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Arts and Entertainment

New Movie Friday: Hair High, Aqua Teen, Red Road, Year of the Dog

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Hair High - The latest film from animator Bill Plympton is a gothic high-school comedy. When Spud, the new kid in town, accidentally offends Cherri and Rod, the high school power couple, he is forced to become Cheri's slave, and eventually Spud and Cheri fall for each other. They secretly decide to attend to the prom together, but Rod forces their car off the road and they sink to the bottom of the lake in their final embrace. On the night of next year's prom, the car returns to life and drives Cherri and Spud, who are in an advanced state of decomposition, to the prom as if nothing had happened.

Following tonight's 7:35 p.m. screening at the Laemmles Susnet 5, there will be a Q&A with director Bill Plympton & Weird Al.

Also Recommended: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Red Road, Trade, Year of the Dog.

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Adam's Apples - A Danish film about a neo-Nazi (Ulrich Thomsen) sentenced to community service at a church, where he clashes with the cheerful vicar (Mads Mikkelsen, the villain with the bloody eye in Casino Royale).

Amazing Grace - A Michael Apted-directed biopic about William (Ioan Gruffudd) a leading British crusader who fought to abolish that country's slave trade in the late 18th century.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters - Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake must save the universe from an apocalyptic exercise machine called the "Insanoflex." LAist's own Lisa B. described it as "the search for the holy grail meets the Terminator for a string-theory stroll through time and space with pregnant, gym-techno loving robots, poodles with laser beam eyes, creepy Abe Lincoln."

Disturbia - Commercials for this movie have been playing non-stop during every commercial break on every vaguely youth-oriented television show, making this one of the most hyped movies of the year (seriously, the TV advertising budget was larger than the GNP of most third-world nations). Okay, we get it. Scary things happen under the veil of suburban wholesomeness. Welcome to the teen version of Rear Window starring that kid whose name I can’t pronounce and who is for some inexplicable reason hosting Saturday Night Live. Prediction: it'll kill at the b.o.

The Exterminating Angels - French director/provocteur/dirty old man Jean-Claude Brisseau has made a highly sexual film about a director who's making a highly sexual film and holds a series of auditions where he asks actresses to disrobe, masturbate, get it on with each other, etc. In 2005 Brisseau himself was accused by two actresses of sexual harassment because of real-life auditions for that sound fairly similar to the ones depicted in this movie.

Lonely Hearts - Based on the same source material as the 1970 film The Honeymoon Killers, this version of the tale stars the unlikely pair of Salma Hayek and Jared Leto as a murderous couple who lure their victims through personal ads. John Travolta is the detective trying to hunt them down.

Pathfinder - Indians fight Vikings in what will looks like a visually interesting but otherwise totally wanky movie directed by Marcus Nispel (the guy who directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake).

Perfect Stranger - In this B-grade thriller that Sony is trying to dump before the summer onslaught, Halle Berry plays goes undercover to expose the evil businessman (Bruce Willis) who killed her best friend.

Red Road - Andrea Arnold, whose short film Wasp earned her a live action Oscar a couple of years ago, makes her feature debut with this verité-style, minimalist tale of revenge and redemption set in Glasgow, Scotland. Kate Dickie plays Jackie, a closed circuit TV operator who quietly watches over a swath of the city until one day when she sees on her monitors Clyde, the man who caused the death of her husband and child. Compelled to confront him she begins an intricate plan of revenge that brings her into Clyde's life.

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Redline - Stunt coordinator-turned-director Andy Cheng really loves cars and car crashes. This film -- the nominal story is about some kind of race with a million dollar prize -- features several vehicles from collection real estate investor-turned-producer Daniel Sadek, who financed the movie to the tune of $26 million. Remember when Eddie Griffin (who co-stars in this movie) crashed a cherry red Enzo Ferrari (one of only 400 ever produced) at a charity event last month? It belonged to Sadek.

Slow Burn - Screenwriter Wayne Beach ( The Art of War, Murder at 1600) plunks into the director's chair with this thriller about a standoff between a D.A. with his eye on the mayor's job (Ray Liotta) and a gang leader (LL Cool J).

Trade - Cesar Ramos stars as Jorge, a 17-year-old boy whose 13-year-old girl sister Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped from Mexico City and forced into the sex trade. Jorge sets out to rescue her and is aided by a Texas cop Ray (Kevin Kline). In the meantime, Adrian's only friend is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman forced into the trade by the same criminal gang.

Unconscious - This "Freudian comedy" is a Spanish-language film that sends-up the sexual mores of Barcelona circa 1913 focusing on a psychoanalyst and his pregnant sister-in-law who are searching for her missing husband.

Year of the Dog - In this dark comedy directed by Mike White (writer of Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Nacho Libre, School of Rock), Molly Shannon plays a woman who descends into emotional turmoil after her beloved dog dies.