Screening Room

THE NUTCRACKER—From London’s Royal Opera House, directed and choreographed by Peter Wright and conducted by Koen Kessels. Amherst, Eastern Hills

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)—The original 1970s disaster movie. In one of his more ridiculous roles, Gene Hackman hams it up as a post-God is Dead priest egging a band of survivors out of an overturned luxury liner. With Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Pamela Sue Martin, and Leslie Nielsen. Directed by Ronald Neame. Screening Room

THE STORY OF FILM AN ODYSSEY—The seventh and final installment of the epic documentary by Irish film critic Mark Cousins, an ambitious history of cinema that covers the global filmmaking community from the 1890s through the present day. If you don’t have four years to spend in film school, this is the next best thing. Screening Room

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