BRIEF ENCOUNTER

A British housewife (Celia Johnson) and a doctor (Trevor Howard) fall into a passionate but chaste romance in David Lean’s 1945 classic. Powerful stuff.

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BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR

A handful of recent comedies about porn either bombed (

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

) or went straight to video (

Meet Monica Velour

). Well, here comes another one, starring Adam Sandler protégé Nick Swardson.

Opens Sept. 9.

CLUNY BROWN

There’s a new print of this 1946 romantic comedy from the first king of the romcom, Ernst Lubitsch, starring Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lawford.

CONTAGION

Steven Soderbergh directs a star-heavy cast (Gwenyth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard) in a chiller about a killer virus. Just the thing you need to take your mind off things.

Opens Sept. 9.

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE

Spaniard Luis Buñuel may have had the best career twilight of any filmmaker ever. Sure, he and Salvador Dalí raised a ruckus as

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enfants terrible

with “Un Chien Andalou” and

L'Age D'or

in 1929 and 1930, respectively, but the movies that would come to represent Buñuel in top form—the 10 movies he crafted from 1961’s

Viridiana

on—were made by a man over 60. And 1972’s

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

may be his funniest and most baldly simple satirical blade. At a Parisian dinner party of upper-crusty Europeans, nothing goes right, from the drinks to the dessert. Well, make that from beginning to end

if

the meal could ever start—every time the party sits down, something goes ludicrously awry. The military shows up, curtains part to reveal the party onstage, the restaurant owner’s corpse is in the next room, it’s the wrong night, etc. Savagely witty and mirthfully anarchic,

Charm

won the 1973 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and boasts one of the most gamely giddy casts in Buñuel’s entire oeuvre. (Bret McCabe)

WARRIOR

It’s possible you don’t know who Tom Hardy (

Bronson

,

Inception

) and Joel Edgerton (

Animal Kingdom

) are yet. If this stereotypically rousing-looking boxing flick recast in the world of mixed martial arts is any good, that will probably change quickly.

Opens Sept. 9.

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