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FEBRUARY 2009

 

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin Long (Directed by Ken Kwapis; Written by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn; New Line Cinema)

Smart, attractive and variously driven young men and women (including Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Connelly, shown above) meet, mix, meld and sometimes split in exotic, erotic Baltimore. The star-studded story is based on the self-help book by “Sex and the City” writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo and is being directed by Ken Kwapis, who deserves credit for his contributions to television’s “The Office,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” Mention should be made, too, of Kwapis’ big-screen, big-flop “License to Wed,” starring a spectacularly unfunny Robin Williams as a man of the cloth who's determined to put Mandy Moore and John Krasinski through holy hell before deigning to marry them. To read Diane Baroni's 1998 interview with Kris Kristofferson, click here. Opens 2/6

CROSSING OVER

Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Summer Bishil, Lee Horsley (Written and directed by Wayne Kramer; The Weinstein Company)

One of the thorniest problems facing the Obama administration is that of immigration, a subject which is dramatized in “Crossing Over” by Wayne Kramer, the writer-director responsible for “The Cooler,” the 2003 sleeper starring William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Maria Bello. The new film focuses on various illegal immigrants as they encounter both cruelty and compassion in their struggle to make Los Angeles their new home. Now Playing