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Those who got a thrill last spring when the SEALS took out Osama bin Laden will have more of the same covert ass-kicking to look forward to in theaters as we enter 2012 (check out Safe House, Safe, This Means War, and Act of Valor, among others). Unfortunately, operations don’t always run as smoothly in the movies as they do in real life. In fact you’ll find some of the secret agents — in Haywire, for example — pondering a job change. There’s a lot of this kind of second-guessing going on in the films coming up, from the Manhattan couple relocating to a commune in Wanderlust to John Carter’s trip to Mars.


JANUARY

There’s nothing like a civil war to spoil a relationship. In Angelina Jolie’s IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (January 6) a Serbian soldier meets an old Bosnian friend in a POW camp. Awkward.

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  •   BUFFET DINING: THE 15TH BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 19, 2013
    "Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.
  •   REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA  |  March 19, 2013
    Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
  •   UNDERGROUND CINEMA: THE 12TH BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 12, 2013
    This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
  •   REVIEW: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III  |  March 12, 2013
    In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.
  •   REVIEW: UPSIDE DOWN  |  March 14, 2013
    Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

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