Sorry I have not been here for a couple of weeks with the movie list. We had our ceiling collapse during a rain storm, and had to deal with that mess. The roof had lost some shingles, but that is now taken care of, and or ceiling is fixed.

This week we have Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, a new film by Michael Moore which does to the financial crisis what he did to the health care issue in “Sicko”. Add to that, the film that all the predictions say is going to take the Box office this week; “Zombieland” starring Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. Director Reuben Fleischer claims he was inspired to make the film by “Shaun of the Dead” another zombie comedy.

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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Zombieland

Nimble, clever twist on zombie-invasion flicks does just about everything right. The characters are likable, the horror and humor fly at you in equal amounts, andit doesn’t wear out its concept.

Whip It

A teen (Juno‘s Ellen Page) breaks free of her small-town provincialism when she discovers roller derby. Debut director Drew Barrymore has made a movie about growing up and being cool about it as you do.

The Invention of Lying

On an alternate Earth where humans never evolved the ability to lie, Ricky Gervais plays the guy who discovers fibs, fiction, exaggerations, little white lies and whoppers to get what you want.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Director Michael Moore‘s in-your-face documentary is a Woody Guthrie protest song, a righteous call to action and, by the end, the defining moment of Moore’s career.

A Woman in Berlin

Rape by Russian soldiers was so common in 1945 Berlin that “How often?” was a manner of greeting. This stands as a concise summary of the insights provided by this sprawling, powerful film.

Unmistaken Child

Even atheists may find their world rocked by this simple documentary about a Buddhist monk’s search for the reincarnated soul of his beloved teacher.

Lorna’s Silence

A young Albanian woman is involved in a dangerous criminal scheme. Her discovery that she is not as cynical as the criminals around her resonates emotionally in this well-crafted and surprising thriller.

Paranormal Activity
Hoping to capture evidence of the haunting on film, a young couple sets up video cameras in their home, but they are not prepared for the terrifying occurrences which follow. The studio declined to screen this film in advance for critics.

More movie reviews

OPENING FRIDAY, Oct. 9 From Guidelive.com

Couples Retreat: Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are money on a marriage-counseling vacation.

The Boys Are Back: A widowed father (Clive Owen) has an interesting parenting philosophy.

A Serious Man: A physics professor seeks the advice of three rabbis in his quest to become “a serious man.”

Coco Before Chanel: Audrey Tatou plays Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in this biopic.

Beeswax: Twin sisters get through some awkward personal and professional moments in Austin.

Walt & El Grupo: Walt Disney and a group of animators visit South America at the behest of the U.S. government and return with Saludos Amigos.

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