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New Movies week of Sept. 3

film_nine9 Rookie filmmaker Shane Acker expands his Oscar-nominated animation short into this "stitchpunk" puppet-animation feature. In a post-apocalyptic future, after the machines have oblitrated humanmankind, it's up to a plucky band of hybrid creatures imbued with the spark of life to revive the spirit of humanity. Elijah Wood, Christpher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, and John C. Reilly provide voices.  (PG-13) 79 minutes.

 

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GAMER Gerard Butler stars in this sci-fi thriller set in a future where humans manipulate other humans in real-life gaming environments. Butler is a player battling for his life in one such game who plots to destroy the game's creator, free himself, and end the game. Michael C. Hall, and Ludacris co-star for co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the Crank franchise). (R) 95 minutes.

 

 

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CARRIERS Chris Pine (last seen as young James T. Kirk in Star Trek) stars in this thriller about four young people on the lam as a deadly, viral epidemic sweeps across the country. Piper Perabo and Lou Taylor Pucci co-star; Alex and David Pastor direct. (PG-13)

 

 

 

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ALL ABOUT STEVE Sandra Bullock stars in this romantic stalker comedy about a woman so nuts about a CNN reporter (Bradley Cooper), that she starts following him around the country, trying to convince him she's his soul mate. Thomas Haden Church co-stars for director Phil Traill. (PG-13)

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