“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 5/4/12

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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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith…that cast alone should warrant a watch.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook good

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LAST CALL AT THE OASIS

The  documentary on the world’s water crisis is a call to action which features the real life Erin Brockovich as one of the many activists advocating control of “our planet’s most valuable resource”.

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

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FIRST POSITION

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competition’s in the world. As a bit of a testimonial, this made some news at the Dallas International Film Festival. It’s esoteric but a very interesting and insightful doc.

The CineMagic 8-Ball saysOutlook good

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Also hitting theaters is this little movie you may have heard about called The Avengers, but you might also catch Brit Marling’s tense sci-fi drama Sound of My Voice on a few more screens than when it opened in limited release last weekend. (Check our glowing thoughts of The Avengers and Sound of My Voice on our review page).

What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.