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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Movie Guide: Politics & Swank Jackasses

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Even Hollywood's been breached by the midterm elections! Gloria Allred, apparently bored with muckraking the governor's race, has her sights set on Conviction, the new Hilary Swank film where the actress goes from low-life to lawyer to defend her brother from a murder rap. Go rattle your own saber at Inside Job, the Wall Street corruption doc in limited release at the Landmark. Propositions 20 & 27 aim to change the process of redistricting - what a perfect time for a cinematic primer on Gerrymandering! LAist's own Farley Elliott reviewed Gerrymandering earlier this week. His conclusion? The film "very smartly peeks open the heavy lid of political dullness", but it often "lacks a clear message". This critique cannot be applied to I Want Your Money, whose trailer boasts Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Fox News clips and a cartoon boxing match pitting Obama against Reagan.

For my preferred spin, the other big Red film opening this weekend was spun off from a Warren Ellis comic. Following the Expendables model, the film brings aged actioners Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman & Helen Mirren together as former CIA agents who can still kick some serious ass. Another well-worn crew returns to the fold with Jackass 3D, promising the grandest, grossest scale entertainment of the year. This latest offering is shot with state-of-the-art Phantom HD slow-motion cameras for one finely-detailed disaster. Then, as you could probably guess, it thrusts god-knows-what off the screen and into your lap.

If you’d like to see something even further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!

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