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SUPERBAD 4 stars (R) Jonah Hill and Michael Cera make a classic comedy duo as two nebbischy high schoolers trying to buy beer and score with girls before they go off to separate colleges. Although Superbad pays homage to the horny teen comedies of the 1980s, it's far funnier, warmer and better acted than any of them (except possibly Fast Times at Ridgemont High). -- Holman
SYDNEY WHITE (PG-13) Amanda Bynes plays a tomboy college freshman who joins forces with a group of dorky outcasts to wage war against the campus elite.
TRADE 2 stars (R) Based on a New York Times Magazine article about the global slave trade where women and girls from abroad are kidnapped into sexual slavery, this film is creepy and dire in all the wrong ways. German director Marco Kreuzpaintner juxtaposes the progress of a 13- year-old Mexican girl (Paulina Gaitan) abducted from Mexico City to "sell" in New Jersey with that of her brother (Cesar Ramos) desperate to find her who is helped by a cop (Kevin Kline) looking for his own daughter. Their often comically presented road trip as they chase down the about-to-be-sacrified virgin is especially repugnant. -- Feaster
TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (PG-13) Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) brings his theatrical production to the big screen where he stars alongside Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. The film explores the difficulties of modern relationships through the stories of eight married college friends.
VANAJA 3 stars (NR) The adolescent daughter (Mamatha Bhukya) of an Indian fisherman encounters obstacles to her dream of becoming a traditional Kuchipudi dancer. Indian director Rajnesh Domalpali provides a fine showcase for the art form as well as two terrific performances from Bhukya and Urmila Dammannagari as a former dancer turned imperious land-owner, although the increasingly petty human conflicts never prove as compelling as the dancer numbers.-- Holman
WE OWN THE NIGHT HIIII (R) James Gray (The Yards) has unwisely chosen to return to material that seems beyond his reach in this story of a good cop brother (Mark Wahlberg) and a coke-head bad brother (Joaquin Phoenix) who battle for their daddy's (Robert Duvall) approval and the soul of 1988 New York. Gray does nothing to revitalize the genre of New York crime pictures and his handling of character, plot and even the most basic period details is equally sloppy. -- Feaster