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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

opening wide today: ‘Vantage Point,’ ‘Witless Protection,’ ‘Charlie Bartlett,’ ‘Be Kind Rewind’

Vantage Point
The attempted assassination of U.S. President William Hurt is retold from the perspectives of multiple witnesses, all of whom point the finger at the creepy old amusement park owner, who probably would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids. (my review is coming tomorrow, probably)

Witless Protection
Larry the Cable Guy — yes, that is his real name — is back in a tender tale of love, hope, and salvation in a rural 19th-century farm community. Expect this one to be on critics’ top-10 lists come year’s end, and watch for Larry’s first Oscar nomination next winter, and maybe even the first Nobel Prize for film. No, not really. (not screened for critics; like you’re shocked to hear that)

Charlie Bartlett
This is what happens when you get teenagers hopped up on prescription uppers, downers, and mood-evener-outers: you create a monster of Ferris Bueller-esque proportions. Up-and-comer Anton Yelchin stars as the titular teen guru, who will make you see life through Prozac-colored glasses. (my review)

Be Kind Rewind
Jack Black gets electrocuted — I bet that happens to him all the time — and accidentally demagnetizes all the videotapes in Mos Def’s video-rental store, so the two of them reshoot all the movies so the customers won’t notice. It’s a fantasy, of course: who owns a VCR anymore? (my review is coming tomorrow, probably)

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