Milk : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) It may not be a masterpiece, but it does feature masterly performances from Sean Penn as pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, James Franco as his most serious lover, and Josh Brolin as Milk's antagonist, Dan White. With Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, there's no better way to celebrate the rise of a community organizer than with this moving testament to the progress won by a man who understood building power from the ground up.
Opening next friday
Inkheart : (Warner Bros.) Brendan Fraser stars as the father of a young girl who can bring storybook characters to life. With Sienna Guillory and Paul Bettany.
Underworld 3: The Rise Of The Lycans : (Screen Gems) An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers, and their one-time slaves, the Lycans. With Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy.
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