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December 14, 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:


3 stars

A wide-eyed young woman (Amy Adams) in a hoop-skirted wedding gown makes for a curious sight in New York City. But the filmmakers never overplay the fish-out-of
water angle. Giselle is self-confident, whether in the fairy kingdom of Andalasia or in Manhattan; and the prince (James Marsden) who has come to rescue her remains convinced that he's the bravest in the land – even if he now battles buses instead of ogres.
Rated PG

No Country for Old Men
4 stars
The role of a west Texas sheriff seems a bit too much up Tommy Lee Jones' alley at first. But he's actually less solemn than usual here. A brief scene of the sheriff and his wife (Tess Harper) shows why the lawman can maintain a twinkle even after seeing so much ugliness.
Rated R

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
3 1/2 stars
At the heart of Kelly Masterson's relentless script lies that most fraught of subject matters, family dynamics. And things can escalate considerably when two members of that family (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) decide to rob the family business.
Rated R

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