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Film Clips: Tonight's movie openings and more February 26 2010

What does an ex-British prime minister, a hip-hop dancer, psychotic killers and two cops have in common? This post.

OPENING FRIDAY

COP OUT (R ) Two lackluster NYPD cops -"White Lightning," aka Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis), and "Black Thunder," aka Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) - set out on a personal investigation to recover Monroe's stolen rare baseball card he planned to sell to pay for his daughter's wedding. — Edward Adams

THE CRAZIES (R ) Radha Mitchell and “Deadwood’s” Timothy Olyphant star in this remake of of one of George Romero’s first follow-ups to Night of the Living Dead, in which a mysterious phenomenon turns humble small-town inhabitants into psycho killers.

FISH TANK 4 stars (R ) In the second feature film from Andrea Arnold (whose live-action short “Wasp” won an Oscar), Katey Jarvis delivers an edgy, uncompromising performance as Mia, a 15 year-old wild child who seeks solace from her dismal working-class background in hip-hop dancing. Inglorious Basterds’ Michael Fessenden plays his mother’s latest boyfriend, who becomes both a positive grown-up role model and Mia’s object of desire. Compared to the kitchen-sink naturalism of such English filmmakers as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, Arnold has an almost supernatural ability to get inside the heads of her emotional, unreflective characters. — Curt Holman