Hello all. Here are the Friday movies. Nothing spectacular this week. Enjoy.

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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

Cop Out

Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis are wisecracking New York cops on the trail of Mexican toughs in this Kevin Smith-directed comedy.

The Crazies

Bad drinking water turns residents of a rural Iowa town into zombies, ones who manage to hang on to their human capabilities while turning nine shades of evil.

The Ghost Writer

Roman Polanski’s terrific new thriller burns with style and sophisticated technique. The story centers on a ghost writer whos hired to pen the autobiography of a prime minister with lots of skeletons in his closet.

Saint John of Las Vegas

Steve Buscemi plays a down-on-his-luck guy who faces his demons on a road trip through Oddsville, U.S.A. Also starring Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman and Peter Dinklage.

Fish Tank

Writer-director Andrea Arnold’s frank and powerful glimpse of a dead-end British teenage life follows Katie Jarvis as a girl on her way to a serious date with trouble.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS

Chat With the Experts: Join the movies staff’s weekly discussion on the Oscar nominees at noon today. This week’s category: best animated feature film.

Previous chats: Read the critics’ thoughts on the nominees for best supporting actor and actress and best leading actor and actress

AMC Best Picture Showcase: Catch all 10 best picture nominees at your local theater.

Full list of nominees: Study up on who’s up for which awards.

Oscars night on The Screening Room: Watch the show with the movies staff beginning at 7 p.m. March 7.

OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 5 From Guidelive.com

44 Inch Chest: Ray Winstone’s wife cheated on him, and his friends put revenge into his hands.

Alice in Wonderland: Director Tim Burton takes on Lewis Carroll’s tale. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter.

Brooklyn’s Finest: Wesley Snipes (playing a drug dealer), Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere and Don Cheadle star in this crime drama from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).

District 13: Ultimatum: Two partners reunite to save a volatile ghetto in this action sequel written by Luc Besson (Taken).

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