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BELLA

An ex-soccer star (Mexican pop and telenovela star Eduardo Verastegui), now a chef at his brother’s New York restaurant, plays hooky with a waitress (Tammy Blanchard) who’s just discovered she might be pregnant in this People’s Choice award-winner from last year’s Toronto Film Festival. At multiple locations. (91 minutes) PG-13; brief disturbing images, mature themes.

DAN IN REAL LIFE

A widowed advice columnist (Steve Carell), on his way to his family’s annual reunion, meets a potential Ms. Right (Juliette Binoche), only to learn she’s the girlfriend of his playboy brother (Dane Cook). Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney co-star in this romantic comedy from “Pieces of April” writer-director Peter Hedges. At multiple locations. (99 minutes) PG-13; sexual references.

DESERT BAYOU

This documentary focuses on black survivors of Hurricane Katrina who find themselves relocated from racially diverse New Orleans to virtually all-white Utah — and facing a sometimes hostile reception. At Village Square. (90 minutes.) NR; mature themes.

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL

In this acclaimed comedy, an emotionally wounded young man (Ryan Gosling) deludes himself into thinking that a mail-order sex doll is human, prompting his brother and sister-in-law (Paul Schneider, Emily Mortimer) to seek help from the local psychologist (Patricia Clarkson). At the Suncoast. (105 minutes) PG-13; sex-related content.

LUST, CAUTION

Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee returns with a provocative espionage thriller, set in Japanese-occupied 1940s Shanghai, about a young actress (Tang Wei), assigned to seduce and help murder a Japanese collaborator, who loses herself in her role. Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Joan Chen and Wang Lee-hom co-star. In Mandarin with English subtitles. At Village Square. (158 minutes) NC-17; explicit sexual situations, violence, nudity, adult content.

SAW IV

This horror sequel explores the origins of the demented Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), as FBI profilers help a veteran detective (Costas Mandylor) put the pieces of Jigsaw’s puzzle together. At multiple locations. (108 minutes) R; grisly bloody violence and torture, profanity.

— By CAROL CLING

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