February 3rd Film Releases

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Okay, I admit I haven't done this in a while, and now I'll say I'm sorry. See, not so hard. Now it's your turn.

What do you mean you didn't do anything wrong? That's just rubbish. Oh well, I forgive you regardless and give you my top three.

1) Good Night and Good Luck
2) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
3) Something New

There. I feel so much better now, don't you?

When a Stranger Calls
There's like this teenager who's babysitting in a strange house when she starts getting these totally creepy phone calls. Then she has to run for her life and stuff, but she can't really because the house is like SO isolated. I mean it would take like forever to get to the closest mall. Is that like scary or what?

Rated IM for Immature.

Something New
I only put this in my top three due to lack of options. A strong idealistic black woman falls for a white man and has to deal with her own feelings about interracial dating and those of her friends.

Go get your swirl on.

Good Night and Good Luck
I know this has been out for a while, but only in limited release to qualify for the 2006 Oscars. If you haven't seen it yet, go. It gives a historical perspective on the current climate of feverish patriotism and media self-censorship under outside pressures by telling the story of Edward R. Morrow’s defiance of Senator McCarthy during the height of the Cold War.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
If you don't love Tommy Lee Jones (in that favorite uncle kind of way) then there is something seriously wrong with you. This is his directorial debut and I can say from experience that it is very good. It's not a terribly exciting movie, but the characters are colorful without being unrealistic and Jones gives us sharp twist to the plot at the end.

If you don't see it in the theaters, then rent it on DVD.

A Good Woman
Um. I don't really know anything about this movie. By all accounts, the critics should be clamoring for this piece. It's set in the 1920's and it has a stellar cast, but the silence is deafening. This is a bad sign. Avoid this film at all costs.

Suits on the Loose
Two delinquents escape a rehabilitation camp by posing as Mormon missionaries and are taken in by a small, unassuming, Mormon town.

Once again, avoid this film at all costs. It's been produced and distributed by a Mormon company. It's pure propaganda. I don't need to tell you about the time John Travolta tried to do the same thing for Scientology, do I? No good can come from this. It's a historic fact.

What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole
An artist and photographer uses interviews and animation to illustrate the connection between quantum physics, neurobiology, and human consciousness.

Okay. I freely admit and embrace my geekness, but I draw the line at a movie like this.

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Lauren! You're back! I missed you! I don't go to the movies, but I read your reviews religiously! I seriously thought you had abandoned us in favor of the adnostic! And I was bummed.

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