Recession have you down -- and not spending so much? There's always living vicariously through Isla Fisher in 'Confessions of a Shopaholic,' a "heartfelt tribute to consumerism and materialism." Also new: the latest Brendan Fraser family adventure, 'Inkheart,' and the acclaimed animated doc 'Waltz With Bashir.' 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'
What It's About: An unemployed, uneconomical, chain-shopping party girl (Isla Fisher) somehow gets hired as a columnist for a financial magazine, becomes their superstar writer in no time, and, of course, falls in love in the process.
What We Say: With a plot as believable as 'Lord of the Rings,' this heartfelt tribute to consumerism and materialism is the kind of chick flick that will only appeal to audiences that really love chick flicks (and, well, shopping). For the rest of us, it'd be borderline unwatchable if not for the bubbly magnetism of Fisher.
Special Features? The bloopers, deleted scenes and Akon video are nice and all, but wouldn't the most fitting bonus feature be a shopping gift card? Yep, they thought of that. The disc comes with a $10 "fashion cash" card. New socks on 'Shopaholic'!
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What It's About: Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart (Brendan Fraser) not only has a genuinely awesome name, he's also got the ability bring books to life, taking his kids along for a romp through a fantasyland of unicorns, flying monkeys and a villain named Capricorn.
It's Kind of Like: 'Bedtime Stories' meets 'The Neverending Story'
Critical Consensus: The latest from Fraser, Hollywood's go-to family adventurer, scored mostly lukewarm reviews, registering a 39 percent approval rating from RottenTomatoes. But that's still 25 percent higher than 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.'
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'Waltz With Bashir'
What It's About: Having strange memory blockage surrounding his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War, an Israeli Army vet-turned-documentarian (Ari Folman) tracks down several men he served with to fill in the pieces, and then animates the results.
It's Kind of Like: 'Persepolis' meets 'Jacob's Ladder' minus the humor and horned creatures
What We Say: Somber and admittedly slow-paced, the film -- an Oscar favorite that lost Best Foreign Film to 'Departures' in one of the 2009 ceremony's only upsets -- is a thought-provoking examination of war and the human psyche's response to it.
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Other New Releases:
'The Pink Panther 2'
'Phoebe in Wonderland'
'Mr. Troop Mom'
'My Dinner With Andre'
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