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Chronicle

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Chronicle has all the ingredients of a sci-fi quickie targeting teen audiences looking for a little weekend escapism: Three high-school pals stumble into cosmic telekinetic superpowers, which they document with a hand-held camera (just like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, plus dozens of other movies you didn't see). It's only a matter of time before the kids get some bad ideas to go with all that new power. But the movie turns out to be smarter, wilder, and way more innovative than any other recent movie using the same recipe. The extended director's cut, plus deleted scenes, makes it an even richer experience.

Albert Nobbs (Lionsgate)

Glenn Close dresses like a man and falls for the girl who played Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. They're both good in their roles, but the movie often feels like a flimsy profile of a torn and tormented woman.

Rampart (Millennium)

Woody Harrelson is on a roll lately, with Zombieland, The Hunger Games, and this sleeper, a crime story about a sociopathic cop who's caught on camera doing some bad shit. His downward spiral is well-deserved.

Walking Tall: The Trilogy Collectors Edition (Shout Factory)

All three Walking Tall movies from the '70s — about a real-life Tennessee sheriff who took care of business with a baseball bat — are collected on this box. Extras include a new documentary about the badass lawman.

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