(500) Days of Summer: A romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Boy believes Girl to be he his soul-mate, based on a mutual love of The Smiths and surrealist artist René Magritte. Boy's earnestness must overcome Girl's aloofness.
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All About Steve: The worst movie of 2009? Sure, some people have said that. But the 6% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes would seem to mitigate that claim. Sandra Bullock stars as a manic crossword puzzle writer, obsessed with Bradley Cooper and patent leather go-go boots.
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District 9: An intriguing mix of Office-style pseudo-documentary and sci-fi action. District 9 was a surprise box-office hit that has already been hailed as a classic. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong).
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Extract: Mike Judge is best known as the creator of the animated television shows Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill, but he has directed several "live action" comedies (including Office Space, a masterpiece of workplace angst). Judge's latest film stars Jason Bateman as the disenchanted head of a flavor-extract company. Also starring: Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, and Mila Kunis.
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