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DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy, gets back to his Evil Dead horror roots in this promisingly lurid-looking thriller in which Alison Lohman rejects the mortgage extension of a spooky old woman, only to find herself on the receiving end of a demonic curse. It could be The Omen for an age of home foreclosures
ENLIGHTEN UP! 2 stars (NR) Filmmaker Kate Churchill explores the multibillion dollar yoga industry by sending 29-year-old ex-journalist Nick Rosen on an extensive immersion in various yoga disciplines from Manhattan to India. The film begins as a tongue-in-cheek exposé along the lines of a Morgan Spurlock film, but takes a more reverent turn as Nick connects to sensible "gurus." Intriguing tension develops between the filmmaker and subject when Nick fails to experience a spiritual transformation, but the film goals seem misguided from the outset. — Holman
EVERY LITTLE STEP 3 stars (PG-13) This behind-the-scenes documentary about Broadway's recent revival of A Chorus Line captures the spirit of the hit musical far better than Sir Richard Attenborough's misguided 1985 film version. Life imitates art when would-be Broadway stars dance their hearts out in rehearsal rooms and sing A Chorus Line's signature tunes. The film traces A Chorus Line's origins from a late-night marathon conversation involving choreographer Michael Bennett and other dancers, while generating "American Idol"-type suspense as we wait to see who gets cast. — Holman
FADOS 3 stars Focuses on fado, a type of music that can be traced back to 1820s Portugal. Through a series of musical vignettes, we journey through the history of fado, studying its various styles and permutations as it absorbs Brazilian and African influences.
FOOD, INC. 4 stars (PG-13) Director Robert Kenner serves a harrowing sampler’s platter of themes from such recent culinary exposes as Super Size Me, King Corn and the docudrama Fast Food Nation. The film offers a devastating portrait of how the admirable goal of cheap, plentiful foodstuffs has had unintended consequences that can harm the health and employability of the American work force, while forcing small farmers out of business. Despite icky food revelations and grim tales of corporate bullying, Food, Inc. includes enough positive examples to hold out hope for the future. — Holman
THE HANGOVER 3 stars (R) The morning after a raucous Vegas bachelor party, the hungover groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) woozily retrace their steps to find the mysteriously missing groom. From Old School director Todd Phillips, The Hangover overstays its welcome by about 10 minutes and doesn't quite live up to its own trailer, which gives away some of the best gags. It still offers laughs most of the way through, and while Cooper gets top billing and Galifianakis plays the craziest character, former Atlantan Helms owns the movie as he captures the crumbling composure of a preppie dentist. — Holman
HARVARD BEATS YALE, 29-29 (NR) An extraordinary retelling of one of the most famous college football games in history, filmmaker Kevin Rafferty's (The Atomic Café) documentary combines rare footage of the wildly unpredictable 1968 game with unguarded, politically charged recollections from the original players. The two squads, both of which entered the contest undefeated, included a Vietnam vet as well as members of both paramilitary and antiwar groups; at Harvard, the team also included actor Tommy Lee Jones (who reminisces about his roommate Al Gore), while Yale's star quarterback Brian Dowling became the inspiration for B.D., the jock character in Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip.
THE HURT LOCKER 5 stars (R) In 2004 Baghdad, two U.S. "bomb techs" (Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty) hope to finish their tour without getting killed by the confident, reckless Sgt. James (Jeremy Renner in a star-making performance). Director Kathryn Bigelow presents the most original and gripping war film since Saving Private Ryan by crafting bomb disposal set pieces that draw the audience's attention as taut as a tripwire. Compared to other Iraq War films, The Hurt Locker keeps its politics close to the chest, while exploring the psychological impact war can have on our soldiersí psyches. — Holman
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS (PG) In the third, 3-D entry in the Ice Age franchise, the wisecracking prehistoric mammals discover a subterranean realm populated by dinosaurs. Simon Pegg joins the vocal team of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, et. al.
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