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new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ ‘Splice,’ ‘Death at a Funeral,’ ‘The Brothers Bloom,’ more

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE Get Him to the Greek: Rock stars (ie, Russell Brand) are a mess, and the normal people who are their fans (ie, Jonah Hill) are only slightly less a mess. Such is the plight of humanity. If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Which … more…

trailer break: ‘Death at a Funeral’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Oh. My. God. Why would anyone take Frank Oz’s hilarious 2007 flick of the same name, and turn it into this? Why would Neil LaBute do that? Is this all Chris Rock is capable of: taking someone else script and adding some minstrelry to it? I was … more…

Samuel L. Jackson on ‘Lakeview Terrace’

Neil LaBute’s suburban thriller Lakeview Terrace [read my review here] opens in the U.K. today (it arrives on DVD in the U.S. on January 27, 2009). It’s about a black cop, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who menaces and harrasses his new neighbors, a mixed-race couple played by Kerry Washington and Patrick Wilson. Just before … more…

5 reasons I’m psyched for ‘Lakeview Terrace’

All this week! 5 movies I’m psyched for in September, and 5 reasons why. No. 3: Lakeview Terrace [opens wide September 19]. 1. The story: An interracial couple — he’s white, she’s black — get harrassed by their neighbor, a cop who happens to be black, disapproves of their relationship, and — oh, yeah — … more…