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Little Rock moviegoers can be excited this weekend - a first for this new film year.  Although "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is a film that premiered in 2007, it's a great get for Matt Smith at Market Street Cinema.  I saw the film at Lincoln Plaza in New York.  It's extraordinary.  As Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote, "It’s a pitiless, violent story that in its telling becomes a haunting and haunted intellectual and aesthetic achievement."  It was also shamelessly overlooked for a Best Foriegn Film Oscar.

"Stop Loss," from "Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Peirce is another Iraw war film.  But as Pete Travers of Rolling Stones notes, it might be better than all the rest, "Stop-Loss has the juice to break the jinx. The emotional battlefield on which Peirce paints her canvas strikes a universal chord that transcends politics and preaching."

"21" is a film based loosely on the life of Jeff Ma, who along with some of his MIT buddies, developed a card counting system that took Vegas for millions.  It stars Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Jim Sturgess from "Across the Universe,"  Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly writes, "The fun of 21 is the way that this sharp, hyperaware star in the making, his face as readable as a mood ring, pours us into an adrenalized cocktail of fear, desire, and mental buzz."

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