“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 6/21/12

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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ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. Barring a decent cast, this still looks like a forgettably campy time that has SyFy written all over it.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook not good

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BRAVE

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor . Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources — including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers — to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Come on, it’s Pixar…like we aren’t already going to see everything they do…

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Signs point to WIN

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SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Set in a too-near future, a man searches for a meaningful connection as humanity’s last days are at hand. Can he find his greatest love at the worst possible time? As the respective journeys of Dodge and Penny converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten. Carell is great at playing the down-of-his-luck every man and you don’t get more down-on-your-luck than when the world’s about to end right? Sounds like a win to me!

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook good

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Also hitting theaters this weekend are a slew of indies including this trio of Grassroots, Kumare, and the new Woody Allen film To Rome With Love all playing in limited release. What will you be seeing? Or if you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.