last call

October 31, 2008|By Michael Sragow

Body of Lies : *** This film has met the sad box-office fate of other recent Middle East-themed movies, but this one didn't deserve its swift demise at the box office. Based on David Ignatius' novel, this solid thriller takes the spy-vs.-spy complications of the Cold War espionage thriller and adapts them to the volatile, risky world of contemporary insurgency and terrorism. Leonardo DiCaprio continues on a roll as an American agent determined to establish good-faith partnerships with Arab agents, and Russell Crowe is smarmily amusing as his boss. But Mark Strong steals the show as an all-knowing Jordanian agent: He's magnetic and assured, like the young Andy Garcia.

next friday

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: (Paramount Pictures) The Central Park Zoo animals finally take flight from the shores of Madagascar only to be stranded in the plains of Africa. With the voices of Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I.O.U.S.A: (Roadside Attractions) A documentary explores the country's credit crunch and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Soulmen : (Weinstein Co.) Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as former backup singers reunited by the funeral of their famous former bandleader after not speaking to each other for 20 years.

Role Models: (Universal Pictures) Two salesmen are sentenced to act as mentors rather than go to jail after wrecking a company truck on an energy-drink-fueled bender. With Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott.

Release dates are subject to change.

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