There’s “A Place at the Table” for movies on hunger, oppression (“No”) and magic (“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”). Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
“A Place at the Table” (PG): Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush put a spotlight on the epidemic of hunger in the United States. Says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald: It will leave you “angry — as the best rabble-rousing documentaries do — at how a country so rich could let so many people fall through the cracks.”
“No” (R; in Spanish, with English subtitles): An ad man (played by Gael García Bernal) shows the power of one word as he launches a daring campaign to end the dictatorship of Chile’s Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
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“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (PG-13): Director Don Scardino (TV’s “30 Rock”) conjures up a tale of old-school magic vs. new-school shock spectacle, with Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey as rival Las Vegas magicians.
“The Call” (R): Set inside L.A.’s 911 Call Center, this serial-killer hunt connects a veteran operator (Halle Berry) with a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin) on a cellphone inside a darkened car trunk.
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