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New Movie Friday: Grindhouse, Are We Done Yet?, Black Book, The Reaping

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Grindhouse - I've already reviewed this movie, so I won't bother rehashing it, but trust me, Grindhouse totally freakin' rocks! Three full hours of beautiful cinematic mayhem.



Are We Done Yet? - Ice Cube stars as a beleaguered urban dad who moves with his new wife (Nia Long) and her two kids to their dream house in the 'burbs and is terrorized by a contractor (John C. McGinley from Scrubs).

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Black Book - Dutch-born director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Showgirls and Starship Troopers) returns to his native country for this thriller about the Dutch resistance during WWII. Friends of mine who have seen it say one of the nice ahem… perks is that you get to see Carice Van Houten doff her top. Nazi fighters and a great set of knockers? Now, that's a win-win.

Firehouse Dog - Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle, The Larry Sanders Show) directs this family-friendly film. The IMDB description: "Rexxx, Hollywood's top canine star, gets lost and is adopted into a shabby firehouse. He teams up with a young kid (Hutcherson) to get the station back on its feet."

The Hoax - Lasse Hallstrom directs and Richard Gere stars in what is supposed to be a terrific movie about Clifford Irving, the guy who almost succeeded in publishing a totally faked autobiography of Howard Hughes.

Hoboken Hollow - Jason Connery (son of Sean) stars in this horror film as a drifter who winds up at Hoboken Hollow, a remote West Texas ranch run by the brutal Broderick family. Look for C. Thomas Howell, Michael Madsen, Dennis Hopper and Robert Carradine in small supporting roles.

Killer of Sheep - In celebration of this film's 30th anniversary, Charles Burnett's 1977 classic of American independent cinema begins a week-long run at the Nuart complete with a new 35mm print. A neo-realistic portrayal of 1970s black urban life, specifically 1970s black Los Angeles urban life, that stars Henry Gayle Sanders as Stan, a depressed insomniac trying to support his family working at a slaughterhouse.

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Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience - A documentary centered on firsthand accounts of American troops through their own words. The film is based on an NEA project that collected the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Actors including Robert Duvall, Josh Lucas, Beau Bridges, Blair Underwood, Justin Kirk and Aaron Eckhart were conscripted to give dramatic readings of their words.