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New movies this weekend

New movies

Traitor

The gist: A Sudanese-born American Muslim is at the center of a tangled investigation into bombings, a jail break, terrorist threats and all-around not-nice things. PG-13

Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Archie Panjabi, Alyy Kahn and Said Taghmaoui.

The buzz: More popcorn than politics. "Traitor is Syriana for dummies, a globe-hopping, multi-character look at the war between America and Islamic terrorists that keeps things as relatively simple as an episode of 24," the Miami Herald says.

College

The gist: Pre-froshes vs. frat boys on a recruiting weekend. Add sorority girls and stir. R

Starring: Gary Owens, Ryan Pinkston, Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Andrew Caldwell, Haley Bennett, Nick Zano and Camille Mana.

The buzz: R-rated college comedy. Who cares about reviews?

Babylon A.D.

The gist: Remember Children of Men, about the guy who had to escort the hope of humanity across a war-torn futuristic landscape? Like that, but with meathead Vin Diesel. PG-13

Starring: Diesel, Mélanie Thierry, Michelle Yeoh, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Jérôme Le Banner, Charlotte Rampling and Joel Kirby.

The buzz: Hardly anyone reviewed this one, but if you saw Chronicles of Riddick, you know what to expect.

Disaster Movie

The gist: No-names fight to save their careers after a series of acting misadventures. Like this one. PG-13

Starring: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, G-Thang, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan and Ike Barinholtz.

The buzz: You know what the PG-13 means? No nudity. Go see College.

Hamlet 2

The gist: A never-was drama teacher writes a sequel to Shakespeare's ode to dysfunction, which makes about as much sense as it sounds. R

Starring: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue and Melonie Diaz.

The buzz: The result is as uneven as the fictional play. "Attaining somewhat of a bad parody of a comedy, screenwriters Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady have slapped together a string of gags in a hit-and-miss dither. Some of it is quite brainy," the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Indie quickies

We don't have the space, but these independent joints are also playing.

American Teen

Another silly teen doc that feels pretty scripted. What is this, The Hills? PG-13

Tell No One

A pediatrician is a suspect in his wife's murder, even though she may still be alive. NR

Transsiberian

An American couple share a train ride with a couple who must be making the KGB very nervous. R

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

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