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my week at the movies: ‘No Reservations,’ ‘The Simpsons Movie,’ ‘I Know Who Killed Me’

It’s another slow week at the movies for me. I know, I know: “only” three movies in a week sounds like a lot, and it is, compared to what the average person sees (three movies in a year in the theater is closer). But I usually average more like six. So it feels like kind of a barren week for me.

On the other hand, two of the four wide releases this Friday won’t screen for critics at all, and at least one of next Friday’s wide releases won’t screen, so my options are just a tad limited this week. Not that there aren’t screenings of smaller films happening, of course… but it’s not like I’ve been twiddling my thumbs, either, not with these stacks of DVDs to be gotten through, and I’m trying to cover a little more TV, and not to mention some non-movie work that is begging me to get it done…

Monday night I saw No Resverations, the new studio remake of the wonderful German film Mostly Martha, and I am delighted to report that Hollywood didn’t ruin it. This remains a nice romantic dramedy about actual grownup characters, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart — two of my favorites — are terrific. [opens wide July 27]

Even though The Simpsons Movie opened today in the U.K., I still can’t see it till tomorrow. I’ll run right home after the evening screening and write a review and get it posted ASAP, but I won’t be happy about having to do that. [opens wide July 27]

And I really will have to get it done right away, because I have to turn around and run right out first thing Friday morning to a “courtesy screening” of the Lindsay Lohan epic I Know Who Killed Me. The film opens wide that day, but Sony is kind enough to spare us the horror of sitting in a multiplex crowd with gangs of teenage Lohan wannabes, for which I am very grateful. I promise not to let the studio’s kindness sway me when it comes time to write that review.

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