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This week's premieres.

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Closer (Na dotyk) - Drama by Mike Nichols. German-born producer/director Mike Nich-ols has been making movies about troubled sexual relationships among the young and old for decades (The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge, Working Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Now, well into his 70s, he turns to the two troubled young London couples of Patrick Marber's play Closer. Jude Law plays Dan, a writer in an increasingly draining relationship with a young American named Alice (Natalie Portman). Though he finds her beautiful and a source of writing inspiration, Dan begins to grow restless. But when he meets Anna (Julia Roberts), a photographer hired to shoot him for his upcoming book, he sees an opportunity for escape. The problem is that Anna quickly marries Larry (Clive Owen), a very masculine dermatologist who she seems reluctant to leave. This leads to extramarital affairs and plenty of deception.

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events(Rad nešťastných príhod) - Comedy by Brad Silberling. Jim Carrey stars as Count Olaf, a greedy unemployed actor who is entrusted with caring for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, three children whose wealthy parents die in a fire. When they realize that Count Olaf has his eyes on their vast inheritance, the children try to thwart his plans with help from their crazy Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) and Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly). Based on Daniel Handler's children's books, this dark family comedy also stars Catherine O'Hara, Timothy Spall, Cedric the Entertainer, Luis Guzman, and the voice of Jude Law.

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Sideways (Bokovka)- Comedy drama by Alexander Payne. It's no accident that this is probably the year's most universally praised film: This story of a wine aficiona-do/jaded schoolteacher/struggling writer (Paul Giamatti) who takes his former college roommate (Thomas Haden Church) on one last jaunt before his marriage is the perfect blend of humor and melancholy. Writer/director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Election) seems to officially be hitting his stride, and it is an absolute wonder to watch. The superb Giamatti and Church are joined by Sandra Oh and a still-gorgeous Virginia Madsen. Easily on the shortlist for best movie of the year.

Prepared by Jonathan Knapp

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