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Also opening: 'Lakeview Terrace,' 'My Best Friend's Girl,' 'Igor'

St. Petersburg's favorite son Patrick Wilson, left, stars in Lakeview Terrace (PG-13), a thriller whetting our appetites before his superhero role in Watchmen arrives next summer.

Lakeview Terrace is the street where Chris and Lisa Mattson (Wilson, Kerry Washington) purchase their first home. Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) is an intimidating neighbor, but he's also a police officer, which judging by preview trailers gives him a superiority complex that turns dangerous.

Screen Gems didn't screen Lakeview Terrace in time for Weekend. You'll find a full review Friday on Etc, Page 2B.

The mystery of Dane Cook's movie career continues with My Best Friend's Girl (R). Perhaps this time we'll find clues to the standup comedian's ability to get roles despite lousy box office numbers.

Cook plays a ladies' man named Tank whose buddy Dustin (Jason Biggs) is having romantic troubles. Dustin gets dumped by Alexis (Kate Hudson, right, with Cook), prompting him to ask Tank for a favor: Take Alexis on a bad date, so perhaps she'll realize what a great guy she's missing. Of course the scheme won't work flawlessly or else My Best Friend's Girl would be a short subject. We can expect Alexis to fall for Tank and vice versa, with Dustin stammering on the sidelines about his unlucky lot in life.

Rarely do animated movies sneak into theaters without advance screenings. But that's the situation with Igor (PG), which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is keeping under wraps.

John Cusack provides the voice of Igor, a mad scientist's hunchbacked assistant who believes life has greater plans for him than dusting test tubes. Winning the annual Evil Science Fair would promote Igor to mad scientist status, with whatever benefits accompany that title.

Other celebrity voices include John Cleese, Steve Buscemi and Sean Hayes, formerly of Will & Grace.

Children will likely be entertained, but MGM's apparent lack of confidence in a sure-fire genre flick doesn't bode well.

Also opening: 'Lakeview Terrace,' 'My Best Friend's Girl,' 'Igor' 09/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:54am]
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