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December 7, 2007
Carla Meyer's Movie Picks

Looking to see a movie this weekend? In today's Weekend Ticket, I review those movies opening this week. But, if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:

American Gangster
3 stars
Director Ridley Scott brings a brisk pace to the picture, which keeps things lively and lends special emphasis to those moments when things do slow down. Like when future drug lord Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), on the day of his mentor’s funeral, notices that a rival set down his drink on a nice wooden table. Frank very pointedly offers a coaster. It’s an act of hostility cloaked in civility – an act that only Washington, equal parts menacing criminal and disapproving high school principal, can pull off.
Rated R

Enchanted
3 stars
Directed by Kevin Lima, this film maintains an appealingly modest quality while deftly mixing new-school effects with hand-drawn animation. Giselle’s (Amy Adams) tiny chipmunk sidekick, Pip, generates plenty of laughs in CGI-enhanced live-action form.
Rated PG

No Country for Old Men
4 stars
Woody Harrelson plays a mercenary hired by a drug- trafficking kingpin who conducts business from a top floor of a Dallas high-rise. It’s always tough to buy Harrelson as someone smart (blame his fine work on “Cheers”), but he seems savvy here. Part of that might be his J.R. Ewing get-up.
Rated R

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