Cheri *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) In this exquisite adaptation, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend play two voluptuaries - an aging courtesan and the son of one of her friends. They don't realize how deeply they have fallen in love, and they break up without realizing what it will do to them. Pfeiffer provides a rare sensual depiction of maturity; director Stephen Frears conjures a world where anything goes as long as the environment stays stylish. Although it's been shockingly slighted by national media, Cheri is one of the best films of the year.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: (Warner Bros.) Harry starts his sixth year at Hogwarts and soon begins lessons with Dumbledore that reveal more about Voldemort's history in the hopes of learning how to defeat him. With Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
Opening next Friday
Rashomon : (Janus Films) A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. The Senator Theatre presents a restoration of the classic film. With Toshir? Mifune and Machiko Ky?.
The Stoning of Soraya M. : (Roadside Attractions) In 1986 Iran, a woman convicted on trumped-up charges of adultery faces execution by stoning. Based on a true story. With Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Caviezel.
Release dates are subject to change.