Pride and glory
The gist: Wow, another gritty crime drama about the NYPD, this time following a family in which everyone is a cop and one is the criminal. R
Starring: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, Frank Grillo, Rick Gonzalez and Shea Wigham.
The buzz: A good cast doesn't save one big cliche. "Feels like a film that should have been made at least 25 years ago. Or made as a period piece," Variety says. "Heavy, doom-laden and, unfortunately, entirely predictable."
The gist: Tobin Bell must be glad some looney tune is using Jigsaw's face as a hockey mask substitute, so he can keep making these ridiculous torture-porn sequels. Still, it is Halloween ... R
Starring: Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Carlo Rota and Julie Benz.
The buzz: Apparently among the victims were critics given an advance screening. Like you don't know what to expect.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
The gist: They're all growns up! Now all we can do is wait for College Musical. G
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Bart Johnson and Alyson Reed.
The buzz: Hey, you know if you have to take your 'tweener to go see this, so just deal with it. It's about what you'd expect, though. "Even if the refreshing gust doesn't stay with you long, it's fun while it lasts," USA Today says.
The gist: A trailer mom is drawn into the world of trafficking illegal immigrants into America because she's broke. She must live in an anti-America part of America. R
Starring: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O'Keefe, Charlie McDermott and Mark Boone Jr.
The buzz: A great flick that puts a face on a social issue. "A tale of ordinary Americans scraping bottom, yet there's a redemption in that," Entertainment Weekly says. "The film asks: If you were this desperate, wouldn't you do the same?"
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