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Aug. 17 2010, Published 5:11 a.m. ET

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Cemetery Junction (R)

Turn up the music and let the hormones fly, because the boys of Cemetery Junction have arrived. From the creators of The Office is this coming-of-age comedy about a group of hard-partying, light-hearted friends in small-town, 1970s England. Freddie, a door-to-door salesman, is soaking up the beer with the best of them when his boss singles him out from the pack, and he must suddenly choose between his partying social life, or the chance of a future outside his working-class town. Making matters more confusing, Freddie also starts to fall for the boss-man’s daughter -- rarely a path up the corporate ladder. (Christian Cooke Freddie Taylor, Ricky Gervais Mr. Taylor, Ralph Fiennes Mr. Kendrick)

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The City of Your Final Destination (PG-13)

Jaw-dropping vistas, family intrigue and hot, hot romance add up to a steamy ride in South America. James Ivory -- known for his Oscar-winning films under the Merchant Ivory shingle -- delivers his signature, sweeping epic of a movie with The City of Your Final Destination, a comedy with its fair share of drama. In this latest work, Ivory’s flair for romance gets its spark from Omar Razaghi, a doctoral student who must write a biography of the late author Jules Gund in order to keep his fellowship. But when Gund’s estate declines his request, Omar travels to Uruguay to see if he can convince them. Instead, he steps into a thorny nest of family issues (not to mention some sexy-time with a local beauty). (Anthony Hopkins Adam Gund, Laura Linney Caroline Gund, Omar Metwally Omar)

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The Last Song (PG)

How many tissues does it take to get through The Last Song? Too many to count, even for the most cynical of movie-goer. Even Miley Cyrus’ skeptics should take note, so to speak: The Disney star takes an admirable stab at a semi-grown-up role in this adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. No, she hasn’t lost all her Disney ticks (see: over-the-top reactions). But as Ronnie Miller, a talented teen pianist who spends the summer at the beach with her estranged father, Miley does the part justice. As Ronnie falls in love, saves some baby turtles, throws a few tantrums -- and, yes, even sings -- she starts to patch things up with Dad, who has a few secrets of his own. Somewhere between big cries and heart-to-hearts, they both find solace and redemption. (Miley Cyrus Ronnie Miller, Liam Hemsworth Will Blakelee, Greg Kinnear Steve Miller; aka Dad)


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