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Alien: The Director's Cut (R)

Director: Ridley Scott. With: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton. (120 min.)

Sterritt ** When it debuted in 1979, this claustrophobic space opera was an ambitious attempt to combine traditional sci-fi with gothic horror. Scott has trimmed a few dull moments and added a handful of effective bits removed from the original cut. The overall effect is about the same - slow start, then escalating suspense and violence. Today's shock-movie fans will enjoy shrieking at it, and others should skip it. In space, no one can hear you ask for your money back.

Girlhood (Not rated)

Director: Liz Garbus. With: Shanae and Megan. (82 min.)

Sterritt *** Documentary following the lives of two teenage girls who've been arrested and jailed for grisly crimes, showing experiences during and after incarceration. Detailed, compassionate, humane.

The Human Stain (R)

Director: Robert Benton. With: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise. (106 min.)

Sterritt ** See full review.

Shattered Glass (PG-13)

Director: Billy Ray. With: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloƫ Sevigny, Steve Zahn. (90 min.)

Sterritt **** See full review.

Suspended Animation (Not rated)

Director: John Hancock. With Alex McArthur, Laura Esterman, Fred Meyers, Sage Allen. (117 min.)

Sterritt *** This suspense-horror movie centers on an animator who gets taken captive by cannibalistic sisters, escapes, and then starts obsessively tracking down estranged members of their family so he can better understand his weird experience and maybe take revenge. Although overlong, the picture has a fair measure of jolts and surprises.

Brother Bear (G)

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