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Limitless (NR)

20th Century Fox

Although his acting range isn't exactly limitless, Hangover star Bradley Cooper finds a meaty above-the-title role in this glorified B-movie thriller. He plays struggling writer Eddie Morra, a shambling mess who reaches rock bottom when his girlfriend (Abbie Cornish, wasted) walks out on him and his publishers threaten to reclaim his advance. A seemingly chance encounter with a drug-dealer friend leads Eddie to a giant stash of NZT, a futuristic designer drug that organizes his brain to a superhuman degree. Suddenly, he can learn languages, write bestsellers and master the stock market at will, but a limited supply, extreme time-lapse side effects, and a bloodthirsty Russian mobster have him racing against the clock. Limitless sets up a great what-if premise, but the visual and dramatic ambitions of director Neil Burger (The Illusionist) clearly go beyond his own filmmaking limits. — Daniel Barnes

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Take Me Home Tonight (R)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Hey guys! Remember that time in the '80s when there was that one party and all the dudes wore parachute pants and did cocaine and all the greatest music hits of the era were played at one time? No? Then you need to watch Take Me Home Tonight immediately. Now, speaking as someone who has seen way too many of these movies since the real '80s, my main thought when watching this was, "Why make another one?" Topher Grace — who's basically playing his That 70's Show character only in the, you know, '80s — is an aimless 20-something who goes to that one wild party to meet that one special high school crush on that one night that will change his life. Grace should have outgrown these roles by now, Anna Faris is wasted in a thankless sister role, and Dan Fogler is incredibly detestable as the fat best friend. No surprise that this had sat on the studio shelf since 2007. — Louis Fowler

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Exorcismus (NR)

MPI Home Video

Why are emo-teens always so sad? What do they really have to be sad about? The Spanish horror flick (starring all English folk, go figure) Exorcismus claims that they're actually possessed by demons. And I, for one, completely agree with that deduction. Home-schooled brat Emma starts cutting herself, going into rages, and experimenting with her sexuality. After she starts suffering seizures, wherein her eyes jut back into her head and she screeches in a demonic cackle, her atheistic parents call in the family priest and discover that she is one of the Devil's chosen ones. Only an exorcism can save her. Of course, Satan has other plans that totally rip the family apart. Literally. Exorcismus does a good job at playing with the horror conventions we're used to with movies like this, and should be a decent Friday night shocker, even if it's a bit silly at times. — Louis Fowler

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