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top 7 awards films

“Black Swan”

Na- talie Portman took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her dramatic performance in “Black Swan.” Darren Aronofsky’s thriller set in the surprisingly suspenseful world of ballet, comes out in Moscow on Feb. 10. If the gorgeous leading ladies aren’t enough to get you to the theater (Mila Kunis also stars), go for the edge-of-your-seat thrills.

“The Kids Are All Right”

The uproari- ous and true-to-life com- edy “The Kids Are All Right” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. Annette Bening took home the award for Best Actress. The film is coming to the capital on Feb. 10. For a full review see page 20.

“True Grit”

Even fans of the fabulous original were floored by Ethan and Joel Coen’s revamping of classic Western “True Grit.” The all-star cast features a breakthrough role by new young actress Hailee Steinfeld, and the wonderful performaces we have come to expect from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. The film comes out in Moscow on Feb. 11.

“The Fighter”

On Feb. 17, this underdog epic comes to Moscow. The true-story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward features amazing performances by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and Mark Wahlberg. All four actors were nominated for Golden Globes. Also, the fabulous ’90s costumes and hairstyles make the film all the more entertaining.

“127 Hours”

It is impossible to deny that the story of mountain climber Aron Ralston is a moving one. Hollywood darling James Franco stars as the adventurer, and is captivating enough to keep the audience entertained throughout the 94-minute film. Director Danny Boyle is dazzling as usual. Catch it in Moscow theaters from Feb. 17.

“The King’s Speech”

Colin Firth more than deserved the Golden Globe he was awarded for his portrayal King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” which comes out in Moscow on Feb. 24. With Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, Firth turned what could have been a boring picture about speech therapy into a thought-pro- voking piece of work.

“Biutiful”

This film is a shoe in for the Best Foreign Film award at this year’s Academy Awards, thanks to a heartbreaking performance by Javier Bardem. The Spanish actor plays Uxbal — a man struggling to raise a family and battle disease in the gritty underbelly of modern-day Barcelona. The moving “Biutiful” comes to Moscow on Feb. 24.

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HOW TO RETURN FAULTY GOODS

Getting what you are actually looking for may be one of the ultimate challenges you’ll face in Moscow. Trying to return books? Forget it. I once bought a dictionary later realizing I got the edition without a CD. You’d think an exchange for the same thing with a CD (and a higher price tag) would sway the manager in your favor. Nope. The reason: I could’ve read it by now. I see ... What about that Nokia mobile phone that broke just one day after you bought it? If you’re in this boat, here’s what to do:

Go back to the shop — Without a stamped warranty there’s no chance you’ll be able to either return or exchange your phone, even if you bought it the day before and the shop assistant remembers you very well because you made a complete fool of yourself with your pitiful Russian. Explain with hand signals and noises why the phone doesn’t work. You can’t exchange or, behold, return it. You’ll need to go to the Nokia service center instead. Contact details are in the warranty leaflet, konyeshno.

Go to the service center — Trek out into the middle of nowhere only to discover that there is none such business at the given address. Call various numbers. Be lucky enough to find a bored restaurant hostess who takes pity on you and makes a call. Konyeshno, you shouldn’t have come to this address. You should have gone to the repair service. Trek across the city to arrive at your destiny. Take a number and make yourself comfortable. Explain again what’s wrong with your lifeline. Oh, and do not, under any circumstances, forget your passport. Persuade the assistant that a temporary substitute for your brand-new broken phone might come in handy. Wait another 15 minutes until the matching charger is found. Leave knowing that the inconvenience will be over in four days. Miss your next appointment because you can’t call to say you’re late as your substitute has no battery. Konyeshno.

Get your phone back — Only for it to break again two days later. Trek back to the remont. Make a fuss. Sit back and relax while the woman behind the counter sniggers at your Russian. Be assured that this time they’ll send it to the factory. Don’t worry about getting it back. It’ll be gone for at least 45 days.