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The Bay, Chasing Ice, Hitchcock

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The Bay Enzian Theater goes all environmental on us this week with a pair of flicks that explore eco-consciousness from distinctly different angles – and which hold their share of surprises. For instance, did you know that Barry Levinson always wanted to be a Haxan? True story! The chronicler of all things mundane and Mid-Atlantic has finally realized his dream of making a found-footage horror movie. In The Bay, contaminated water turns the residents of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay into mindless zombies. (Hey, Daniel Stern: That isn't gravy on your fries.) What's worse, we only know about it all because the intrepid Levinson recovered videographic proof the gubmint didn't want us to see. You read that right: The guy who made Wag the Dog is now pushing the philosophy "in video veritas." We really have lived that long. (R) – Steve Schneider

Chasing Ice Once upon a time, James Balog doubted the phenomenon of global warming. But then something happened to change his mind. His party lost a whole buncha seats in the House of Representatives despite extensive redistricting? No, silly; he's a photographer! And what happened is that his cameras showed the glaciers in the Arctic melting faster than Lohan's new face on the last night of Hanukkah. Time-lapse evidence of that calamity is what this Oscar-shortlisted documentary has to share with us, as well as a chronicle of the political "controversy" surrounding climate change that threatens whistleblowers like Balog with relegation to the kids' table of policy discourse. Hey, somebody should get Barry Levinson on that right away. (PG-13) – SS

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Hitchcock Instead of settling for a straight take on Stephen Rebello's great nonfiction work, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, director Sacha Gervasi offers up a partially imagined glimpse into the troubled marriage and psyche of Sir Alfred. Flaws of fact and emphasis are legion, but if you aren't a devout fan of Psycho and just want to be entertained by a well-produced – if slightly inaccurate – story, Hitchcock is worth the investment, thanks to the fine work of stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson. In the end, the movie is an enjoyable and stylish trifle – one that most audiences will enjoy, but that Hitch himself would have abhorred. (PG-13) – Cameron Meier

Playing for Keeps If you were pissed off about that whole War on Women business, you're bound to be gratified by the depiction of sex-crazed, predatory soccer moms tramping after a former sports pro (Gerard Butler) reduced to coaching his kid's team. My gosh, it's like the thing was written by Lily Ledbetter herself. (PG-13) – SS

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