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Weekend Movie Guide: Jump and Dance

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There's a certain kooky irresistibility to Doug Liman. By many accounts, he's virtually impossible to work with and yet the movies he turns out are often very good (Swingers, The Bourne Identity), and one is even great (Go). That said, I'm hesitant to sign on for Jumper. I'm what some would call the opposite of a fan of Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson looks like she has encephalitis. Plus, Sam Jackson is slowly losing his edge, the CGI looks very CGI-ish and the story seems silly. Still, I'll probably see it and enjoy it more than I should.

Last year I led a failed crusade against the career of Freddie Highmore. Yeah, some say he's an extraordinarily talented child actor, but to me he's just a male iteration of the annoying Dakota Fanning. His latest vehicle is The Spiderwick Chronicles, a film about children who discover real faeries in their backyard. As the dramatic failure of The Golden Compass showed, the appetite for fantasy is not as broad nor as deep as the Lord of the Rings trilogy led some studios to believe. We'll see on Monday if Spiderwick bucks that trend.