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In Theaters: 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma,' 'Barney's Version,' 'Ong Bak 3'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 14, 2011 5:31 AM
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Screw Serious Cinema, It's Time for Some Laffs 'n Action Ah January, what a curious moviegoing month you are. You're the dumping ground for the studio dreck (long live Nic Cage's Festival of Wigs) because it's a time of AWARDS fever, with noms and screeners and Hollywood Foreign Press luncheons (and YOU get a Blu-Ray player, and YOU get a Blu-ray player!) up the wazoo. Hence the highly mixed bag of new releases we get every week. Some of these may benefit from the relative lack of competition, but it's pretty much a giant risk! The wide releases gambling this weekend are two comedies for those fans who are just SO tired of serious movies about heartbreak and family problems 'n shit. Seth Rogen's action comedy "The Green Hornet" hits screens after much speculation, skepticism, and a revolving door of talent (Cage's Jamaican accent NEVER FORGET), while Vince Vaughn and Kevin James bring the pain (and offensive jokes!) in the Ron Howard comedy, "The Dilemma." More serious minded comedy fans can catch "Barney's Version" in limited release and the true actionheads can geek out over Tony Jaa's sick moves in "Ong Bak 3."

Review: 'Barney's Version' Is Oscar-Baity Yet Goes Through The Motions

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 13, 2011 3:21 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that first ran during the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Watch: Trailer For 'Barney's Version' Starring Paul Giamatti & Dustin Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2010 6:27 AM
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In one of the boldest casting moves in recent memory, Paul Giamatti will be playing to an irascible, cantankerous schlub in the forthcoming "Barney's Version." Ok, while the role might be one that Giamatti can knock out in his sleep, and though we didn't think too much of it when we finally caught up with it at VIFF, with a pretty solid cast and based on an acclaimed by novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, we'll definitely take this over anonymous alien invasion flick #4271 any day of the week.

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