8 Mile -- There's a reason that Eminem is so popular on the hip-hop scene: He's good at what he does. And he's also quite good, it turns out, at acting, here playing a slightly less edgy version of himself in director Curtis Hanson's (L.A. Confidential) formulaic story of young men and women trying to their make dreams come true in ratty Detroit. Rapping bookends the film, and there's some in between, but most of this is a people story, not a music one. Violence does pop up, but it isn't exploited. (ES) Rated: R
Femme Fatale -- A happily married woman (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) has a secret past as a jewel thief, one who was so good she could steal the pearls right off a model at a fashion show. But $10 million can only buy so much of a new life, and now a photographer (Antonio Banderas) is threatening to release her identity. Rated: R
Frida -- Salma Hayek plays the gifted-but-troubled painter, Frida Kahlo, whose life -- and mostly her loves, including husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), Leon Trotsky (Geoffrey Rush) and numerous female lovers -- is chronicled in this elegant biopic. Also starring Ashley Judd (as Tina Modotti) and Edward Norton (as Nelson Rockefeller). Rated: R
Waking Up in Reno -- The casting alone sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson play a pair of couples en route to Reno for a monster truck show. Tensions run high in the ol' SUV as relationships are tested, lies are exposed and fidelities are breached. Rated: R
Welcome to Collinwood -- A remake of the 1958 Italian comedy, Big Deal on Madonna Street switches the locale to Cleveland, and the time frame is a question mark. William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, Luiz Guzman, a riotous Michael Jeter and others get wrapped up in a ridiculous heist plot. George Clooney -- very funny -- cameos as a crippled mastermind. Goofy, fast-paced stuff. (ES) Rated R
Das Experiment -- Inspired by the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, 20 German men agree to take part in a psychological study in which they are separated into guards and prisoners, and housed in a prison environment. The two-week experiment goes well until one of the prisoners (Moritz Bleibtreu) starts a rebellion and elicits the retaliation of the guards. Rated: R. At the Met on Mon., Nov. 11 at 5:30 and 8 pm, Wed., Nov. 13 at 8:30 pm and Thurs., Nov. 14 at 2:30, 5:30 and 8 pm.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones -- It's back, and it's ready for its close-up. November is Attack of the Clones month at the IMAX, and this combo mix of exciting action and young romance is a welcome improvement on Episode I. It's 10 years later, and young Anakin has become a feisty apprentice to Obi-Wan in the ways of the Jedi. Queen Amidala is now a senator, with assassins on her trail. Obi-Wan and Anakin do their best to save the day. Thrilling chases through the busy skies, comic relief from the robots, a terrific score and, oh yes, a few short appearances by Jar Jar Binks. (ES) Rated PG
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