COUNTRY STRONG

No, really: Gwyneth Paltrow plays a country music star trying to rebound following some kind of career burnout in booze. Co-starring Tim McGraw as her manager/husband, Garett Hedlund as an up-and-coming songwriter who might have the song to right her career, and—again: no, really—

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Gossip Girl

’s Leighton Meester as the new country starlet on the block. Paltrow’s performance is getting great word-of-mouth chatter online, but that as of press time no promotional or press screening of it had been announced doesn’t bode well.

Opens Jan. 7.

FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY

Diminutive Filipino actor Weng Weng stars as agent 003 1/2 in this 1981 atrocity riffing on James Bond flicks for tonight’s Mondo Baltimore screening. Kristen Anchor leads off with her most awesome “Action, Action!” live mashup.

At the Windup Space Jan. 6 at 8

p.m

.

SEASON OF THE WITCH

Arguably the first great Donovan song title to be turned into a sword-and-sorcery actioner starring Nicolas Cage.

Swordfish

’s Dominic Sena helms this thriller about a pair of 14th-century crusaders (Cage and Ron Perlman) who have to escort a supposed witch (Claire Foy) to a monastery for some ritual. Presumably, middle-ages hell eventually breaks loose. Does this mean we’ll eventually get to see Jason Statham star in

Sunshine Superman

?

Opens Jan. 7.

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TOY STORY 3

The previous

Toy Story

movies featured flashes of the pain and desperation of toys, like pets, desperate for their owners’ love and attention. In

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, it’s nearly constant, with the toys devising elaborate schemes to recapture Andy’s attention and being stricken when they fail. A Rube Goldberg plot machination sends them on their way to neighborhood preschool Sunnyside, where it appears their deferred dreams of a lifetime of affection and use will come true. But Sunnyside’s name turns out to be a sinister joke thanks to a faux-folksy strawberry-scented teddy named Lotso (Ned Beatty) and his genuinely creepy henchman Big Baby. Suddenly,

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is a prison-break flick. This is a much darker movie than the previous two, and while younger kids will most likely love it, they may want to watch the last half from your lap. (Lee Gardner)

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium Jan. 8 at 2

p.m

.

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