Friday movie roundup – Nov. 14

Wow, there is not much happening in Movieland this weekend. The Hollywood magic makers have given us only one new wide release, the James Bond escapade, “Quantum of Solace,” and it’s kind of generic. Entertaining, but nothing special. It’s especially disappointing given how good “Casino Royale” was. And is it too much to ask for a handful of dirty puns? I mean, honestly.

In limited release, however, is an excellent movie called “Synecdoche, New York,” written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation,” “Being John Malkovich,” etc.). It’s one of my favorite movies of the year, and if it’s not playing yet where you live, keep an eye out for it as it expands over the coming weeks. It contains this line, in reference to someone who has died after being riddled with cancer: “There was so little of him left they had to fill the coffin with cotton balls to keep him from rattling around.” Awesome.

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