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This week's new release recommendations

127 Hours

It's very possible that Danny Boyle is the filmmaker of this generation, and his current big-screen adaptation of the incredible real-life survival story of Aron Ralston—the hiker who cut his own arm off with a dull pocket knife after being trapped beneath a boulder—looks to be another revolutionary winner; expect a transcendental cinema experience that won't be easily forgotten.

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Due Date

Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis star as the ultimate odd couple in this comedy about two guys whom fate (or bad luck?) place together on a cross-country road trip. The combination of such versatile talent as what these two can offer will likely (and hopefully) make for an intelligent laughfest.

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Megamind

Will Ferrell is the blue-domed evil guru and Brad Pitt his arch-rival—the perfect superhero—in this heavily-hyped DreamWorks Animation picture. Like so many other CGI efforts (well, really all CGI efforts that aren't Pixar produced), this one has the chance to be original and funny, or to just teeter pathetically on the shoulders of its many predecessors.

Only one way to find out-- See It!!

Fair Game

This espionage thriller showcases the superior acting abilities of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn with the former playing a CIA agent whose operative knowledge becomes compromised; Penn is her husband who suddenly becomes a target after the information leak. Another great-looking story that just might ride its superstar cast's performances all the way to the award shows.

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For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry's film adaptation of Ntozake Shange's landmark 1975 stage production will likely be another empowering and relevant movie that will both celebrate and challenge the cultural perception of what it means to be black and—in this case—a woman.

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Four Lions

Satire-extraordinaire takes center screen with this dark British comedy that follows the 'training period' of four Jihadist terrorists whose collective clumsiness and naiveté just might add up to one suitable soldier; a controversial but oh so needed laugh at the expense of the extremists of our world.

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Red Hill

This Aussie import tells a 'modern' old west-like fable about a police officer who moves to the titular small-town in search of some peace and quiet, but instead stumbles upon a scene rife with high-stakes violence and bloodshed.

Rent It!!

Hors la loi (Outside the Law)

The next big French-cinema epic from acclaimed director Rachid Bouchareb is a period piece about three brothers in post-WWII Algeria who join that country's struggle for independence from France; this should be a high quality and hard-hitting film.

Rent It!!

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

A unique movie that is perhaps best qualified as a 'jazz musical,' and showcases the relationship of the namesake characters and places them upon a larger stage of dance, live performances, and a documentary-style look that should be an all-around aesthetically pleasing experience.

Rent It!!

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

A documentary about the notorious former-New York governor/current CNN talking-head whose 'it's us vs. them' platform stance while in office in regards to the then-impending financial crisis might have possibly—this film argues, at least—ushered in Spitzer's political demise. Notwithstanding of course is the man's highly publicized night life that ultimately destroyed his credibility in the public's eye—and this film examines it all.

Rent It!!

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