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Week of January 5, 2006

BloodRayne. What do we know about Romania? They have incredible gymnasts and vampires to spare. Or used to, anyway. Rayne is a dhampir (half-human, half-vamp, of course) seeking to avenge her mother, who was raped by her father, who also happens to be king of the vampires. Good thing she decides to bring along help in the form of her vampire-hunting buds Sebastian and Vladimir. But will this create a conflict of interest for the dhampir Rayne? (NR) J14, RON, SP, STCH, STCL

Breakfast on Pluto. (R) Reviewed in this issue. (Bill Gallo) TV

Casanova. (R) Reviewed in this issue. (Melissa Levine) CGX, OF, PF, RON, SP, STCH

Grandma's Boy. By the time you reach your mid-thirties, you might consider a job other than "videogame tester." And you should avoid choosing roommates whose extracurricular activities involve bedding Taiwanese hookers. If these warnings fall on deaf ears, you might suffer same fate as Alex, who has to move in with his grammy and her Golden Girl-esque friends. Grandma's Boy is the work of Adam Sandler's production company. Obviously. (NR) ARN, CGX, DP, EG, J14, KEN, MR, OF, RON, SP, STCH, STCL

Hostel. Instead of having a leisurely backpacking trip through Europe, enjoying the food and getting totally 'faced like almost every other college grad since 1995, these guys run into a truly "hostel" situation. And you thought having a massive hangover and not showering for three days was bad. The hormonal trio heads off to a Slovokian city to really "get into" Europe (and, they hope, many pants). It doesn't go well. Directed by Eli Roth. (NR) ARN, EG, J14, MR, OF, RON, SP, STCH, STCL

Music From the Inside Out. (Not Rated) It's not earth-shattering, but this companionable documentary about the Philadelphia Orchestra is lovely in its insight and intimacy. Director Daniel Anker places the focus not on the conductor or soloists, but on the ensemble musicians, each of whom has a story and a vision of the music he or she plays. What's most fun is learning who the musicians are when they're not onstage: One violist is a painter; a trombonist plays salsa in a little club; and a French horn player runs marathons to increase his lung capacity. The Israeli cellist decides to collaborate with a Palestinian musician to promote peace, and concertmaster David Kim discusses his path from a solo career to playing in an orchestra. Kim is wonderful when describing the roller coaster of his ego; sometimes he believes he has mastered the violin, and at other times he worries that he can't play at all. The film doesn't have a plot and doesn't head much of anywhere, but suddenly it'll hit a deep note, and you'll find yourself crying. (Levine) TV