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Offside (PG)

Director: Jafar Panahi. With Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Ayda Sadeqi. (93 min.)

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, Jafar Panahi's "Offside" is a small-scale movie that actually says quite a lot. In Iran, women are not allowed into the soccer stadiums to watch the matches. Despite the law, girls disguised as boys often attempt to infiltrate the matches. "Offside" is about the travails of a group of girls who are caught and taken to a holding area on the upper tier of the stadium by young soldiers who, in many ways, are as naive as they are. The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare. Grade: A–
– Peter Rainer

Reign Over Me (R)

Director: Mike Binder. With Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Liv Tyler. (124 min.)

Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle), a highly successful dentist, lost touch with his old dental school roommate Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) after Charlie's wife and children perished on 9/11. Alan learns that Charlie has given up his practice and become a recluse. As he tries to help Charlie, Alan finds his efforts are hurting his own family life and practice, but eventually everyone begins to see a light at the end of the tunnel. This sometimes touching drama has its funny moments, but it's a rare opportunity to see Sandler in a serious role. Grade: B
–M.K. Terrell

Shooter (R)
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