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Lakeview Terrace

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$15

million

$15 million

1 week

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 110 minutes

What it's about: An interracial couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) move to an L.A. suburb and almost immediately suspect their neighbor, a veteran black cop (Samuel L. Jackson, above), of plotting to drive them out of the neighborhood.

Our take: It's one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.

Burn After Reading

** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)

$11

million

$36.1 million

2 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 96 minutes

What it's about: Espionage gets mixed up with a gym worker's desire to get a Hollywood body, a CIA wife's move to get a divorce, and a U.S. Treasury agent's propensity to get some thrills.

Our take: You can't fault the ensemble, which includes Brad Pitt (above), but the movie lacks internal combustion. It's more like a lava lamp than lava.

My Best Friend's Girl

No stars

$8.3

Million

$8.3 million

1 week

Rated: R

Running time: 101 minutes

What it's about: Dane Cook stars as a womanizer who specializes in repairing breakups. He takes women (including Kate Hudson, above) on nightmarish dates to show them just how good they had it with the guy who cheated on them or whatever.

Our take : It's hideously sexist, cliched, shamelessly derivative and laughably insincere. To top it all off, it's not even funny.

Igor

** ( 2 STARS)

$7.8

million

$7.8 million

1 week

Rated: PG

Running time: 87 minutes

What it's about: A lowly mad scientist's assistant (voiced by John Cusack) dreams of shattering the castle ceiling and inventing his own mad creature.

Our take: Clearly inspired by the dark-hearted stop-motion fables of Tim Burton, this is really one of those fever-pitched computer-generated whizbangs in which every character spits out lines like a overcaffeinated comic.

Righteous Kill

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$7.4

million

$28.5 million

2 weeks

Rated: R

Running time: 101 minutes

What it's about: When a vigilante starts killing bad guys, two pairs of detectives - Al Pacino and Robert De Niro (above), and John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg - begin to suspect a cop might be sending pimps and rapists to their deaths.

Our take: What we get is plain bad direction and writing - and, sadly, mediocre acting.

The Family That Preys

* ( 1 STAR)

$7.3

million

$28.1 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 111 minutes

What it's about: Alfre Woodard (above) and Kathy Bates star as Atlanta matriarchs and longtime friends who are caught up in the woes of their spoiled children.

Our take: This film, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness, is Tyler Perry's soapiest yet.

The Women

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$5.4

million

$19.3 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 114 minutes

What it's about: It's a bogus version of the 1936 Broadway play and 1939 hit movie. Meg Ryan stars as the virtuous housewife and Eva Mendes (above) as the vamp who steals her husband.

Our take: Writer-director Diane English wrongheadedly updates the film by replacing catty negative stereotypes with equally shallow and less-funny positive stereotypes.

Ghost Town

*** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS)

$5

million

$5 million

1 week

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 114 minutes

What it's about: Ghost Greg Kinnear enlists misanthropic dentist Ricky Gervais (above) to prevent the second marriage of his widow (Tea Leoni).

Our take: The fun starts with the title (this film's "ghost town" is New York) and doesn't end until the final line; it's a ticklish, unpredictable love story with an old-fashioned Technicolor glow.

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