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Ty's picks for Friday March 30

Posted by Ty Burr  March 30, 2007 09:18 AM

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As far as box office goes, it'll probably be a toss-up between the Will Ferrell/Jon Heder ice-skating comedy "Blades of Glory" or the Disney CGI romp "Meet the Robinsons." I'm guessing "Robinsons" and I'll be curious to see how much of that business goes to the 3D print. If it's a big enough number, you can bet there'll be Hollywood suits spending Monday trying to figure out how to jam out "Spiderman 3" in 3D within a month's time.

Both films are perfectly okay; both films are product. If you seek deeper meaning, o ye cineastes, ye need search elsewhere. Like the Jim Henson Muppet Festival at the Brattle. (Come on. "The Muppet Movie." You know your inner Fozzie needs feeding.)

Seriously, though, Turkish films at the MFA. This year's fest -- further details here -- looks like a solid one, with Sunday being the big day: "Destiny" director Zeki Demirkubuz will be present to accept an award at the afternoon screening, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Climates," which has been getting raves on the festival scene, will play that night.

The Harvard Film Archive continues its retrospective of the films of Quebecois directors Michel Brault and Claude Jutra. On Monday Mike White (the writer/star of "Chuck and Buck" and other discomfitingly funny things) shows up with his directorial debut, "Year of the Dog," which gives the eternal Molly Shannon a rare dramatic role.

"The Prisoner, or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" is one of the better Iraq docs, because it focuses on one story and tells it straightforwardly. "The Lookout" is a solid little crime drama, but, really, wait for the DVD. "Live Free or Die" is a shaggy-dog caper comedy for those who haven't yet resolved their conflicted feelings about New Hampshire (the blogger hesitantly raises his hand). And if "The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down" is half as entertaining as Wesley's review, it's pretty darn good. Too bad it's only playing at the Fresh Pond.

Or you could just go see "300" again and have your skull sucked dry. I swear I feel my IQ dropping when I even walk by a theater playing it.

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