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Batman Begins (PG-13)

Director: Christopher Nolan. With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman. (141 min.)

Sterritt ** See review, at right.

Café Lumière (Not rated)

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien. With Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Kimiko Yo, Nenji Kobayashi. (104 min.)

Sterritt **** A pregnant young woman and a bookstore owner deal gently, if uncertainly, with life's vicissitudes. Hou, the best of today's Taiwanese filmmakers, dedicates this cinematic marvel to Yasujiro Ozu, the best of all Japanese filmmakers. Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound. In Japanese with subtitles.

Caterina in the Big City (Not rated)

Director: Paolo Virzi. With Alice Teghil, Sergio Castellito, Federica Sbrenna, Antonio Carnevale. (90 min.)

Sterritt *** A teenage girl tries to adjust after her family moves to Rome from the Italian boondocks. This dramatic comedy is an Italian style "Mean Girls" when Castellito isn't stealing the show as a dysfunctional dad. In Italian with subtitles.

The Deal (R)

Director: Harvey Kahn. With Christian Slater, Selma Blair, John Heard, Robert Loggia. (108 min.)

Sterritt ** During a war between the US and the Arab world, a Wall Street wheeler-dealer gets seduced into a shady deal involving Russian money laundering. The subject is intriguing even if the dialogue is stilted and the acting is uneven.

Edvard Munch (Not rated)

Director: Peter Watkins. With Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Gro Jarto, Gunnar Skjetne. (174 min.)


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