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Robert Downey Jr. faces Mickey Rourke in ‘Iron Man 2’
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Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) presents the Drones in “Iron Man 2.”
A number of new movie releases will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Iron Man 2

Genre: Action, adventure and adaptation
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell
Director: Jon Favreau
Rated: PG-13

In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored super-hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

Babies

Genre: Foreign and documentary
Director: Thomas Balmčs
Rated: PG

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmes, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, “Babies” simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.

The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction:

Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, “Babies” joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

The following will open in limited release.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Genre: Documentary
Director: Alex Gibney
Rated: R

This portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff – from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah – confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money corrupts our political process. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney once again wields the tools of his trade with the skill of a master.

Following the ongoing indictments of federal officials and exposing favor trading in our nation’s capital, Gibney illuminates the way our politicians’ desperate need to get elected – and the millions of dollars it costs – may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy.

Infuriating, yet undeniably fun to watch, “Casino Jack” is a saga of greed and corruption with a cynical villain audiences will love to hate.

Mother and Child

Genre: Drama
Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and S. Epatha Merkerson
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Rated: R

From writer-director Rodrigo Garcia and executive producer Alejandro González Ińárritu comes the moving story of three women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) and the power of the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

Three women’s lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Karen (Bening) placed a baby for adoption at age 14 and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth

(Naomi) grew up as an adopted child; she’s a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy (Washington) is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, hoping for the opportunity to become parents.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio

Genre: Action, adventure, comedy and thriller
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rudiger Vogler, Reem Kherici and Pierre Bellemare
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Not rated

Twelve years after Cairo, OSS 117 is back on a new mission at the other end of the world.

As he tracks down a microfilm that is compromising for the French State, France’s most famous secret agent will have to team up with the Mossad’s most seductive lieutenant-colonel in order to capture a Nazi blackmailer.

From Rios sunny beaches to luxuriant Amazonian forests, from the depths of secret grottos to the top of Corcovado’s Christ, a new adventure is about to begin.

Whatever the danger, whatever the stakes, you can always count on Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath to find a way out.
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