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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Latest in Theaters: Savage Love

Slim pickings this week, with only one wide release ... and that one stars Jessica Alba. However, we'll start things off with the two Oscar-baiters (and recent Indie Spirit nominees) that are opening in limited release this weekend:

- First up is The Savages, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as estranged siblings who most overcome their differences when their father (Philip Bosco) falls ill. The critics are already loving this one, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, and all three stars are gaining awards buzz.

- Next is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's biopic about Elle France magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), who, when paralyzed by a stroke, dictates his memoirs, one blink at a time. Cynics could call it My Left Eye, but the French film (also starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Max von Sydow) is reportedly devastatingly moving and cinematically beautiful (it won the Audience Award at the recent AFI Fest).

- Hayden Christensen undergoes heart surgery, only he is Awake during the whole thing ... and hears the doctors planning to murder him! Sort of a medical version of Sorry, Wrong Number (if Barbara Stanwyck was asleep through the whole thing, that is), this thriller co-stars Jessica Alba, Lena Olin and Terrence Howard, who apparently is in everything this year (this is his fifth movie so far, with one more to go next month).

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