“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 01/04/13

When so many movies are released each week and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and spare us the cost of ridiculous concession stand prices. See what the 8-Ball says about this week’s releases…

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A DARK TRUTH

A former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a corporate whistle blower to expose her company’s cover-up of a massacre in a South American village. When he arrives, he is plunged into a violent and chaotic situation, with the military cracking down on a group of protesters led by a pair of activists.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Good”

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TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

In Newt, Texas, for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Good”

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56 UP

In 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted began his career as a researcher on an experimental series for Granada TV called “Seven UP,” which explored the Jesuit maxim, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.” The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds from all over England, to see if a class system was in place. By asking the children about their lives and their dreams, differences in attitudes and opportunity were observed. For almost almost 50 years, the filmmaker has interviewed the original group every seven years, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Signs Point to Win”

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Also hitting theaters this weekend is Promised Land. What will you be seeing? If you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.