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MOVIE///PREVIEWS by Carl Dunker


up-beat music and its saccharine plot will put a smile on even the most seasonal-affected person’s face.


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The Devil Inside There’s no better way to start off the New Year than by watching another exorcism film. Shot in low-budget documentary format like the popular Paranormal Activity, The Devil Inside follows the journey of Isabella Rossi to help her demon-possessed mother, Maria, and the ensuing chaos that surrounds the attempted exorcism. Adult diapers are not provided, but should be.


OPENING JANUARY 13


Joyful Noise Another feel-good, sing-song-y film about two sassy women brought together by the power of young love and song. When Vi Rose Hill is picked to be the new director of a struggling, small-town choir, she must contend with G. G. Sparrow, the former director’s widow, and Randy, her ne’er do well grandson with a golden voice, to win the ‘Joyful Noise’ choir competition in L.A. Surely good feelings,


Underworld: Awakening In the second sequel of the Underworld series Kate Beckensale returns as Selene, the leather corset-wearing, lycan-slaying vampire who laughs in the face of Twi-hards. After being im- prisoned for 12 years, Selene awakens to find herself in a human-dominated world, where vampires and lycans are seen as a blight on society and are systematically hunted down. Selene must fight to stay alive and rescue the girl who might be the key to vampires’ survival.


Extremely Loud &


Incredibly Close Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock star in this feel-good film for the post-9/11 world. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows the quest of Oskar, a boy trying to make sense of


his father’s death in the World Trade Center. Upon finding a key tucked away inside his father’s closet, Oskar sets out to unravel what might be a last, cryptic message from his be- loved father. Be sure to bring some tissues, it’s sure to be a tear-jerker.


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Man on a Ledge In what’s probably the most vertigo-inducing way to prove his innocence, Sam Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, an escaped convict who takes to a ledge 20 stories over New York City. Unbeknownst to the police, public, and the media, his staged suicide attempt is really a massive smokescreen to allow his brother and a crack team of criminals to pull off the perfect heist and take down the man that put Nick behind bars. n


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