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Dark Water (Temná voda) - Horror by Walter Salles, Jr. Continuing Hollywood's obsession with Japanese horror movies, Brazilian filmmaker Salles directs Jennifer Connelly in this remake of Hideo Nakata's Ring. Connelly plays Dahlia, a recent divorcee trying to begin a new life with her young daughter. When the spirit of a young girl begins to appear in her new apartment, the tormented Dahlia struggles to differentiate between reality and her imagination. John C Reilly, Tim Roth, and Dougray Scott also star.


Four Brothers (Štyria bratia) - Drama by John Singleton. Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre

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Benjamin (Andre 3000 Outkast), and Garrett Hedlund play four men of different races all raised by the same

woman. When their adopted mother is shot and killed during a robbery, the four brothers band together to avenge her murder.



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Vera Drake (Dve tváre Very Drake) - Drama by Mike Leigh. Though not quite on the level of

his masterpiece, 1996's Secrets & Lies, Leigh's latest is a characteristically restrained (well, mostly), yet highly

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emotional film full of heartbreaking moments and powerful acting. Imelda Staunton is superb as the title character, a middle-aged English woman whose indiscriminating compassion comes back to haunt her when the authorities discover she has been helping poor young women have abortions.


The Jacket (Zvieracia kazajka) - Thriller by John Maybury. Adrien Brody plays Jack, a Gulf War veteran committed to a mental institution for allegedly killing a police officer. His memories of the event

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clash with the claims of the mental institution's doctors, who champion a violent sort of rehabilitation. While withstanding torturous therapy, Jack has visions of his past and of a future with Jackie (Keira Knightley), a grown-up version of a young girl he tried to save during the police standoff.


Prepared by Jonathan Knapp

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