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Due Date, For Colored Girls, Megamind, Pi

DUE DATE

Old School

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The Hangover

director Todd Phillips helms this road comedy about an expectant father (Robert Downey Jr.) who has to hitch a ride with a Zach Galifinakis man-child (you know, one of those awkward grownups Galifinakis plays) in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.

Opens Nov. 5.

FOR COLORED GIRLS

Tyler Perry writes and directs this adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1977 play, a collection of 20 monologues, which features a ridiculously talented cast: Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray, Hill Harper, and Michael Ealy.

Opens Nov. 5.

MEGAMIND

Madagascar

director Tom McGrath creates this animated comedy about the titular villain (voiced by Will Ferrell) and his archenemy (voiced by Brad Pitt), with Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Justin Long rounding out this voice cast.

Opens Nov. 5.

PI

First-time director Darren Aronofsky’s shoestring-budget indie has all of the ingredients of hip cinematic art. It focuses on a quirky subject, it dismisses commercial appeal, it boasts a murky title, it was shot in black and white, and it is so overexposed it makes you squint.

Pi

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follows the life of a hermetic mathematician who obsesses about finding a meaningful pattern in the ratio of pi. Along the way, the life of Max Cohen (a skillful Sean Gullette) is invaded by brokers looking to profit from his theories, and by a Hasidic sect that believes his pursuit will reveal the name of God. In the end you’re uncertain whether the movie is about madness, science fiction, or religion. While Aronofsky shows promise in his debut, in the end

Pi

is little more than an elaborate student film. (Luisa F. Ribeiro)

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