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Screens That's a wrap 

The low-down on this week's premieres

Following in the large footsteps of the rhinos, elephants, and zebras that stampeded through 1995’s Jumanji, Zathura, also based on a Chris Van Allsburg children’s book, tells the story of another board-game adventure in which two brothers find an intergalactic game that transports their home into outer space.

From first-time director Shane Black, the screenwriter of all four Lethal Weapon films, comes Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a film about a petty criminal who masquerades as a movie star, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.

In Derailed, married man Charles Schine (Clive Owen) begins an affair with the also-married Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston). When a criminal finds out about their casual encounters he blackmails them and threatens to destroy their families with news of their indiscretion.

Six-time Academy Award-nominated director and screenwriter Jim Sheridan (In America) delves into the hip-hop world with Get Rich or Die Tryin’. The film, based on the life of 50 Cent, stars the popular rapper as a drug dealer trying to follow his dream to become a rap star.

When a dead girl is found in the hotel room of ’50s comedy team Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth), the laughter ends, as does the duo’s partnership, in Where the Truth Lies. But when journalist Karen O’Connor (Alison Lohman) decides to turn the mysterious murder into a story 15 years later, the truth begins to surface.

Two boys find relief in a Maoist reeducation camp through love and literature in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

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.

Kiko Martinez


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