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Holiday Weekend Update: Good and Plenty

Holiday Weekend Update: Good and Plenty

There’s plenty to see in theaters this weekend.

While it’s ingeniously improvised by likable actors at a real poker tournament, The Grand is not as funny as the last mock doc by writer-director Zak Penn, The Incident at Loch Ness. The wily Werner Herzog is the funniest thing in both movies.

My recent Judd Apatow poll shows Pineapple Express leading in want-to-see over his three other comedies, including this weekend’s well-advertised opener, Drillbit Taylor. Pineapple Express’s director, the usually darkly dramatic David Gordon Green, has in release Snow Angels, which played at Sundance 2007. It’s well worth seeing before it disappears. So is Gus Van Sant’s brilliant, stark Cannes entry Paranoid Park.

The moody period noir thriller Married Life is marred by miscasting: the estimable Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan are both in love with the 20-something femme fatale Rachel McAdams. Excellent actors all. But yucky. I preferred AMC’s similar but more stylish Mad Men.

Among the Oscar-season holdovers, Oscar-winner The Counterfeiters and animation nominee Persepolis are hanging in with great WOM. I caught The Band’s Visit last weekend, a small gem which was ineligible as Israel’s Oscar entry because its Egyptians and Israelis communicate in English.

And of course, the delightful The Bank Job is showing legs.

[Photos: Snow Angels, Paranoid Park, The Counterfeiters, Persepolis]

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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