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Weekend Movie Guide: Clear your schedule!

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This weekend is one of those weekends where--if you love movies--you'll be hard-pressed to choose which one (or two) to see. Most will probably settle on American Gangster, and I don't see anything wrong with that. Couple two powerhouse actors (Denzel & Crowe) with a reliable director (Ridley), add a compelling story that has slipped through the cracks for years and you have what looks to be a great, studio picture.

If, like the old lady in Airplane, you're looking for something a little more light, Bee Movie should suit you. Jerry Seinfeld makes his first, big foray into motion pictures and while reviews have been mostly average (Dreamworks Animation is no Pixar), expect families to trek out this weekend to enjoy the movie with Junior. Personally, I was hoping for something a little sharper from Jerry. I guess he needs Larry David for that.

Sharkwater (LAist review here) is a beautiful, thrilling documentary about the alpha hunters of the ocean. This is a movie that begs to be seen on the big screen where its amazing underwater vistas can be fully appreciated. It's been a great year for documentaries (No End in Sight, The King of Kong) and Sharkwater continues that trend. Docs usually only last a few weeks in theaters so make the effort to see this soon.