Girls’ Night Out
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Julie & Julia
Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
What does a woman fed up with her boring secretarial job do? She usually quits and tries to find another job, but not in this film. Adams’ character decides to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year, and discovers that with passion and audacity anything is possible. She also gains 100 pounds. No, just kidding.
My Sister’s Keeper
Starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, and Alec Baldwin.
In this movie based on the novel by Jodi Piccoult, Anna has been going through countless procedures since childhood so that her older sister Kate, who has leukemia, can stay alive. But when her sister needs one of her kidneys, Anna begins to question if it is right to infringe upon her life to save her sister’s.
Holding Hands in the Back Row
New York, I Love You
Starring Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci, Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon, and Ethan Hawke.
Based on the award-winning feature film Paris, je t’aime 12 directors explore their separate stories of love and life in the Big Apple. Each story is short and lovely, so even those with the attention span of a fly can enjoy this one.
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Imagination Doesn’t Disappear With Age
Where the Wild Things Are
Starring Mark Ruffalo, James Gadolfini, and Forest Whitaker.
Director Spike Jonze refurbishes this 1963 children’s book about a kid who is sent up to his room with no supper and imagines himself on an island inhabited by wild and hairy, yet friendly, giants.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Watson.
Just like Freddy Krueger, Harry Potter keeps on coming back, except that the kids actually love him. In this sixth film, Harry learns more about the past of the evil Voldemort, who is rising steadily toward power, making his creator J.K. Rowling a very rich lady.
For Those Who Enjoy Their Solitude
(and go to the movies alone)
The Burning Plain
Starring Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron
This film, written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the writer of 21 Grams and Babel, presents another series of interwoven stories that deal with a common theme. Four main characters search for redemption as they make life-and-death decisions.