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Sleepwalking (R)
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
How many movies about dysfunctional white trash has Charlize Theron been a part of in the past 10 years? It may be in the hundreds winning an Oscar will do that to you. Here's her latest, the wildly overwrought and comically overacted Sleepwalking from director William Maher. Theron is a horrible mother who, after choosing a date with a seedy trucker over her daughter (AnnaSophia Robb), abandons the 'tween, leaving her in the custody of her lonely, twitchy uncle James (Nick Stahl). Together, the girl and James go on a road trip and bond to many montage sequences that are meant to display whimsy, but feel out of place with the movie's otherwise bleak and morose tone. As the uncle, Stahl delivers the film's only noteworthy performance, and he does make the film worth a rental. Louis Fowler

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Batman: Gotham Knight (PG-13)
Warner Premiere
Released just in time to coincide with the new live action Bat-sequel The Dark Knight, this gorgeous original animated movie acts as a prequel of sorts, showing Bruce Wayne in his first year as Batman. An anthology written by talents including David Goyer and Brian Azzarello and animated by the biggest names in anime, the stories are top-notch and worthy of this masterful cinematic reinvention. We see Batman learning Indian techniques to move through pain, encounters with villains Killer Croc and Deadshot, and a very cool story about how a group of inner-city kids view the urban legend who is the Caped Crusader. This is not some thrown-together, Saturday-morning kiddie fare this is a serious, adult take that shows respect and reverence for the character while never forgetting the heroic aspects of its comic-book roots. Louis Fowler

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Hell's Ground (NR)
TLA Releasing
It seems lately the horror films that have been really rocking my socks off have been those oddities from far-off lands like India and Indonesia. Let's add Pakistan to this list. Hell's Ground is historic the first Pakistani splatter film and while at first glance it appears not only derivative but maybe even a rip-off of many American films, that impression is quickly laid to rest when you see the absolute love the filmmakers have for the material. The feeling is infectious and carries throughout the whole experience. Director Omar Ali Khan mixes lost teenagers, hungry zombies, polluted mutants, inbred clans and a monstrous killer with a huge spiked mace and a bloodstained burqa. The most surprising thing is how much of a morality tale it is, something that Americans seem to have forgotten. Let's hope this first isn't Pakistan's last. Louis Fowler


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