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Why wait to review the movies when we can grade the teasers?

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Why wait to review the movies when we can grade the teasers?

The Departed
You know you’re in Scorsese-circa-GoodFellas territory when you hear ”Gimme Shelter” as Jack Nicholson strolls by. And so it’s all cops and criminals and shoot-outs as both Leo DiCaprio and Matt Damon wonder if they’re in too deep. Sweet. B+

British comedy is the comedy of embarrassment — has been for decades. And so ”Kazakh newsman” Borat — Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in a crazy mustache — finds new ways to make us feel uncomfortable. If the trailer’s this funny…egads. A-

Catch a Fire
Derek Luke stars in this based-on-fact story of the making of a South African revolutionary. The heady spot bravely asks the question: When you are fighting for what you know to be right but authority has labeled wrong, are you a hero or a terrorist? A

Man of the Year
The most egregious thing here is not that the film is about a political funnyman à la Jon Stewart who runs for president, or that Robin Williams is in full-on annoying-shtick mode. No, it’s that the trailer gives away that he wins. Idiots. C-