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Weekend Movie Guide: Like the Super Bowl...for Girls!

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Screw this! When's the 'Arliss' movie coming out? | Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

There's really no point in me carping or teasing about Sex and the City since it's obviously not a movie for me. Early ticket sales are showing it to be a surprisingly big hit in its first weekend. Maybe it's success will convince HBO to get off its ass, throw out a big pile of money and put together features for Deadwood and The Sopranos. Hell, I'd even pay to see John from Cincinnati on the big screen if Milchwould explain what it was all about.

The Foot Fist Way (LAist review later today) has been an underground hit for months now. It has definitely enabled the very funny Danny McBride to get a crapload of work in recent months. We'll see how this low-budget comedy does at the box-office. Will it be another breakout hit like Napoleon Dynamite or a rank failure like the hilarious and overlooked The Ten?

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One crazy woman. | Photo courtesy of IFC Films

I saw Savage Grace this year at Sundance and it probably lingered with me longer than any other film. It is a profoundly odd and disturbing film so be ready for some discomfort when you walk into the theater. Rarely has murder and incest felt so creepily real. It also features a great performance by the seamless Julianne Moore and the return of one of the true, bonafide indie directors, Tom Kalin.

The Strangers gets high marks for not dumbing down its content enough to get a pussy PG-13 rating. Credit is also deserved for casting the very underrated Scott Speedman. The presence of Liv Tyler, however, is a danger sign (has she resonated in anything since Stealing Beauty?). The story also seems like a quasi-rip-off of Michael Haneke's Funny Games. I'm tired of random murder.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a searing documentary that explores the culture of performance-enhancing drugs through the intriguing device of the director's own, steroid-using brothers. What's also unusual about the film is that it doesn't entirely embrace the advocacy angle that so many recent docs have employed. It would be easy to say, "Steroids Bad. Don't do them." Director Chris Bell takes a more ambivalent and satisfying path.

Stuck sounds more like an episode of Law & Order than it does a feature film (oh wait, it was). Basically, a woman gets involved in a hit-and-run car accident where she runs over a homeless man. Well, almost runs him over. He actually gets stuck in the windshield. And what does she do? The obvious thing--brings him home with her and leaves him in the garage to die. Sounds like fun for the whole family!

Tickets & Showtimes

Sex and the City
The Foot Fist Way
Savage Grace
The Strangers
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
Stuck

Reviews

Sex and the City
The Foot Fist Way
Savage Grace
The Strangers
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
Stuck

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Previews

Sex and the City

The Foot Fist Way

Savage Grace

The Strangers

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

Stuck