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Righteous Kill (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

For years now, film fans have been wanting to see Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in a movie together Heat really doesn't count and Righteous Kill, which should have been the answer to their wishes, went through theaters pretty quickly. You gotta wonder exactly what these people were expecting, because even with all the overacting both are famous for, this film is actually a highly entertaining police thriller. It's refreshingly more complicated than the typical cop flick, if only for the moral ambiguities it raises. A vigilante cop is roaming the city, killing criminals that get off scot-free, and red herrings abound, leading up to a truly surprising twist. Watching this almost makes you wish that both actors would retire after Kill, because really, how much further can they go? Louis Fowler

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Mirrors (NR)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Mirrors are good for so many things, such as managing your appearance, looking behind you ... OK, that's all I've got at the moment. But I never would have guessed their propensity for evil if not for the film Mirrors. Yep, you'd better think twice the next time you stop to straighten that stray hair, because your reflection might slice its throat with a piece of glass, killing you in the process. This is exactly what night watchman Kiefer Sutherland has to deal with when a burned-out department store's mirrors start reflecting his death and manipulating reality for their evil purposes. As silly as it all sounds, Mirrors is a decent enough horror movie, with plenty of scares and shocks to keep the kids happy. Best of all, it provided Sutherland a quick paycheck between seasons of 24. Louis Fowler

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An American Carol (PG-13)

Vivendi Entertainment

An American Carol is a film that, for most altweekly readers, will inspire boos, hisses and indigestion. It's a retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, filtered through the eyes of Rush Limbaugh-styled, right-wing politics. So, if you first can give me a second to duck your shoe, let me say: This film is actually pretty funny. Some of the jokes do fall flat, but the ones that work really do work. Go ahead and sue me, ACLU! Anti-American documentarian Michael Malone is about to have the Fourth of July banned, so he's visited by the ghost of patriotism past. It's directed by David Zucker of The Naked Gun and Airplane! fame, so it does have a good comedy pedigree. And, you have to admit, it's pretty ballsy to release a comedy that is squarely aimed at the left. Louis Fowler

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