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The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Jan. 8


3 Idiots—Hurray for Bollywood. Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan and Sharmin Joshi star in this Hindi comedy as three friends for whom their time in an institution of higher learning provided far more than book learning; it also offered them a great deal of self-actualization. As is true of Bollywood films, 3 Idiots is full of dance, music, bright colors and a larger message. The film is currently under the political microscope in India, and will go before the censor board for depicting "ragging on freshers," what we in America refer to as hazing. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Sun. Jan. 10. Doors open at 1 p.m. Film begins at 2 p.m. $9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,


Daybreakers—In a future world, where most humans have become vampires and the remaining few are stored in banks and farmed for blood, researcher Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is searching for an artificial blood substitute. With the help of human survivor Audrey Bennett (Claudia Karvan) Dalton will make a startling breakthrough. But can he save the dwindling human race? (R) Edwards

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus—Born from the drawings and imagination of writer and director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python's Flying Circus) comes the story of Dr. Parnassus and his magical traveling show, in which visitors are treated to more than entertainment. The good doctor leads viewers to visions of their spirits freed but, not unlike Pandora's Box, when a door is opened for good, sometimes evil finds a way out as well. The cast includes brooding Johnny Depp, Colin Ferrell, Jude Law and Tom Waits and the film features the final performance of the late Heath Ledger. (PG-13) Flicks

Leap Year—When Anna's (Amy Adams) long-term boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) announces he's heading to Ireland instead of proposing, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Following an old Irish tradition in which women are "allowed" (groan) to propose to men on February 29, Anna heads to the Emerald Isle with marriage in mind. But in classic rom-com style, her plans are diverted once she meets the brooding beefcake Declan (Matthew Goode). (PG) Edwards

Youth in Revolt—Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a shy, socially awkward teen whose life with his trailer park mom (Jean Smart), her pathologically lying boyfriend (Zach Galifianakis) as well as Nick's father and his trophy girlfriend, is far from his ideal. But when an new neighbor girl captures his heart—only to stomp on it when he learns she has a boyfriend—things have to change. Nick decides the only option is to create an alternate personality: Francois, who is reckless, rebellious and debonair, and determined to get Nick the girl, no matter what. (R) Edwards 9