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Published September 09 2009

Academy Award winner 'Departures' and five other films open in Fargo this week

"Departures," the Academy Award winner for best foreign-language film, and "9," the Tim Burton-produced animated fantasy of a post-apocalyptic world, are be among six new films opening in Fargo theaters this week.

"Departures" is the story of an unemployed cellist who answers a help-wanted ad for what he believes to be a travel agency. Instead, he learns he's applied to an encoffination service, a business that specializes in washing, clothing and placing of the deceased into a coffin while family members watch and grieve. The Japanese film, with English subtitles, opens Friday at the Fargo Theatre.

Based on an 11-minute Academy Award-nominated short of the same name, "9" is the story of a post-apocalyptic world of small creatures, who were given life by a scientist in the final days before the human population was decimated. Now they must take refuge from monstrous machines that roam the earth intent on extinguishing them. The film opens today at West Acres 14, Fargo. Read a review in today's Life section.

Other new movies slated to open Friday are:

"The Cove," (PG-13), a documentary on how a group of activitists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan, to expose the seedy underbelly of the dolphin entertainment and fishing industries. At the Fargo Theatre.

"White Out," (R) which stars Kate Beckinsale as Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, who must solve a murder before that continent is plunged into the dark of winter in three days. At West Acres 14.

"Sorority Row," (R) is a horror film about sorority girls who inadvertantly cause the death of one of their sisters in prank gone wrong. Naturally, this "secret" will come back to haunt them. West Acres 14.

"I Can Do Bad All By Myself," (PG-13) is the latest comedy by the prolific writer/director/actor Tyler Perry. It features Perry's alter-ego Madea as a pistol-packing grandma who catches kids looting her home and decides to take matters into her own hands. West Acres 14.

For more information on these films, check out The Forum's Life section Friday.