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Two decades after a Ping-Pong prodigy loses everything at the Olympic Games, he's making a living showing off his paddle work at chintzy Vegas matinee shows -- until an FBI agent says he's needed for a "top-secret mission." So Randy (Dan Fogler) goes off with Agent Rodriguez (George Lopez) to train with Master Wong (James Hong) and his beautiful niece (Maggie Q), before finally facing the menacing Mr. Feng (Christopher Walken). The Ping-Pong action and comedy are nonstop, and Fogler holds the film together with his bulbous body and rubber face. A stupid, very funny film. (ES) Rated PG-13





DEATH SENTENCE


Kevin Bacon is angry. Not only is he angry, but James Wan (director of Saw) has given him an arsenal of guns to help him make his point. After thugs murder his son, then get let off the hook by a screwed-up justice system, stand-up citizen Nick Hume (Bacon) is hungry for a little vigilante justice with a side order of a shaved head. (KM) Rated R





HALLOWEEN


Why remake a classic? Because Rob Zombie is willing to direct it, that's why. Even though he made his early reputation with a band (White Zombie), his forays into film have already earned him serious respect from horror fans. House of 1000 Corpses was a fun, formulaic slasher film, but the sequel, The Devil's Rejects, showed that Zombie could work with characters and cinematic style. John Carpenter, the creator of the legendary original Halloween, wrote the remake's screenplay and hand-picked Zombie, so things are OK in the credibility department. (MD). Rated R





ONCE


A sweet little story about a Dublin singer/songwriter and the piano-playing Czech girl he falls in love with. They both work odd jobs during the day so they can make a demo tape at night -- at last, here's a musical with songs (a dozen of 'em) naturally integrated into the action. Once has been lauded up and down cinema land by a lot of really serious critical types. (LB) Rated R





WAR


Jason Statham, the current go-to Brit for action flicks, and Jet-Li, the perennial go-to Chinese dude for such things. They made an action flick together. There's really nothing more to say. (LB) Rated R

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