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Film & TV

Ghostly bad

The Messengers is an all-too-predictable scare flick that relies primarily on loud noises and sudden gruesome images for fright value. The story: a family moves to a deserted sunflower farm in North Dakota hoping to make a fresh start and a sufficient living.

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Weighing the Options

It's officially that time of the year again. The weather's getting colder, the days are getting shorter and it's getting tougher to muster the strength to walk to class (or to Smoke's) depending on your proclivities.

by JENNIFER ZUCKERMAN

Still nutty after all these years

Norbit is Eddie Murphy's favorite form of cinematic masturbation. By acting as a variety of characters, the comedian gets to showcase his chameleon-like ability to play to any stereotype thrown his way.

by LEAH FEDER

DON'T ASK ME WHY

"Happiness is a choice," says overbearing Daphne to her youngest daughter Milly in Because I Said So.

by ALEX CHAN

What's Gotta Give?

Everybody needs a passion. I have many - most of them somewhat irrational. For instance, I still believe I will end up with Lance Bass.

by BROOKE BOYARSKY

Bloody awful

In the ignominious tradition of Alone in the Dark, American actress Agnes Bruckner and German director Katja von Grenier have banded together to create one of the year's worst films with Blood and Chocolate. The plot is a simple boy-meets-girl, girl's-family-keeps-them-apart premise.

by MATTHEW WALSH

ACEs wild

There is so much blood in Smokin' Aces that Joe Carnahan makes Quentin Tarantino look like a pansy. Writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc) weaves together a story about bloodthirsty, money-hungry hitmen trying to take down Vegas entertainer Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) before he can snitch on his Mob contacts to the Feds (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds). The dialogue is as fast and dirty as the gunplay in a film that is darkly funny and, funnily enough, somewhat serious, too.

by EMILY LASKY

a-Maze-ing

The average audience of the average film will spend a few moments discussing it before dinner plans and traffic reports interrupt; By the next day, the movie-going experience is a distant memory.

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WAWA-WEEWAH

Like Steve Nash or a fine wine, Clint Eastwood is getting better and better in his old age. A companion piece to October's Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima tells the story of the infamous World War II Battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese soldiers.

by JONAH PLATT

Throw it Back

Catch and Release is no work of art, and the filmmakers know it. In one scene, a character flat out remarks that mainstream flicks today provide more gimmicks and cheap thrills than commercials.

by KEVIN KOPLAN

The Write Stuff

Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, holds no surprises. It tells a familiar story: a young, eager teacher enters an urban high school classroom full of poor kids with no futures.

by JESS PURCELL

2007 Golden globe awards recap

Since 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been doling out its luminous Golden Globes to overpaid filmmakers and TV stars.

by JEFF LEVIN

Fertile Ground

To the question of whether the world would end in fire or ice, Children of Men offers a different answer: Quietus.

by KARL FILS-AIME

Meryl Street is my life

I love Meryl Street. No. Seriously...I kind of want to marry her. And we could live on a small ranch in North Dakota while I raised her children (Who cares if they're about my age?

by MR. MERYL STREET

Meryl Street is a Fucking Genius

Sometimes, I just like to shut out the world, slip into something slinky, and have a little me time, a little Meryl time.

by MERYL STREET

Druggie Delight

In 2002's Adaptation, Meryl Street was her typical self: a leggy and lean, blond, prim New Yorker; a successful writer in a tall office building, middle-aged and respectable, even slightly untouchable for some of the other characters.

by MERYL BRIGHT

'Kramer vs. Kramer'

In an snafu which garnered much controversy recently, Seinfeld star Michael Richards caused an uproar after a racist rant at a comedy club.

by MERYL ZUCKERMAN

That Meryl is one Fine Piece of Ace

I know what you're thinking. Does Meryl Street really have the kind of tits I'd like to see drunkenly bouncing around behind lime green triangles of Nylon Lycra?

by MERYL HOLM

Blasphemy

A film has been made that so embodies the holiday spirit that it will be thought of for years to come as the quintessential Christmas movie.

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I want blow now, daddy!

Boy, that heroin stuff sure is bad news bears. Candy, Australian director Neil Armfield's adaptation of Luke Davies's novel, does little more than leave us with that very conclusion.

by LIZ HOLM

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