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Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings and more July 23 2010

Angelina Jolie. Need we say more?

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  • Angelina Jolie is a badass in Salt


OPENING FRIDAY

AGORA (Not Rated) Most of the time with slave-master love stories, it's the master that pursues the slaves. The role is reversed in Roman-occupied Egypt where a slave embraces Christianity to battle his desire for freedom and his lust- I mean, love- for his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria (Rachel Weisz). Alejandro Amenabar, director of The Others and The Sea Inside, helms this old-school historical epic.


BEST WORST MOVIE 3 stars (Not rated) A documentary about the grassroots cult following for the astonishingly lousy horror-fantasy Troll 2, directed by one of the child actors who starred in it. Best Worst Movie amusingly tracks the mix of condescension and genuine affection fans bestow on bad movies, and builds narrative tension through two personalities: the small-town dentist who starred in the film and finds short-lived celebrity with Troll 2’s notoriety, and the Italian director convinced of his film’s (dubious) value and clearly loathes that people laugh at it. — Holman


RAMONA AND BEEZUS Best-selling children's author, Beverly Cleary's books come to the big screen with this family comedy. Think of the little twerps in Cheaper By the Dozen all packaged into one little girl and that's Ramona Quimby, played by newcomer Joey King. Also starring the still-seemingly-thirteen-year-old Selena Gomez as her older sister, Beezus.


SALT 3 stars Nothing warms you up like a good Cold War-inspired movie. CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) led a modest yet content life until a mysterious man, Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) informs the agency of a plot to assassinate the Russian President and accuses Salt of being a Russian sleeper agent who will execute the mission. Not sure where to turn, Salt goes on the lam in a frantic effort to save her husband and punish the group responsible for unraveling her picturesque life. Director Phillip Noyce’s return to the spy thriller genre is chock full of bold action but often predictable twists that envelope the cast of characters in this exciting chess game between superpowers. Jolie’s femme fatale's persona perfectly masks her intentions behind those infamous eyes and makes it difficult to gauge at times if she’s an agent, a double-agent or something else altogether. Ripe with gritty fights and chases, Salt is the perfect complement for movie night. — Ed Adams


TRASH HUMPERS (R ) Famously divisive art-house filmmaker Harmony Korine returns with another exercise in transgression, this time following a group of elderly, sociopathic vandals in Nashville.