Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 10/24/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Nine Lives

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A pregnant woman (Robin Wright Penn) piling groceries into her cart in a supermarket suddenly spots a boyfriend (Jason Isaacs) from whom she had a bad breakup five years ago. Both have moved on and married others, but they chat briefly before parting and it's achingly clear she is right back in the middle of the emotional turmoil she thought was long past. This is just one of the nine affecting, beautifully acted episodes in director-writer Rodrigo Garcia's lovely film chronicling various women at emotional turning points. Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning, Elpidia Carrillo, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Holly Hunter, Joe Mantegna, Kathy Baker, Aidan Quinn and Sissy Spacek star. (R)


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Philip Seymour Hoffman is brilliant portraying Truman Capote during the author's years spent reporting and writing In Cold Blood. (R)

A History of Violence

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This thriller, ab out a small-town hero (Viggo Mortensen) who may have a secret past, is as good as movies get. (R)

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