Friday movie roundup – Oct. 8

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Do you like horses who run very fast in comparison to other horses? Then the story of Secretariat is probably among your favorites! The movie “Secretariat” (review at Cinematical), however, pretty generic stuff.

Do you like romantic comedies in which a baby’s parents are killed and two people who dislike each other must raise the orphan? Really? You do? That is weird. Anyway, “Life As We Know It” is up your alley.

Do you like clinically depressed teenagers who address their problems with humor and warmth? Then may I present “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (review at Film.com), which is indeed kind of a funny story.

There’s also a new horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, “My Soul to Take,” but it wasn’t screened for critics. In fact, there was a promotional screening Thursday night, and the studio representatives were specifically told not to let any critics in. Review to come.

In limited release, the documentary “Catfish” is one of the most intriguing and compelling true stories you’re likely to see, and a fine counterpart to “The Social Network.” You also have “Enter the Void” (review at Cinematical), a trippy and technically marvelous rumination on a drug addict’s journey through the afterlife.

Let’s see, what else happened? “What’s the Big Deal?” at Film.com is about “Stagecoach,” and “Eric’s Bad Movies” has “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.” And at Cinematical, I made some jokes about Darren Aronofsky and Zack Snyder.

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