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44 Inch Chest (R)

Image Entertainment

Take a look at this cast: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson. It's a veritable Who's Who of classic British tough-guy actors, the type who would knock your teeth down your throat as soon as look at you. And here they're gathered in one tight little flick from the writers of Sexy Beast, brilliantly playing against their respective types. Winstone's wife has cuckolded him and, together with his pals, they've kidnapped her lover and plan to take revenge, but common sense and regret eventually get in the way. Winstone is a tearful mess, McShane is a flamboyant homosexual, Hurt is a bitter old man on the verge of death, and Wilkinson is a caring mama's boy. You've never seen these actors quite like this, and their out-of-character turns are testaments to their true acting abilities. — Louis Fowler

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Tales From the Script (NR)

First Run Features

Idealistic film students and newbie screenwriters with dreams of hitting the spec-sale lottery might want to hide the sharp kitchen utensils before this sobering, potentially depressing peek into the world of scriptwriting. Helmed by Peter Hanson, Tales From the Script cobbles together some of Hollywood's most successful writers — including the venerable William Goldman and dark hero Shane Black — to talk about what it means to be a writer in a business that views their work as, at best, a blueprint. There isn't much that a script wonk hasn't heard before ("Nobody knows anything," we get it!), but some choice anecdotes — like the writers of Bruce Almighty's hubris leading to their next "sale," which didn't, in fact, sell — make this documentary a worthwhile journey into the heart of blank-page darkness for any movie lover. — Justin Strout

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Crazy on the Outside (PG-13)

20th Century Fox Entertainment

Where's Tim Allen been lately? Living off those Jungle2Jungle royalties? I guess it's time for a comeback, and Crazy on the Outside is his acting return and his directorial debut. Considering the crap he's best known for (The Santa Clause 2 and 3, For Richer or Poorer), Crazy really ain't all that bad. Allen is a recently released convict trying to make it straight in the outside world, but his nutty sister, slutty ex-girlfriend and lovelorn parole officer are making it difficult for him. The main problem with Crazy is that it cops out way too early, ultimately delivering a "sweet" happy ending. You kinda get the impression they wanted to make a World's Greatest Dad-type dark comedy — at times it edges into that black territory — but they just didn't have the cojones to go all the way, lest they tarnish Allen's chances at an Old Dogs 2. — Louis Fowler

The Slammin' Salmon (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Maybe it's because I quit drugs and drink after graduating from high school, but I've never found comedy troupe Broken Lizard to be anything more than passably amusing. Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest ... they're the type of movies you rent and watch numbly, occasionally chuckling while continuously checking how much time is left on the DVD display. That said, The Slammin' Salmon is the troupe's most solid work yet and the only one to really consistently deliver any type of laughs. A group of ne'er-do-well waiters have one crazy night at the titular restaurant owned by ex-boxer Michael Clarke Duncan, who's offering $10,000 to the night's top-selling server. Dick jokes, bowel jokes and slapstick pratfalls run rampant, but if you're a fan of Broken Lizard, isn't that all you're looking for, anyway? — Louis Fowler


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