Greetings. Just the usual Friday movie release post here. One of these days I will take time out from my writing to stop here and write a real post. Til then, enjoy reading about these movies opening today, and coming soon.

NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Inglourious Basterds

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a war movie. It isn’t. It’s a Quentin Tarantino movie, which means lots of smart, stylish fun and action and not much emotional resonance.

Shorts

Robert Rodriguez directs this collection of short films about kids (and adults) who encounter a magical wishing rock deep in the heart of Texas. It’s a childish but fun fantasy.

Post Grad

This comedy about a college graduate unable to find a job might have been a satirical look into our soured economy. Instead, it’s flat and sitcom-like without any idea of what it wants to be.

Cold Souls

What if you decided you’d be better off without a soul and had it removed? That’s the inspired premise of this surreal film highlighted by dreamlike cinematography.

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love

Director Chai Vasarhelyi has made a thoughtful and beautifully photographed documentary about Youssou N’Dour, a devout Muslim and Grammy-winning pop music icon.

X Games 3D: The Movie

The X-Games makes a dandy proving ground for 3D film. As a movie, though, it isn’t a movie at all. It’s a 90-minute commercial for the games, lacking drama, compelling characters or story line.

More movie reviews

OPENING FRIDAY, August 28 From Guidelive.com

Thirst: A priest becomes a vampire in this movie from Korean director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy).

The Final Destination 3D: It’s the first 3-D installment for the series where friends try to cheat death with some gruesome results.

Halloween II: Rob Zombie continues his re-imagination of the slasher series.

Taking Woodstock: Based on Elliot Tiber’s memoir, this comedy follows his fateful phone call to the producers behind the historic festival.

Jerichow: A series of events affects the relationship between a man, his wife and his employee.

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