Friday movie roundup – Oct. 31

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Happy Halloween! I hope you are able to spend this special holiday season with family and loved ones. If not, at least you can go to the movies and watch a story about two friends making pornography!

“Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is mostly funny, a little weak in the last act, overall a decent effort from Kevin Smith and friends. It’s a good title for a movie because it explicitly tells you what’s going to happen in it, thus leaving viewers with no excuse if they are offended. No excuse!

Angelina Jolie’s “Changeling” (reviewed at Film.com) is long and rambly, clearly the work of an old man who forgot what he was saying — oh, right, the director was Clint Eastwood. That explains it.

“The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” the requisite Halloween horror flick, was not screened for critics. Boo (as in opposite of hooray)! I’m reviewing it for Cinematical later today.

The chipper and upbeat “Happy-Go-Lucky,” in limited release, is worth seeking out.

Even more worth seeking out: “Dear Zachary,” which is one of the most heartfelt and emotionally devastating films I’ve ever seen. It opened in New York today and will probably only play in a few other major cities before its TV premiere on MSNBC (of all places) in December. I’ll definitely keep you posted, because it’s an amazing movie.

That’s it for the movies. Enjoy the day’s satanic merriment!

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