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Published: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 13TICKET

"Hitchcock" (PG-13, 98 minutes, Fox): For all his creepy tendencies, Alfred Hitchcock is portrayed mostly sympathetically in "Hitchcoc." Anthony Hopkins plays the corpulent British auteur with a combination of hauteur and playfulness. Sacha Gervasi has made a strangely staid and dutiful film about a movie that changed cinema forever. Rather than take risks of its own, "Hitchcock" is content to be a safe backstage drama and an ultimately reassuring portrait of a marriage. There's something tonally off about the master of anxiety, neurosis and disquiet being depicted in a story this cozy. Contains some violent images and sexual content.

"Life of Pi" (PG, 127 minutes, Fox): By design, this adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 novel takes viewers on an epic journey, but it also plunges them into a story and myriad sub-stories. The story of Piscine Patel, also known as Pi, begins with an Edenic panorama of his youth, spent in a small zoo run by his father in Pondicherry, India. When the Patels decide to move to Canada, taking the animals with them, the trip is interrupted by a ruinous storm. Pi is thrown overboard, his only salvation a lifeboat he must share with the zoo's Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. Pi's journey with Richard Parker forms the spine of "Life of Pi," which Oscar- winning director Ang Lee infuses with the graphic, stylized boldness of illustration and moments of dazzling poetry and intimacy. Contains emotional thematic material throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.


"Rise of the Guardians," "This Must Be the Place," "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away," "Pressed," "Smashed," "The Flat" (Israel), "Ode to Billy Joe" (1976) and "The Return of The Beverly Hillbillies" (1981).

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