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BONUS Samuel L. Jackson of the Week: The Spirit

He's the Third Reich. We have to do what he says.
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The Spirit opens Dec. 25 and is not yet rated.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Samuel L. Jackson of the Week: Lakeview Terrace

He's the police. We have to do what he says.
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Lakeview Terrace is rated PG-13 and opens Sept. 19
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Saturday, August 23, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Happy-Go-Lucky

bipolar \(')bi-'po-ler\ adj 1: Making this movie:
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and then making this movie:
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Happy-Go-Lucky is rated R and opens October 10 in the U.S.
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Saturday, August 16, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Midnight Meat Train

Those who have had the fortune to see this preview as a coming attraction at Cinema 21 know that the announcement of the film's title—delivered with all the deadpan gravitas the narrator can muster— never fails to elicit a hearty audience chuckle. The studio supposedly suggested a title change, but author Clive Barker was having none of it.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Because you demanded it, another classic of cinema improved by computer-generated something-or-other and oh-so-sexy environmentalism. As spaceman Keanu makes clear at the confusing conclusion, if the Earth dies Jennifer Connelly dies, which stands to reason, but if Jennifer Connelly dies the earth survives. As far as dramatic conflicts go, this seems pretty manageable to me. Unless, of cou...   More
Saturday, August 2, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Bonus Trailer of the Week: W.

On the set of 2006's Poseidon, Richard Dreyfuss told a reporter, "I'm retired, and if you offer me a lot of money I'm not retired." Dreyfuss then proceeded to toss his iced coffee in the reporter's face, following up with a punch in the chest. I think to myself, what a wonderful wor...   More
Monday, July 28, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: My Winnipeg

Rising Canadian auteur Guy Maddin takes us on another campy tour of his Freudian hockey rink, with trademark pre-war style in tow. In this "docu-fantasia," Maddin attempts a cinematic escape from the womb, with hometown Winnipeg playing itself and former noir starlet Ann Savage playing mommy dearest, "as perennial as the winter, as ancient as the bison."
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Sunday, July 27, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: The Last Mistress

Asia Argento rotates her feral persona by 90 degrees for a supine exercise in period kink. The French do this kind of thing better than anyone, non?
The Last Mistress is rated R and opens next month at Cinema 21
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Saturday, July 19, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Mamma Mia!

The devil wears Oshkosh.

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I suppose our recession will have to worsen considerably before I become nostalgic for the Great Depression, but when it comes to musicals, they sure don’t make ’em like they used to. My g ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Transsiberian

Please ignore that conditioned impulse to add the word "Orchestra" to the film's title, along with the rather oddball cast. It's another low-key Spanish-produced thriller from Brad Anderson, the director of 2004's The Machinist. Anderson is becoming a dependable source of Hitchcockian menace, and here he's really pushing my buttons—there are few things I like better than a mov...   More
Saturday, July 12, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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