“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 8/3/12

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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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS

During his summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club — which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook good

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TOTAL RECALL

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

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

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360

A film about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century. Starting in Vienna and weaving stories set in Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single narrative. A businessman faced with temptation to be unfaithful to his wife sets into motion a series of events which ripple around the globe with dramatic consequences, set against the backdrop of international banking crisis, the domino-effect of the Arab Spring, the threat of global flu pandemics and Euro-Zone instability.

The CineMagic 8-Ball says: “Outlook good

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Also hitting theaters this weekend are  The Babymakers, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Craigslist Joe. What will you be seeing? If you’ve seen any of these already, please let us know what you thought below.