Friday movie roundup – Sept. 17

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Yeah, I don’t know why this didn’t go up on Friday. Goblins?

Ben Affleck’s “The Town” is wicked smaht. “Easy A” is a sharp, funny teen comedy. “Devil” (produced by M. Night Shyamalan), one of Hollywood’s Shameful Secrets®, is mediocre but not bad. Something called “Alpha and Omega,” about computer-animated wolves was screened for critics, but on a Sunday afternoon, and eff that.

At Film.com, “What’s the Big Deal?” is about “The 400 Blows,” one of them French movies from that New Wave they had over there.

Finally, “Eric’s Bad Movies” has at long last captured its white whale: “Cool As Ice,” starring Vanilla Ice. Every time I have asked for suggestions for this column, many people have said “Cool As Ice.” It’s a no-brainer. The problem has been that it was never released on DVD, and barely released on VHS (not that I would stoop to watching a videotape anyway). But now, in conjunction with its U.K. DVD release, it’s available in the U.S. through Netflix’s Watch Instantly, and so I was able to see it. What a blessed age we live in.

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