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Friday’ openings redux: Memories of the moon

And the final bookings are in. In addition to the movie openings I've already mentioned, this is what else to expect on Friday:

"Never Look Away": Nominated for two Academy Awards, this German film — directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck — tells the story of a German artist who is tortured by memories of his past life.

"Apollo 11": A documentary film, screening in IMAX, about the 1969 NASA mission to the moon.

Here are some critical comments about "Never Look Away":

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "The title of 'Never Look Away' is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theaters right now."

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker: "Stately rather than stealthy… but you are borne along, nonetheless, by the clash of characters, and by the ironies of historical momentum."

A.O. Scott, New York Times: "Even when it stumbles, it remains watchable and engaging, partly because von Donnersmarck possesses an old-fashioned Hollywood showman's sensibility."

In addition, AMC River Park Square is bringing back a number of Oscar winners, including "A Star Is Born Encore" (an extended version of the original film), "Free Solo" and "The Favourite."