Well, I know which movie most of you will be seeing this week. You have a couple other interesting choices, though.

The Hurt Locker
Opening in limited release is this drama about the war(s) in the Middle East, starring Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes, and Evangeline Lily. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won all sorts of awards that no one’s ever heard of. Roger Ebert gave it four stars, so it must be pretty good. Definitely worth a look.

See it if you liked Stop-Loss, Three Kings, or Blackhawk Down

I Love You, Beth Cooper
I seriously doubt this one will show up second on anyone else’s list, but I just can’t bring myself to recommend Bruno, no matter how many millions it will make off of the world’s drunken frat boys. This one doesn’t look like a classic, but it does look like a serviceable romantic comedy. Written by Larry Doyle (The Simpsons) and directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), it depicts the night together between the valedictorian and most popular girl in school following graduation. It probably won’t get any five-star reviews, but it could turn out to be Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist for those of us who aren’t pretentiously indie.

See it if you have a date. (A shallow one.)

I imagine that everyone who’s going to see this one already knows about it. Something of a sequel to Borat, this one features another one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters from his comedy series Da Ali G Show(this one a gay fashion designer), traveling across the country and making people look stupid. I personally can’t get behind his schtick (”I out racists and homophobes by being racist and homophobic!”), but I do have to admit that his comedy has its occasional funny moments. See it if you want, but don’t make me listen to you list off every part that makes you laugh. Thanks.

See it if you’re convinced there’s still gold to be mined from the “guerilla comedy” genre

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