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Beauty and the Beast, Contraband, Joyful Noise, Red Desert, Two-Lane Blacktop, and What Time is it There?

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

Disney’s pre-Pixar animated blockbuster gets a 20th-anniversary 3D retool and rerelease.

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Opens Jan. 13.

CONTRABAND

Mark Wahlberg gets pulled back into another action-thriller in which he gets pulled back into the criminal life—in this case, international smuggling. One last One Last Job movie, if you will. The supporting cast includes Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, and Diego Luna, which basically cleans out a whole demo of aging Young Hollywood.

Opens Jan. 13.

JOYFUL NOISE

Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in a musical comedy about a choir competition.

Opens Jan. 13.

RED DESERT

Shot in 1964, Michelangelo Antonioni’s first film in color explores alienation via the industrial landscapes of modern Italy and gorgeous ennui queen Monica Vitti. A new print.

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP

In Monte Hellman’s 1971 cult classic, a drag racer and his mechanic (singer/songwriter James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson) travel the back roads in a souped-up, stripped-down ’55 Chevy. Before long, they’re racing a macho blowhard (Warren Oates) with a yellow GTO across the country. There’s a waifish free-spirit hitchhiker (Laurie Bird) whose presence generates what passes for dramatic tension, but in the end she hardly matters, nor does the race. But, ultimately, the film’s more hypnotic and subtly astute than boring and pointless.

WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?

The most charming and sprightly of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s films to date, 2001’s

What Time Is it There?

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offers elliptical romantic comedy by centering on a street vendor (Tsai’s regular protagonist Lee Kang-sheng) and his long-distance longing for a young woman (Chen Shiang-chyi) he sells a watch to before she leaves on a trip to Paris. The neo-New Wave magic on display here includes a cameo by Francois Truffaut’s regular protagonist Jean-Pierre Leaud.

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