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In Theaters: "The Roommate,' 'Sanctum,' 'The Other Woman'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 4, 2011 5:11 AM
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Well, it's February, the groundhog saw his shadow, which means spring is coming soon, but unfortunately, there's no groundhog to show us the light at the end of the crap, horrible films tunnel, so we'll just have to keep humping those Oscar screeners. Not much in theaters to tempt one from the warmth of home, where there's cable, DVDs, Netflix Instant and Hulu (important PSA: this writer just discovered that the short documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is on Hulu, so RUN don't walk over there right now to watch it, then come back and read the rest of this post. Okay, you're back, wasn't that great?!). If you're going to get out and make your way to the theater, there are a few selections that may entice you. "The Roommate" adds to the list of things young girls should be terrified of, "Sanctum" gives you a nice dose of 3D claustrophobia, the producers of "The Other Woman" grab the Natalie Portman zeitgeist by the hair and shake the life out of it, Halle Berry's failed Oscar bait "Frankie and Alice" opens in limited release, and there are a few other flicks to wile away a winter weekend.

Review: 'Sanctum' Proves That Three Dimensions Plus One Cave Equals Zero Imagination

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 3, 2011 5:02 AM
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An old saying that we just made up goes like this: make a movie about a topic that no one has really addressed and your film automatically becomes an interesting novelty simply by existing. It's why "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" will forever be considered the definitive dodgeball movie, but "Kansas City Bomber" is not the definitive roller derby movie considering "Whip It" came a couple of decades later, despite that film being inferior to "Kansas City Bomber." Of course, we can't find a whole lot of super realistic cave-diving movies, so congratulations, "Sanctum," you're a cinematic footnote by default.

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