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Extract : *** ( 3 STARS)

Movies disappear quickly if they don't score at the box office the first day, so lovers of American comedy should dash out this weekend to erase the disappointing opening weekend of "Extract," the highly enjoyable new workplace comedy by Mike Judge ("Office Space"). No recent film has a saner view of the tensions among workers and management. Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck are both hilarious as, respectively, the righteous owner of a flavor-extract company and the bartender buddy who has bad ideas about how to improve his friend's marital life.

Opening next Friday

Adoration : (Sony Pictures Classics) A student imagines a class news assignment is based on his life as the unborn child of a woman whose terrorist boyfriend plants a bomb in her airline luggage. With Devon Bostick and Scott Speedman.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs : (Columbia Pictures/Sony Animation) Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. With the voices of Anna Faris and Neil Patrick Harris.

Jennifer's Body : (20th Century Fox) A small-town high school hottie possessed by a hungry demon starts offing her male classmates. With Megan Fox and Adam Brody. Written by Diablo Cody.

Love Happens : (Universal Pictures) A lovelorn woman falls for a self-help guru who needs a little help himself. With Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.

The Informant : (Warner Bros.) In this dark comedy based on a true story, Matt Damon stars as a whistle-blower at Archer Daniels Midland whose ever-changing account of facts jeopardizes his heroic aspirations with the FBI. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Release dates are subject to change.

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