“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 5/11/12

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…

Annd since everyone in the world is probably planning to see The Avengers, here are some alternatives if you didn’t pre-order your tickets and can’t get into Joss Whedon’s comic book blockbuster this weekend.

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DARK SHADOWS

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Burton and Depp at it again in another dark but delightful looking romp. Not sure how faithful it’ll be to the show but here’s hoping he’ll breathe more life in to this than his last few adaptations.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook good

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HICK

A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas. Chloe Moretz has taken nothing but adult roles and she’s quite a talented young actress. Nothing really screams “see this” and we could do without Blake Lively but this looks like a chance for Moretz to cut her last few teeth before she takes on the Carrie remake.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook not good

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GIRL IN PROGRESS

As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she’s reading for school. Just the thing for Mother’s Day weekend, a tale about a responsible child raising an irresponsible mother. Pass.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysResults uncertain. Go with your gut

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Also hitting theaters are Magnolia Pictures’ I Wish, the foreign shocker The Road and Bobcat Golthwait’s dark comedy God Bless America. What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.