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The buzz on Enchanted--and especially Amy Adams--has been high for the last few weeks. Weren't they saying the same thing about Adams, though, after Junebug? Either way, I'll see Enchanted this weekend. In a strange way, it reminds me of Galaxy Quest. Stay with me here. I thought Galaxy Quest looked horrible when I saw the previews, but I ended up loving it. Will the same hold true for Enchanted?

I'm actually a fairly huge fan of Timothy Olyphant. From Go to Deadwood, I've always liked what he brought to the screen. Hitman, however, may test my devotion. Critics have been positively brutal and I've never even played the video game on which the movie is based. Still, I'm tempted to check it out. The presence of the lovely Olga Kurylenko is a further incentive. She may replace Marion Cotillard as my favorite screen siren.

After opening in New York last week, Margot at the Wedding finally makes its way out west. I enjoyed Baumbach's last, The Squid and the Whale, but that was mostly due to Jeff Daniel's hangdog performance. The prospect of seeing a frosty Nicole Kidman does not fill me with anticipation. Isn't she always a little frosty anyway? Likewise, I enjoy Jack Black's comedic stuff but his dramatic turns have always left me a little flat.

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It's odd. I have intense admiration for Todd Haynes as a filmmaker, but I don't think I've ever seen one of his movies more than once. I guess some of that can be attributed to the portrait of him created by Christine Vachon in her two autobiographies. My early take on I'm Not There is that I'll probably admire it more than like it. The cast is phenomenal and Dylan is certainly worthy of such an ambitious film. I hope it turns out to be magic.

I understand it's not nice to pile on kids, but I think I've had just about enough of Freddie Highmore. What have his handlers done with Dakota Fanning?! It seems like he's getting every role she used to get. As for August Rush, I loved Keri Russell in Waitress but this material seems a little saccharine. Furthermore, does anyone else think that Robin Williams looks extremely creepy in the previews? This one's on the must-avoid list!

The Mist looks like a boilerplate horror film, but I have a teensy bit of hope for it considering it's being helmed by Frank Darabont. He's done the best adaptation of a King story to date (The Shawshank Redemption), but his recent work has been a little dodgy (The Majestic may have killed Jim Carrey's career). Thomas Jane is a draw for me, though. His work in Deep Blue Sea ranks high on my guilty pleasures list.

In recent years, Tyler Perry has proven that the African-American market is extremely under-served in terms of content. This Christmas attempts to carry on his success (the story actually has sort of a Perry feel to it). Delroy Lindo is usually consigned to playing some version of a thug (though his thug in Get Shorty was absolute perfection), so it's nice to see him in the role of the wise patriarch.

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Tickets & Showtimes

Enchanted
Hitman
Margot at the Wedding
I'm Not There
August Rush
The Mist
This Christmas

Reviews

Enchanted
Hitman
Margot at the Wedding
I'm Not There
August Rush
The Mist
This Christmas

Previews

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Enchanted

Hitman

Margot at the Wedding

I'm Not There

August Rush

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The Mist

This Christmas

Photos courtesy of Disneyand The Weinstein Company