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Mason (Luke Bracey) is a new CIA agent who teams up with a retired super spy to extract an imperiled colleague from Moscow in The November Man.

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Miller at home in Sin City

The world of Frank Miller's Sin City is black and white in almost every sense. In these popular graphic novels and their film adaptations, Miller, the author, illustrator and filmmaker, presents a fictional metropolis as monochromatic in hue as in values: mean streets populated with trench-coated men and scantily clad women, ready to exchange bullets or bodily fluids when it is to their advantage.

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'If I Stay' flounders with laughable dialogue

"Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you." If this pronouncement, made by a father to his teenage daughter, comes across as a lame attempt at conveying a profound message, you might want to steer clear of If I Stay. It's full of lines like this, enough to encourage a viewer hoping for "Deep Meaning" to throw something at the movie screen.

Third Person

Liam Neeson's Michael has a particular set of skills in Paul Haggis' Third Person; he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist with the power to fly his neurotic mistress, Anna (Olivia Wilde), to Paris from New York using only his frequent-flier miles. (Anyone who has ever tried to navigate an airline's gnostic rewards redemption system ought to appreciate how special this makes him.)

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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

The IMAX 3-D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90 percent of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago.

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FILM CLIPS

At area theaters

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When the Game Stands Tall

There was a very nice moment Monday night when the team that represented Rhode Island -- and all of the Northeast -- lost in the Little League World Series to a team from Chicago. It was an elimination game, so understandably some of the young players on the losing side were dejected and in tears.

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Home Movies

Fading Gigolo,

Box Office

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday (except Let’s Be Cops, which opened Aug. 13), followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

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Teen turtles outrun competition

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Paramount Pictures revival of comic book characters that first hit theaters in the 1990s, led movie-ticket sales for a second straight weekend.

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Want to save food money by using what you probably throw away? Here's how I use the stems of broccoli (why toss edible food out?), and it's tasty too. I use a vegetable peeler to strip off the thick skin, then cut up the now-softer stems into small slivers. I add them to salads, soup or other veggies that I'm cooking. You even can add them to tuna salad, etc., for a little crunch.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. This year you'll impress with your strength and unusual talent. You'll find a wider audience in September. October ends a trial of some kind. A critic or mentor will spur you to new heights in November. A major purchase will have you sailing into the new year in style. Your heart connection will be extremely strong with Aquarius and Pisces people.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The November Man, R Pierce Brosnan plays a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent lured out of his quiet retirement in Switzerland to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) -- which puts him in the crosshairs of a former friend and CIA protege (Luke Bracey). Oh, and there may be a mole in the agency .... With Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton; directed by Roger Donaldson. Opens Wednesday

PREVIEWS

If I Stay

MovieStyle: Dog days

Late August is the low trough of summer and traditionally a time when Hollywood studios release movies that, for whatever reason, they feel a little weird about.