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Che: (IFC Films) In 1956, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. With Julia Ormond and Rodrigo Santoro.

The Class : (Sony Pictures Classics) Cultures and attitudes clash in the classroom as teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. With Francois Begaudeau.

Medicine for Melancholy (IFC) Two black 20-somethings struggle to find a place in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. With Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins.

Watchmen: (Warner Bros.) Disillusioned costumed heroes emerge from retirement after one of their own is mysterious murdered. With Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman.

Release dates are subject to change.

LAST CALL

Oscar-Nominated Short Films : **** Thanks to the Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore has become a major hub for shorts, so it's not surprising that the Charles' slate of 2009 Oscar-nominated shorts (live action and animation) has been held over for another week. Grab this chance to see a spectacular roster of diverse movies. There are only two clunkers in the bunch, and the remaining eight range from good to great.

Michael Sragow

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