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Blood Tea And Red String by Christiane Cegavske (Dir.) (Cinema Epoch 07 November, 2006 / $24.98) - A unique and charming wordless animated feature, with roots firmly planted in both surrealist and heroic fantasy traditions. (see review)

Flushed Away by David Bowers Sam Fell (Dirs) (DreamWorks Distribution LLC November 2006 / ) - Plot Synopsis: Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a beloved pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. There Roddy meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Roddy immediately wants out, or rather, up; Rita wants to be paid for her trouble; and, speaking of trouble, the villainous Toad--who royally despises all rodents equally, making no distinction between mice and rats--wants them iced ... literally. The Toad dispatches his two hapless hench-rats, Spike and Whitey, to get the job done. When they fail, the Toad has no choice but to send to France for his cousin--that dreaded mercenary, Le Frog.

Actors: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy

Stranger Than Fiction by Marc Forster (Sony Pictures Entertainment November 2006 / ) - Plot Synopsis: Karen Effiel is an author writing her latest novel about an isolated man named Harold Crick. What she doesn't know is that her fictionalized character is real. The real Harold Crick is an IRS agent who has lived a dull existence and one day begins to hear Karen's voice as she narrates what she puts on paper to what Harold has and is doing. Because of this Harold insists the help of a literary professor to find out what is happening and ends up changing things about his life including beginning a relationship with his IRS client, a government-hating bakery owner named Ana Pascal. Harold, however, finds trouble when he hears that Karen plans to kill him.

Actors: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson

The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky (Dir) (Paramount November 22, 2006 / NA) - IMDB Record: The Fountain
Official Site: Warner Brothers - The Fountain

The Prestige by Christopher Nolan (dir) (Touchstone 20 October 2006 / ) - When Magicians Attack: Trio of Jackman, Bale, and Nolan pull a sophisticated rabbit out of the hat in The Prestige.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall

Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called "The Pledge"; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn"; The magician makes his ordinary some thing do something extraordinary. Now if you're looking for the secret... you won't find it, that's why there's a third act called, "The Prestige"; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before.
-Dialogue from The Prestige
(see review)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause by (Buena Vista Pictures November 2006 / ) - The Plot: Santa (Allen), aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost (Short) from taking over Christmas.

Actors: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin

Threshold - The Complete Series by SciFi Channel (Paramount Home Video Showing Monday 8pm on SciFi / $54.99) - Threshold, a SciFi series about alien contact, is back after its release last year. The complete series is available on DVD, but it you're quick you can catch it on the SciFi channel where they're running it again. It's spooky, surreal, clever and stars one of our newest favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, as a mathematician and linguist. Dinklage starred in the 2003 indie film, The Station Agent which was a simply terrific piece of work. He's not the lead here, but that's their problem. http://www.scifi.com/threshold/

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