An Education (PG-13) This radiant and gently heartbreaking drama is one of 2009’s best movies. The Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan stars as a 16-year-old Londoner who falls for an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in 1961 and considers giving up her dreams of attending Oxford for him. Danish director Lone Scherfig does this up in an opulent style reminiscent of 1950s Hollywood dramas, and screenwriter Nick Hornby (adapting from Lynn Barber’s memoir) captures the aspirations and insecurities that lead the heroine to her decisions. Mulligan’s miraculous performance catches the character at that delicate moment between girlhood and adulthood. The intelligence and sensitivity here make this coming-of-age story into something beautiful. Also with Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Cara Seymour, Sally Hawkins, and Emma Thompson. (Re-opens Friday)

From Paris With Love (R) John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star as a loose-cannon spy and a U.S. embassy employee who team up to stop a terrorist attack in Paris. Also with Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden, Yin Bing, Eric Gordon, and Amber Rose Revah. (Opens Friday)

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