Ben Affleck is fast becoming the Bard of Boston with his string of Hub-set dramas, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Baby Gone” and now this adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s “Prince of Thieves.”

THE TOWN


Ben Affleck is fast becoming the Bard of Boston with his string of Hub-set dramas, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Baby Gone” and now this adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s “Prince of Thieves,” in which – in addition to co-writing and directing – he plays a Charlestown bank robber who develops a bit of a conscience when he falls for the woman (Rebecca Hall) who could put him and his gang behind bars if she talks. And looking to keep her from talking – permanently – is “The Hurt Locker’s” intense Jeremy Renner. Will love trump crime?


A WOMAN, A GUN AND A NOODLE SHOP


If you’ve been longing to see a Chinese remake of the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” you’re in luck. And you have Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”) to thank, as he relocates the Coens’ celebrated mix of dark humor and suspense to a noodle shop in China.


THE VIRGINITY HIT


In the tradition of “Porky’s” and “American Pie” comes this sex-obsessed comedy about four teens dealing with the trials and tribulations incurred while attempting to dispense with one’s virginity. You can expect the usual array of hookers, porn stars and other assorted sex objects to parade through this alleged comedy.


EASY A


Like Jonah Hill in “Super Bad,” I’m madly in love with Emma Stone, the beautiful but brainy gal with the baritone pipes. She was beyond good in “Bad,” and in last year’s “Zombieland,” she proved more than capable of stirring the undead. Now, she’s playing the high school version of Hester Prynne in this tongue-in-cheek, religious-right-bashing send-up of “The Scarlet Letter.” I’ll give her an A, all right: an A for aphrodisiac.


LEBANON


Writer/director Samuel Maoz's raw and visceral film is based on his experiences as a novice tank solider serving in the Israeli army during the Lebanon War in June 1982.