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Closer (R)

Director: Mike Nichols. With Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen. (101 min.)

Sterritt *** See review on page 13.

Conspiracy of Silence (Not rated)

Director: John Deery. With Jonathan Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Quarshie. (87 min.)

Sterritt ** A student is expelled from his Roman Catholic seminary for almost no reason at all, and an idealistic reporter finds sinister links with a recent suicide and a history of scandal that's been hushed up all too well. The story meanders, but the subject is timely and important.

Deserted Station (Not rated)

Director: Alireza Raisian. With Leila Hatami, Mehran Rajabi, Nezam Manouchehri, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat. (93 min.)

Sterritt **** Gentle, human-scaled drama about a feisty Iranian jack-of-all-trades who enters the lives of a photographer and his wife when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Intimate and engaging. In Farsi with subtitles.

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (Not rated)

Director: Vikram Jayanti. With Garry Kasparov, Joel Benjamin, archive material of Anatoli Karpov, Terry Wogan. (90 min.)

Sterritt **** The world's greatest chess player lost a match to IBM's gigantic Deep Blue computer in 1997, and this sensational documentary revisits the games - as well as charges that the IBM team played fast and loose with the rules. Gripping, suspenseful, and spiced with fascinating information about the long history of chess between human and mechanical opponents.

House of Flying Daggers (PG-13)

Director: Zhang Yimou. With Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Dandan Song. (119 min.)

Sterritt **** See review at right.

Sex/Nudity: 5 instances. Violence: 15 Profanity: None. Drugs: 3 scenes with drinking.

Lost Boys of Sudan (Not rated)

Directors: Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk. With Peter Kon Dut, Santino Majok Chuor. (87 min.)


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