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155 30 OCTOBER 2003
Opening This Weekend

“Alien: The Director’s Cut”
4 reels (out of four)
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“Autumn Spring”
First Look Pictures
Rated PG-13
Opening at the Broadway
(Not reviewed)

Vlastimil Brodsky, best known in the United States for 1974’s “Jacob the Liar,” made his final performance in Vladimír Michálek’s “Autumn Spring” before his death in April 2002. Fittingly, the film is about enjoying life instead of preparing for death. Brodsky plays an old man who still cherishes pranks and wit over responsibility, even as his wife pesters him and his son tries to put him into an old-folks home.

“Brother Bear”
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated G
(Not reviewed)

Disney’s latest two-dimensional film “Brother Bear” is about an American Indian boy who, seeking revenge on a bear, turns into one himself. But it’s really about comic relief moose, as the trailer suggests. Word on the street seems to be that it’s good family entertainment, though probably not among the great Disney masterpieces. But I haven’t seen it, so who knows?

“In the Cut”
2 reels (out of four)
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“In This World”
Sundance Film Series
Rated R
Opening at the Tower
(Not reviewed)

After “24 Hour Party People,” English director Michael Winterbottom moves back to more depressing, political territory with “In This World,” which won the prestigious Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. In the film, two Afghan refugees, playing themselves, try to escape from a camp in Peshawar to Great Britain. People smugglers take them on a route through the dangerous “silk road.”

“The Station Agent”
3.5 reels (out of four)
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