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Weekend Movie Guide: Punishing

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Titus Pullo is here to kick your ass! | Photo courtesy of Lions Gate Films

The first iteration of The Punisher basically sucked, but I think that's mostly because Thomas Jane (and I like Thomas Jane) isn't nearly so perfect for the part as is Ray Stevenson. He's the best thing that Punisher: War Zone has going for it. For any who never watched Rome (and you should!), expect to be blown away by this relatively unknown actor. Frost/Nixon is probably going to be a very well-made, decently compelling but not terribly complex film about the thrilling Richard Nixon. Basically, your ordinary, every day Ron Howard film.

Not sure what to make of Cadillac Records. The source material is rich stuff indeed, but Cedric the Entertainer and Beyonce? Pass. Nobel Son has Alan Rickman and anything featuring Alan Rickman is worth the price of a ticket. His presence more than counteracts the presence of the dull Bryan Greenberg and boring Eliza Dushku. If you've never had any personal experience with autism, The Black Balloon will make you feel like you've lived with it. Take that as a warning or as encouragement. Have a great weekend!

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