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Not much at the movies to get excited about this Labor Day weekend.

Sadly, every member of my family went in for surgery this week, so The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure will have to go unreviewed.

A screener arrived of Takeshi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, but since the film was shot in 3D, I thought it wise to wait and see it on the screen. My review will run Saturday.

For those who didn't have the privilege of seeing the befuddled look on Lickona's face as he exited the screening of Lawless, here is his take.

Where is Joel Delaney when you need him? The Possession finds a dybbuk on the roof in this Jewish version of The Exorcist. Unless you're in it for unintentional laughs, everything that needed to be said on the subject is contained in the prologue to the Coen Bros. A Serious Man.

The Huffington Post calls Compliance one of the most disturbing movies ever made. For me, the most disquieting element in the film is director Craig Zobel's uninspired presentation. If you are a fan of movies that transform original ideas into filmed stage plays, this is your ticket to nirvana.

I have 2 words to say about 2 Days in New York, the new Julie Delpy romcom co-starring Chris Rock: Pootie Tang.

The only new film worth seeing this weekend is the raucous, yet very affectionate comedy, For a Good Time, Call... I know that I promised you an interview with the film's stars, Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller, and co-writer Katie Anne Naylor, but this thing is taking longer to transcribe than the Pentagon Papers. When you awaken tomorrow morning, it will be here to greet you. Scout's honor!

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monaghan Aug. 31, 2012 @ 9 p.m.

It's hard not to just love Scott Marks. When longtime Reader movie reviewer Duncan Shepherd used to skip current releases for weeks at a time, he never had the elan to claim that every one of his relatives had just gone under the surgeon's knife as his excuse. Hope everbody recovers, Scott!

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