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The low-down on this week’s premieres

It’s slim pickin’s at the box office after Thanksgiving as only one wide-release film and one limited-release film hit San Antonio theaters this week. I guess people don’t like going to the movies after gaining a few pounds on cornbread dressing, pumpkin pie, and leftover turkey. Either that, or they’re saving themselves for Peter Jackson’s King Kong, opening nationwide December 14.

In Aeon Flux, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster) plays the title character, a secret agent at war with a totalitarian regime that oversees the only surviving society left on Earth after an industrial disease kills 99 percent of the population. Survivors have created a single utopian community, called Bregna, which is considered “the height of human civilization,” but some individuals who lived through the epidemic begin disappearing without a trace. In steps Aeon Flux, who attempts to uncover the truth behind the governing body of the perfect world. The film, based on Peter Chung’s 1995 MTV animated series of the same name, is directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) and written by Phil Hay (Crazy/Beautiful). In addition to Theron, it stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Oscar nominees Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father).

Directed, written, produced, and edited by first-time filmmaker and actor James Hergott, the dramedy All That I Need follows a group of friends who enter a pyramid scheme to make easy money. Their friendship is put to the test as greed and jealousy prove that money truly is the root of all evil.

Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.

Kiko Martinez