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October 03, 2008

Eagle Eye

** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)

$29.2

million

$29.2 million

1 week

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 118 minutes

What it's about: A mysterious woman who seems able to control any electronic device coerces an aimless slacker (Shia LaBeouf, above) and a single mother (Michelle Monaghan) into implementing a plot that may bring down the U.S. as we know it.

Our take: It's moderately gripping, but, too often, watching this movie is like seeing someone else crack a jigsaw puzzle.

Nights in Rodanthe

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$13.4

million

$13.4 million

1 week

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 97 minutes

What it's about: Based on a Nicholas Sparks best-seller, the film is about an emotionally bruised woman (Diane Lane, above) who finds love while running a hotel in a coastal North Carolina town.

Our take: It should be a surefire weepie, but not even Lane can push this soggy mass uphill.

Lakeview Terrace

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$7

million

$25.7 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 110 minutes

What it's about: An interracial couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington, above) move to an L.A. suburb and almost immediately suspect their neighbor, a veteran black cop (Samuel L. Jackson), of plotting to drive them out of the neighborhood.

Our take: It's one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.

Fireproof

** ( 2 STARS)

$6.8

million

$6.8 million

1 week

Rated: PG

Running time: 124 minutes

What it's about: A firefighter named Caleb (Kirk Cameron, above) whose loveless marriage is headed for divorce court tries a 40-day caring-for-marriage regimen with a Christian underpinning.

Our take: The story may be a bit gimmicky and the central couple is thinly drawn, but the cast of mostly amateurs is surprisingly good.

Burn After Reading

** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)

$6.2

million

$45.6 million

2 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 96 minutes

What it's about: Espionage gets mixed up with a gym worker's desire to get a Hollywood body, a CIA wife's move to get a divorce, and a U.S. Treasury agent's propensity to get some thrills.

Our take: You can't fault the ensemble, which includes George Clooney (above), but the movie lacks internal combustion. It's more like a lava lamp than lava.

Igor

** ( 2 STARS)

$5.4

million

$14.2 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG

Running time: 87 minutes

What it's about: A lowly mad scientist's assistant (voiced by John Cusack) dreams of shattering the castle ceiling and inventing his own mad creature.

Our take: Inspired by the dark-hearted stop-motion fables of Tim Burton, this is one of those fever-pitched computer-generated whizbangs in which every character spits out lines like an overcaffeinated comic.

My Best Friend's Girl

No stars

$3.9

Million

$14.6 million

2 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 101 minutes

What it's about: Dane Cook stars as a womanizer who specializes in repairing breakups. He takes women (including Kate Hudson, above) on nightmarish dates to show them how good they had it with the guy who cheated or otherwise hurt them.

Our take : It's hideously sexist, cliched, shamelessly derivative and laughably insincere. To top it all off, it's not even funny.

Righteous Kill

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$3.7

million

$34.7 million

3 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 101 minutes

What it's about: When a vigilante starts killing bad guys, two pairs of detectives - Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (above), and John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg - begin to suspect a cop might be sending pimps and rapists to their deaths.

Our take: What we get is plain bad direction and writing - and, sadly, mediocre acting.

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