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GIGANTIC—Quirky romantic-comedy-drama indie about—ahh, read the review, there’s no way to summarize this one in a single sentence. Starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, John Goodman, and Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Matt Aselton. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills

IS ANYBODY THERE—Drama starring Michael Caine as an elderly performer who bonds with a ten-year-old boy, the son of the owners of the old-age home he has moved into. Co-starring Bill Milner. Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey and Rosemary Harris. Directed by John Crowley (Boy A). Reviewed this issue. North Park

LYMELIFE—In the late 1970s, a failing marriage spreads pain throughout a Long Island family. With Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, and Cynthia Nixon. Directed by Derick and Steven Martini. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills

NEXT DAY AIR—Comedy about the chaos that ensues when a shipment of mob drugs is accidentally delivered to a pair of inept crooks. Starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris and Mos Def. Directed by Benny Boom. Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Hollywood, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

PARIS 36—In the turbulent year of 1936, the staff and performers from a closed theater in Paris try to re-open it. With Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard, and Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Directed by Christophe Barratier (The Chorus). Reviewed this issue. Amherst

STAR TREK—It’s never going away, is it? Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Winona Ryder. Directed by J. J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Hollywood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

Et Cetera:

ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1962)—Best known as the film debut of a young Brooke Shields, this religious-themed thriller stars Paula E. Sheppard (Liquid Sky) as a girl suspected of murdering her sister and other parishioners in her New Jersey town. Released on video in cut form as Communion and Holy Terror, this restored version is worth a look for horror buffs. Fri 9:15 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in the Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst 837-0376

GLOBAL SUPER-8 DAY—Local connection of the international celebration devoted to the work of filmmakers using the low-cost film format. Fri 8pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main Street (884-7172)

THE NANNY (Great Britain, 1965)—Midway through her decade of crazy old lady roles, Bette Davis starred in this Hammer studios thriller as a nanny with a failing grip on reality. With Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, Pamela Franklin, and Maurice Denham. Directed by Seth Holt (Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb). Fri, Tues 7:30 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376)

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET—Tim Burton takes a stab at the Steven Sondheim musical about class struggle and cannibalism. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Fri. midnight. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295)