“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 12/21/12

When so many movies are released each weekend 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 unnecessarily springing for $7 popcorn. See what the 8-Ball says about this week’s releases…

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THE GUILT TRIP (12-19-12)

Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce. After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at mom’s, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His mother’s advice might end up being exactly what he needs.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook Good”

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JACK REACHER

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

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

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THIS IS 40

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow brings audiences “This Is 40,” an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from “Knocked Up” as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.

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

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Also hitting theaters this weekend are Monsters Inc. 3D, Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D and Amour. What will you be seeing? If you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.