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new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ ‘The Last Airbender,’ ‘Shrek Forever After,’ more

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: A girl with no personality is unable to choose between the vampire she loves and the werewolf she loves. The invisible man was heartbroken. If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Hard Candy (2005): For a much better exploraton from director David Slade of … more…

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Shrek Forever After,’ ‘MacGruber,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ more (with DVD alternatives)

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE Shrek Forever After: Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss square off against the evil tyrant Rumpelstiltskin. Scary. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Shrek 2 (2004): Still the best in the series, with one of the greatest character intros ever (for Puss in Boots). … more…

dream cast: hypothetical ‘Watchmen’ movie

It’s Thursday, and we’re gonna have some extra fun with Dream Cast this week. We’re gonna cast the classic graphic novel Watchmen… as if schlock producer Joel Silver’s production had actually gotten off the ground instead of the Zack Snyder-directed adaptation that just opened. (If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or … more…

The Love Guru (review)

It’s not enough, these days, if you want to make a stupid, crass, juvenile movie, to merely be stupid, crass, and juvenile: Everyone’s doing that, and a filmmaker makes to distinguish himself, right? So here we have the next step — actually several giant next steps — in taking movies to levels so new and so base that they stand apart…

Shrek (review)

If there’s any truth to the saying that cynics are nothing but disappointed optimists, then Shrek is the very embodiment of it, its cheery and confident optimistic heart beating underneath a tough outer layer that’s grim and twisted, one that seems at first to have given up on fantasy.

Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (review)

Warning: Consume with Alcohol Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (starring Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Robert Wagner) may be a movie best seen with a large group of somewhat drunk — or at least goofy — people. I watched the video stone sober and curled up on the couch with no one but … more…