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JANUARY 2008

CASSANDRA’S DREAM: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Hayley Atwell, Tom Wilkinson, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Uthwaite (Written and directed by Woody Allen; Wild Bunch) Rumored to be Woody Allen’s darkest film ever, this London-set drama scrutinizes the unraveling relationship between two down-on-their-luck Cockney brothers (McGregor and Farrell). Why the bad blood? Blame it on Angela (Hayley Atwell), a gold-digging hottie who lures the siblings into a world of slime-crime, managing in the process to seduce one of them and traumatize the other. To read Guy Flatley's 1978 Los Angeles Times interview with Woody Allen, click here. Now Playing

MAD MONEY: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson, Adam Rothenberg (Directed by Callie Khouri; Written by Glenn Gers; Overture Films) What’s Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton), a cultured upper-class wife and mom, to do when Don (Ted Danson), her corporate-executive husband, is shown the door by his heartless firm? If she’s a flaky, latter-day Annie Hall, she blithely gets the only kind of job available to a woman of a certain age with no work history and a useless English degree. She picks up a bucket of water and starts mopping away at the Federal Reserve Bank. Not only does she rapidly become a first-rate janitor, but (with the help of a couple of sticky-fingered sister-employees played by Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes), a breadwinner to make her downsized hubby drool with envy. To read Guy Flatley's 1974 Los Angeles Times interview with Diane Keaton, click here. Now Playing

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alex Potocean, Luminita Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu (Written and directed by Cristian Mungiu; IFC Films) It’s 1987 in Bucharest, and a college student, with the help of her roommate, tracks down a man whose line of business is performing illegal abortions. What the pregnant woman and her friend do not bargain for is the abortionist’s demand for more money than previously agreed upon, as well as his insistence that they submit to his cold-blooded rape. Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's harrowing drama won the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Festival. For the Variety review of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," click here. Opens 1/25

THE AIR I BREATHE: Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Bacon, Andy Garcia, Julie Delpy, Emile Hirsch (Directed by Jieho Lee; Written by Jieho Lee and Bob DeRosa) According to a Chinese proverb, the key components of human existence are happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. Or so say the makers of this film. To hammer home the point, writer-director Jieho Lee and co-author Bob DeRosa explore the emotionally charged stories of a banker (Forest “happiness” Whitaker), a gangster (Brendan “pleasure” Fraser), a pop performer (Sarah Michelle “sorrow” Gellar) and a doctor (Kevin “love” Bacon). The members of this quartet tangle and untangle with one another on their life-and-death trudge to spiritual fulfillment, helped and possibly hindered by their close encounters with a criminal mastermind played by Andy Garcia. Opens 1/25