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Ann Hornaday on Upcoming Movie Releases

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Alien is back for a special 30th-anniversary, one-week screening. At AFI Silver Theatre. Through Sept. 17.

18 -- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (3-D) will draw kids and nostalgic Gen-Yers alike for this adaptation of the popular children's book about a town where food falls from the sky like rain.

18 -- Jennifer's Body explores a darker side of "Juno" filmmaker Diablo Cody in this film about a popular high school girl (Megan Fox) who becomes possessed by a demon.

18 -- Love Happens asks one physician to heal himself: A therapist struggling with his own relationship issues (Aaron Eckhart) meets a florist who has sworn off men (Jennifer Aniston). But will these two find love in this romantic dramedy?

18 -- "Munyurangabo, a.k.a. Liberation Day" is the story of two Rwandan teens who, 15 years after the genocide, travel the countryside on a quest for justice. Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung appears in person at the Friday and Saturday screenings. At AFI Silver Theatre. Through Sept. 22.

18 -- The Burning Plain tells the story of a restaurant manager grappling with her mysterious, sexually charged past in this drama from Guillermo Arriaga, the writer of "Babel" and "21 Grams."

18 -- The Informant! Matt Damon turns whistle-blower but frustrates the FBI by changing his story to protect himself in this comedy based on a true story.

18 -- Teza is legendary Washington-based filmmaker Haile Gerima's long-awaited follow-up to his 1993 film "Sankofa." Here, an Ethiopian medical student studying in Germany returns to his native country to discover that it is embroiled in turmoil.

18 -- Earth Days is a documentary that chronicles the birth of the environmental movement with the publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," culminating in the first Earth Day in 1970.

18 -- Fuel is a nonfiction film essay about one man's 11-year search for solutions to America's dependence on oil.

23 -- The AFI Latin American Film Festival will be the biggest yet in 20 years, with more than 30 films from 20 Latin American countries. Highlights: "Voy a Explotar" (I'm Gonna Explode), a tale of young lovers on the run; "Tony Manero," a disco-infused black comedy; and oddball love story "Gigante." At AFI Silver Theatre. Through Oct. 12.

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