Thirteen (2003, 100 minutes) -- "The Village" and "Open Water" are onscreen now, but for a real scare, don't miss "Thirteen," first-time director Catherine Hardwicke's chilling portrait of an adolescent girl (Evan Rachel Wood) who, under the influence of a sociopathic friend (co-writer Nikki Reed) descends into a world of sex, drugs and self-destruction. Sobering and affecting, the film has a sharp eye and ear for the teenage vernacular at its most startlingly precocious. "Thirteen" made its cable premiere on Cinemax last week; check local listings. (Rated R for drug use, self-destructive violence, language and sexuality -- all involving young teens.)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962, 126 minutes) -- Some critics have hailed Jonathan Demme's adaptation of the Richard Condon novel; it's made others' heads come to a point. In any event, this seems like a good time to revisit John Frankenheimer's classic -- one of the greatest American political thrillers of all time -- starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury. MGM last month released a remastered special edition DVD, which along with commentary by Frankenheimer and a 1988 interview with him, Sinatra and screenwriter George Axelrod, features new interviews with Lansbury and director William Friedkin. (Rated PG-13 for adult themes.)

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003, 121 minutes) -- Wolfgang Becker's post-Cold War comedy stars Daniel Bruhl as a young man who after the Berlin Wall falls must convince his ailing mother (Kathrin Sass) that it's still intact, lest she have a heart attack. Finding whimsy in the most unlikely subjects, "Good Bye, Lenin!" reveals with heart and intelligence that not all post-Communist citizens are as charmed by the free market as capitalists think they should be. (In German with subtitles, not rated.)

Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh in a scene from the 1962 classic "The Manchurian Candidate."