The low-down on this week’s premieres
Based on the book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jensen and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law, North Country is a “fictional account” of the court case that broke gender barriers in 1984. Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (Monster) plays Josey Aimes, the woman who sues the mine where she works for sexual harassment `see "First in, first out"`.
Speaking of films that are inspired by true stories, Dreamer, the tale of a racehorse trainer and his daughter (Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning) who attempt to nurse a injured filly back to health, also hits theaters this Friday.
Stay, directed by Marc Forester (Finding Neverland), introduces the world of the living to the world of the dead through psychiatrist Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor), whose patient, Henry Lethem (Ryan Gosling), is being driven to the brink by strange visions.
In Shopgirl, Mirabelle (Claire Danes) must choose between the two men in her life: wealthy divorcee Ray Porter (Steve Martin) and musician Jeremy Kraft (Jason Schwartzman).
Adapted from the popular video game, Doom takes moviegoers to the planet Mars, where a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong has unleashed a variety of unpleasant monsters. WWE’s The Rock (The Rundown) stars as Sarge in this first-person-shoot-’em-up thriller.
Elijah Wood (Sin City) plays a young Jewish American on a search for the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in Everything is Illuminated, directed by actor Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate).
And in the French film Cote d’Azur, a family travels to the beach for a comedy of errors.
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. •