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The Lunchbox, Noah, Sabotage, and Alphaville

THE LUNCHBOX

A relationship blossoms in Mumbai as the result of a mixed-up delivery in this debut feature film from director Ritesh Batra. When an oft-ignored housewife's homemade lunch for her husband winds up being delivered to an accountant/widower nearing his retirement, the wife, realizing the mistake, sends the man a note-along with another meal-airing her grievances about her aloof husband. A correspondence is struck up. A prime offering for foodies and fans of the likes of

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You've Got Mail

and its predecessor,

The

Shop Around the Corner

.

Opens March 28 at the Charles Theatre

NOAH

A Beautiful Mind

's Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly reunite as man and wife-turned-zookeepers in this big-screen adaptation of the diluvial tale. Director Darren Aronofsky dispenses with the infallible creator bit right off the bat, and Crowe again assumes the raging-wise-man mantle that we've seen in

Gladiator

et al.; this time, he's building an ark and fending off the sinners who want on. Despite the plot's religious origins, the film promises to be a biblical disaster movie like every other disaster movie you've seen, with the requisite environmentalism angle wedged in too.

Opens March 28

SABOTAGE

The Governator stars as the leader of a Navy SEALs-level-elite troop of DEA agents who execute a multimillion-dollar raid of a drug cartel's stash. When someone starts picking off members of the squad, Schwarzenegger must question whether it's in an inside job. A bundle of big guns, explosions, and tired, cheesy one-liners like "Cleanup, aisle 3" are worked into Skip Woods and David Ayers' script.

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Opens March 28

ALPHAVILLE

French-American singer-turned-actor Eddie Constantine reprised his role as audacious secret agent Lemmy Caution (from a popular series of pulp novels and films) in this 1965 Jean-Luc Godard film, but here, the unusually tired-looking character, clad in a trenchcoat, embarks on his mission in a technocratic dystopian future. No special effects were used to make the science fiction/film noir mashup, which was shot in Paris. It serves as the hand-in-glove followup to the Charles Revival Series' previous selection, Jean Cocteau's

Orpheus

, which heavily influenced the world Godard creates in

Alphaville

.

Plays at the Charles Theatre March 29 at 11:30 a.m., March 31 at 7 p.m., and April 3 at 9 p.m.

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