last call

December 26, 2008|By Michael Sragow

Role Models ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) It's no great shakes, but this tale of two energy-drink salesmen (played by Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott) who become mentors in the Sturdy Wings program for maladjusted kids allows its talented cast (including Jane Lynch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bobb'e J. Thompson) plenty of pungent moments before it dissolves into a sea of goo. Rudd, in particular, gets a chance to display the self-deprecating charm he previously exploited to the hilt in the straight-to-video I Could Never Be Your Woman, co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer. (For a happy new year, make that your next rental.)

opening jan. 9

Bride Wars : (20th Century Fox) Childhood best friends plan their weddings, each to take place at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. But a clerical error and subsequent clash in wedding dates pit the two brides against each other in a competition that quickly escalates into all-out war. With Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Candice Bergen.

Gran Torino : (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood directs and stars as an iron-willed veteran forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.

Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser : (Weinstein Co.) A 20th-anniversary remake of the tale of an unfaithful wife and her attempt to help her lover escape from hell. Based on Barker's novella "The Hellbound Heart."

Not Easily Broken : (Screen Gems) A car accident and shifting affections test the bond between a married couple. With Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan and Cannon Jay.

Revolutionary Road : (Paramount Vantage) Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite as a married couple struggling with conformity and expectations in 1950s Connecticut. Directed by Sam Mendes.

The Unborn : (Rogue Pictures) A demonic spirit haunts a young woman, pulling her into a world of nightmares and threatening everyone she loves. With Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman.

Release dates are subject to change.

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