THREE SWEET PICKS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.

By Leo Charney
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Cloverfield Trailer


Online: www.apple.com/ trailers

What: Preview of J.J. Abrams' disaster movie.

Why: Caught up with all your 2007 releases? Then head straight for
2008's first major movie: this all-hell-breaks-loose-in-New-York saga, produced by J.J.
Abrams (Lost, Alias), opening next week. Its two
trailers play like a 9/11 allegory, with fire on the horizon and destruction in the
streets, shot helter-skelter by a handheld camera. The post-Iraq aura of lawless chaos
fuses the hysteria of a '70s disaster film with violent attacks by an amorphous, unseen
enemy. "Whatever it is," says a faraway voice, "it's winning."

Be Kind Rewind Website


Online: bekindmovie.com

What: Previews, extras and interactive games.

Why: Imagine you erased all the tapes in your video store, so you
decide to reenact the movies, from Robocop to Driving Miss
Daisy
. That's the clever high concept behind the Feb. 22 comedy from master
fantasist Michel Gondry, creator of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind
and The Science of Sleep, starring manic Jack Black and
the laconic Mos Def. The ingenious website lets you extend the concept across the whole
Internet, including fake websites and customizable VHS covers. It's a natural outgrowth
of a YouTube world--why watch movies if you can just act them out yourself?

Smiley Face


DVD

What: Stoner comedy.

Why: Pot cupcakes, the Communist Manifesto, a ferris
wheel, a deluxe mattress--these are just some of the elements of Gregg Araki's
one-of-a-kind comedy, which plays like a zonked riff on After Hours. It
tries to mimic the goofy aimlessness of being stoned, following one very bad day in the
life of an aimless pothead who casually destroys everything around her. Raspy-voiced
Anna Faris gleefully embraces Jane's sunny cluelessness; The Office's
John Krasinski turns up as a love-struck nerd, and Araki runs far away from his usual
style of dour, dark drama.

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