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my week at the movies: ‘Synecdoche, New York,’ ‘Pride and Glory,’ ‘Changeling,’ ‘High School Musical 3 Senior Year,’ ‘ I’ve Loved You So Long’

I’ve already told you why I simply cannot wait for Synecdoche, New York (opens limited in the U.S. on October 24; premieres in the U.K. at the London Film Festival on October 28), and now the moment has arrived. Will Charlie Kaufman confirm his place in the pantheon of The Movies? Oh please oh please…

I’m gonna run, today, from a screening of Synecdoche to one of Pride and Glory (opens wide in the U.S. on October 24; opens in the U.K. on November 7), which I’ve also been looking forward to for quite some time. Could be too much excitement for one day.

I’m not quite sure what to expect from Changeling (opens limited in the U.S. on October 24, wide on October 31; opens in the U.K. on November 28). Will it be L.A. Confidential meets that dingo-ate-my-baby movie? And hey! That Burn Notice guy is in this. Cool.

Oh, come on: Troy and Gabriella are adorable. Don’t tell me you ain’t just a little bit excited to see them almost all grown up and gettin’ ready to leave high school and move on into the real world where their dreams of theater and love and puppies and daisies and global peace and cookies for everyone will come to fruition. Don’t tell me you won’t be tapping your toe along with High School Musical 3: Senior Year (opens in the U.K. on October 22; opens wide in the U.S. on October 24). Cuz I won’t believe you.

I’ve Loved You So Long (now playing in the U.K.; opens limited in the U.S. on October 24)? Feels like I’ve been waiting for this movie for so long. It had just opened in Paris when I was there in the early spring, and there were posters for it all over the place — it was one of the very first movie titles I translated in my head. Ah, vive le cinéma.

Crap, that’s a lot of movies opening this week. No wonder I never catch up with everything I want to review: they keep making more movies, and releasing them all at once. I feel like a hamster in a wheel that not only doesn’t ever stop, it keeps getting bigger…

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