ADAM

In the opening scenes of writer/director Max Mayer’s drama about a man suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, Adam (Hugh Dancy) is at his father’s funeral. While you never see his dad, you get the sense that Adam’s going to be lost without him. After all, this is a guy who eats the same thing every day and keeps his brownstone apartment in meticulous order. Asperger’s is a mild form of autism that makes it difficult for Adam to communicate, even though he’s physicist-smart. So when he meets his lovely brunette neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne), he has trouble telling her how much he likes her, though at one point he blurts out that he’s sexually aroused. And yet, the two begin a relationship that goes along smoothly until, in predictable fashion, Adam has one of his fits, forcing Beth to break up with him. The movie’s trajectory is more that of a made-for-TV special than a feature, and its subplot concerning Beth’s fraudulent father (Peter Gallagher) is completely extraneous. While Dancy and Byrne have pretty decent chemistry, the whole thing is pretty schmaltzy. (Jeff Niesel)

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At Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium Oct. 4 at 7:30

p.m

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HATCHET II

Writer/director Adam Green follows up his 2006 comedy/horror about an ax-wielding psychopath in the bayous around New Orleans with this sequel, in which the final girl Marybeth (Danielle Harris this time around) returns to Crescent City. Mercedes McNab—aka

Buffy

/

Angel

’s Harmony—returns in this one too.

Opens Oct. 1

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JACK GOES BOATING

Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his feature directorial debut in this bittersweet romantic comedy about the titular Jack (Hoffman), a socially awkward limo driver who aspires to greater things: to learn how to swim, to go boating, and to have a conversation with the pretty Connie (Amy Ryan), whom his friends have set him up with, that doesn’t detour into the maladroit. Bob Glaudini adapted his own play that Hoffman and his co-stars John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega performed off-Broadway.

Opens Oct. 1 at the Charles Theater

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Felicity

writer and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves directs this American remake of the 2008 Swedish drama about a young boy whose latest playmate turns out to need blood.

Kick-Ass

’ Chloë Moretz stars alongside Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas.

Opens Oct. 1

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STILL BILL

Directors Damani Baker and Alex Vlack’s 2009 documentary offers a portrait of 1970s soul legend Bill Withers.

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium Oct. 2 at 2

p.m

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