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HOLIDAY SNEAKS | THE LIST

Was this on your wish list?

For the holidays, Hollywood is giving Christmas fantasy, comedy, mayhem, music and lots of war.

November 04, 2007

Hayden Christensen plays a man who experiences "anesthetic awareness" during surgery -- he remains conscious but paralyzed -- while his new wife (Jessica Alba) suffers psychological problems of her own. With Lena Olin and Terrence Howard. Written and directed by Joby Harold. Weinstein Co. / MGM

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Diva

French director Jean-Jacques Beineix's stylish 1981 debut stars Frederic Andrei as a young Parisian postman and opera connoisseur whose attempt to secretly record an African American singer entangles him with cops, mobsters, Taiwanese record pirates and an enigmatic playboy. With Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Chantal Deruaz, Richard Bohringer and Thuy An Luu. In French with English subtitles. Rialto Pictures

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Sex and Breakfast

Two young couples experiment with anonymous group sex and find they have to rethink their attitudes toward relationships, sex, love and communication. Written and directed by Miles Brandman. Macaulay Culkin, Eliza Dushku, Kuno Becker, Alexis Dziena and Joanna Miles star. Brandman Productions

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The Violin

In a Mexican village under siege by the military, the patriarch of a family of farmers and musicians plots to recover a stash of munitions to aid the resistance. Angel Tavira stars. Written and directed by Francisco Vargas. In Spanish with English subtitles. Film Movement

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, November 10, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 50 words Type of Material: Correction
Holiday Sneaks: In the Nov. 4 Calendar roundup of movies due this season, the item regarding "The Great Debaters" should have credited the film to MGM, the distributor, as well as the Weinstein Co. Also, the film "What Would Jesus Buy?" will open Nov. 21, not Nov. 23 as listed.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, November 11, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 50 words Type of Material: Correction
Holiday Sneaks: In the Nov. 4 Calendar roundup of movies due this season, the item regarding "The Great Debaters" should have credited the film to MGM, the distributor, as well as the Weinstein Co. Also, the film "What Would Jesus Buy?" will open Nov. 21, not Nov. 23 as listed.

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Yiddish Theater: A Love Story

Zypora Spaisman, an octogenarian actress and Holocaust survivor, maintains Folksbiene, the oldest running Yiddish theater in America, during a harsh New York winter in this documentary. With Shifra Lerer, Felix Fibich and Seymour Rechzeit. Directed by Dan Katzir. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles. New Love Films

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Dec. 5

Juno

Ellen Page plays a pregnant teen who tries to find the right set of adoptive parents for her unborn baby in this seriocomic tale from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. With Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Thirlby, Allison Janney and Rainn Wilson. Fox Searchlight

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Dec. 7

The Amateurs

Jeff Bridges stars as a man in midlife crisis who gathers his friends and associates to make an adult movie. With Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Written and directed by Michael Traeger. First Look Studios

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Atonement

A false accusation by a budding, 13-year-old writer haunts her life and those of her older sister and the man she wronged in this adaptation of Ian McEwan's decades-spanning novel. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave. Screenplay by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Joe Wright ("Pride & Prejudice"). Focus Features

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The Band's Visit

An Egyptian police Orchestra's trip to Israel yields unexpected cultural exchanges when they are mistakenly directed to a small village where they must spend a night. With Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Avraham, Khalifa Natour and Rubi Moscovich. Written and directed by Eran Kolirin. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics

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The Golden Compass

A young girl undertakes a magical quest in a parallel universe in this adaptation of Philip Pullman's prize-winning fantasy tale "Northern Lights." Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott and Ian McShane star. Written and directed by Chris Weitz. New Line Cinema

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Grace Is Gone

A father (John Cusack) struggles with telling his two young daughters that their mother has been killed while serving in the U.S. armed forces in Iraq. With Alessandro Nivola, Shelan O'Keefe and Gracie Bednarczyk. Written and directed by James C. Strouse. Weinstein Co.

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Lagerfeld Confidential

The mystique of the German-born fashion designer is lifted in this documentary that goes behind the sunglasses to capture his daily life. Written and directed by Rodolphe Marconi. With Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman and Princess Caroline of Monaco. In French with English subtitles. Koch Lorber Films

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Looking for Cheyenne

Financial and career problems drive a wedge between two women in love with each other, when one of them has to leave Paris and move to the French countryside. With Mila Dekker, Aurelia Petit and Malik Zidi. Written and directed by Valerie Minetto. In French with English subtitles. Regent Releasing / Here! Films

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Man in the Chair

A troubled, aspiring young filmmaker finds unlikely allies in the retired residents of the motion picture home. With Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh and Robert Wagner. Written and directed by Michael Schroeder. Outside Entertainment

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Midnight Eagle

Takao Osawa stars in this action-thriller as a photojournalist who witnesses the crash of a U.S. stealth plane and is embroiled in the search for its lethal payload and the global implications that accompany it. Directed by Izuru Narushima. Written by Yasuo Hasegawa, Kenzaburo Iida, based on the novel by Tetsuo Takashima. In Japanese with English subtitles. Strand Releasing

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Protagonist

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