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The Call, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Mindless Behavior: All Around the World

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The Call Let's be frank: Halle Berry is a horrible person. She's a hit-and-run driver whose breakup M.O. is to libel her latest ex all over the press, and the only reason she's an Oscar winner is that she race-guilted her way into recognition for her awful performance in a lousy movie. So when, 12 years later, she's stuck trying to outwit a killer in a March suspense thriller, the only appropriate response is "Thank you, Earl's karma." Director Brad Anderson got Christian Bale to starve himself down to next to nothing for The Machinist; here's hoping he convinces Halle she can one-up the "next to" part. (R) – Steve Schneider

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone I was totally in Steve Carell's corner when he declined to return to The Office for its final episode. He had already stuck by the series while it staggered into creative menopause; why should he have to show up at its deathbed to boost ratings? Freed from the shackles of the fifth-place network, he can concentrate on high-aiming cinematic projects, like this magician comedy helmed by … a veteran 30 Rock director. OK, so maybe that "onward and upward" business is going to take some shaking out. But at least Carell now gets to appear alongside established screen presences who aren't in any danger of having to head back to TV with their tail between their legs. Like … Jim Carrey. Oh, dear. Different topic: Did you know Tina Fey has a movie coming out next week? (PG-13) – SS

Mindless Behavior: All Around the World Whenever I'm in danger of becoming amused by my own snark, life has a lovely way of reminding me that nobody can make a movie look more ridiculous than the people who were actually paid to film and promote it. So in lieu of finding something assy to say about this kiddie concert doc, I humbly present its official synopsis as I have seen it represented on two entirely different websites: "From their early aspirations of becoming stars to fulfilling their wildest dreams, this concert documentary captures the movement that is 'Mindless Behavior,' which reminds us all that with hard." (End of transmission.) I couldn't have said it better, fellas. (G) – SS

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