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Movies To Look Forward to in 2008

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Let's face it, 2007 was a mediocre year for movies. Although there are still a couple months left for 2007 to prove it's cinema value, overall it was a disappointing year. Sure Hollywood gave us "300", "Zodiac", and "Once", but we also got "The Number 23", "Norbit", and "Code Name: The Cleaner". So I have my eyes set on 2008, which seems to have a wonderful slate of features for us to see at the multiplex.

1. SYNECHDOCY, NEW YORK
RELEASE DATE: Early 2008
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman
CAST: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton
PLOT: Hoffman plays a theater director who attempts to put on a play by creating a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse. He then finds out there is something wrong with him after a trip to the dentist. The movie goes into themes such as the nature of family, of home, and of male-female relationships. It sounds complex, confusing, and complicated, which (coming from the mind of Kaufman) is exactly why you shouldn't miss this movie.

2. BE KIND REWIND
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2008
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Michel Gondry
CAST: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Melonie Diaz, Mia Farrow
PLOT: Jack Black plays a junkyard worker who inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to unintentional destruction of all the movies in his friend's (Mos Def) video rental store. In order to keep the store's one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair recreates a long line of films, putting themselves and their townspeople into it. I've seen the previews for this, and it looks hilarious.

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