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The low-down on this week’s premieres

Fourteen years after Sharon Stone (Casino) ice-picked her way to stardom in Basic Instinct, the Academy Award-nominated actress reprises her role as bisexual murderer Catherine Tramell in the sequel, Basic Instinct 2, minus Michael Douglas. Now settled in London, the sexy novelist is in trouble with the law again and is appointed to Dr. Michael Glass (English actor David Morrissey) for evaluation. Mind and sex games ensue.

In the urban coming-of-age film ATL, after the death of his parents 17-year-old Rashad (Tip Harris) must look after his younger brother Ant (Evan Ross) in their South Atlanta neighborhood. But drug dealers on the prowl for new recruits tempt Ant with promises of fast money.

With the icy tundra around them slowly melting away, Arctic friends Diego (Dennis Leary), Manny (Ray Romano), and Sid (John Leguizamo) undertake a journey to warn the other animals about the rise in temperature in the animated sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown. Scrat, the twitchy squirrel-like character, also returns with his elusive acorn.

Wormy aliens writhe over a small town and turn the residents into zombies and monsters in the horror-comedy Slither. The film stars Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) and Nathan Fillion (Serenity).

Taking home the Oscar for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film, Tsotsi tells the story of a young Johannesburg gang leader (Presley Chweneyagae) as he lives a life of petty crime and faces his troubled childhood.

In the documentary Unknown White Male, first-time director Rupert Murray tells the true story of Doug Bruce, a man who attempts to rediscover himself after waking up on Coney Island with total amnesia.

Kiko Martinez

Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.


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