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The Butterfly (Not rated)

Director: Philippe Muyl. With Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Pierre Poirot, Nade Dieu. (85 min)

Sterritt ** An elderly butterfly collector tracks down a rare species while minding a little girl who's run away from her single mom. It's all very sweet and occasionally touching. More lasting shots of more beautiful butterflies would have added a lot, though. In French with English subtitles.

Calendar Girls (PG-13)

Director: Nigel Cole. With Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett, John Alderton. (108 min)

Sterritt ** See review, page 18.

Cinemania (Not rated)

Directors: Angela Christlieb, Stephen Kijak. With Jack Angstreich, Harvey Schwartz, Roberta Hill. (83 min)

Sterritt **** What if nothing on earth interested you except going to the movies, and you had the leisure time to do it? The impassioned New Yorkers profiled in this documentary aren't critics or film profs, just folks who think the good life means racing from one screen to another as many hours each day as possible. Think of the intricate schedules to be drawn up and split-second travel routes to be plotted out! You may become a cinemaniac yourself after sitting through this beauty.

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara (PG-13)

Director: Errol Morris. With Robert S. McNamara, Errol Morris. (107 min.)

Sterritt **** Morris turns his unblinking documentary eye on the controversial secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, punctuating interview segments with archival footage and other historical material. Among the film's many revelations is the fact that Robert McNamara today has far more complex and conflicted views of the Vietnam War - which he helped orchestrate and direct - than either his champions or detractors may expect. As in Morris movies like "Gates of Heaven" and "The Thin Blue Line," the filmmaking is meticulous and the ideas are endlessly thought-provoking.

House of Sand and Fog (R)
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