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88 Minutes (2008) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: Exceptionally taught, the psychological thriller 88 Minutes proves Al Pacino's still got it. Held up seemingly forever in release date limbo, this Jon Avnet directed tribute to cell phone technology and forensic psychiatry run amok introduces us to Dr. Jack Gramm, an illustrious professor (Al Pacino) who receives an anonymous call indicating he has but 88 minutes to live. The film works on multiple levels as a heart-pounding, unnerving, psychological thriller in a return to the mainstay style of the great thrillers of the 1980s and early 90s. (click for full details and complete review)

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Leatherheads (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: George Clooney's Leatherheads delivers exactly the kind of movie they used to make back in the 1920s. Without special effects, using a simple story with "aw shucks" values, chiseled features, and complete sass, the result represents a film that could have cozied on up to the sofa and been read aloud as a radio play. Practically ripped from the headlines of 1925, Leatherheads is the mythical story of the founding of professional football, and the idea of college football players going on to take the sport professionally was just being hatched. Featuring George Clooney as the down-on-his-luck football player Dodge Connelly working for the Duluth, MN team who gets an idea to bring war hero and Princeton football phenom Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to play for his team while the Chicago Tribune editor sends reporter Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger) to get to the bottom of the story. (click for full details and complete review)

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Made of Honor (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $10.75
Review-lite: This bland, predictable, romantic comedy lacks breathtaking romance and wise comedy leaving Made of Honor viewers wondering if it might better have been called Made of Mush. Hardly distinguishable from 27 Dresses, the film lacks the punch and freshness of P.S., I Love You—the best romantic comedy of the last 5 years. Michelle Monaghan and Patrick Dempsey portray the best friends turned bride-to-be and Maid of Honor who discover through her Scottish fiancée's Scottish traditions that maybe they really are meant for each other. The supporting cast does its best to keep this lifeless film alive amidst an obvious and predictable journey to the only logical conclusion. Director Paul Weiland makes the movie look good and occasionally fun, but it's all a façade for a redundant, recycled, derivative film. (click for full details and complete review)

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The Price Of Sugar (2008) [NR]

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The sugar industry in the Dominican Republic provides the focus of this moving documentary, which chronicles the abuses heaped upon the Haitian immigrants toiling in the sugar cane fields--men, women, and children stripped of their basic rights and subjected to brutal slave labor. Working to improve conditions for these oppressed laborers is a Catholic priest who tries to call public attention to their plight. 90 min. Soundtrack: English and Spanish; Subtitles: English. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

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Run, Fat Boy, Run (2008) [PG-13]

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Terrified by the prospect of marriage, an English slacker (Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote) leaves his pregnant fiancee (Thandie Newton) at the altar. Five years later, the lazy and paunchy Pegg attempts to win her back, impress their young son (Matthew Fenton), and stick it to Newton's successful new American beau (Hank Azaria) by running in a London marathon--that's only three weeks away. Dylan Moran co-stars in this delightful comedy.

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Snow Angels (2008) [R]

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Downbeat drama focuses on the residents of a small town whose lives converge as a result of a tragic gunshot. Annie (Kate Beckinsale) engages in an affair with her friend's (Amy Sedaris) husband (Nicky Katt) while separated from her own (Sam Rockwell). Meanwhile, her 16-year-old co-worker (Michael Angarano) begins a tender romance with a classmate (Olivia Thirlby) as he harbors a longtime crush on Annie, his former babysitter.

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Speed Racer (2008) [PG]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.25
Review-lite: Don't see the Wachowski Bros. Speed Racer on limited sleep or without movie snacks. It pushes the envelope and sets a new bar of expectations and possibilities in filmmaking, though the overall impact of the story falls far short of that of The Matrix. Obviously, the originality factor in some aspects was predicated by a desire to hold true to the look and feel fo the original series which the film does. The overall impact, however, therefore is not as keen. Definitely NOT a movie for everyone, The Wachowski Bros. nonetheless, have created an occasionally motion sickness inducing, either 200% cheesy or 200% quotable, but always psychedelic tribute to a cult-classic cartoon show which forces viewers into the future of filmmaking and the cinematic experience itself much as George Lucas's Star Wars redefined expectations when it came to special effects in film back in the late 1970s. (click for full details and complete review)

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Young @ Heart (2008) [PG]

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Senior citizens singing James Brown, Sonic Youth, and Coldplay? This music documentary chronicles the charming story of music teacher Bob Cilman and his elderly chorus. The vocalists demonstrate sprightly enthusiasm that belies their advanced years as they prepare for a hometown concert in Northampton, Massachusetts, over the course of two challenging and life-affirming months. 108 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; deleted scenes; featurette; music videos; theatrical trailers.

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