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Fired! (No rating)

Director: Chris Bradley and Kyle LaBrache. With Annabelle Gurwitch. (71 min.)

Actress-comic Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen and has been making something of a cottage industry out of the experience ever since. Having written a book about being fired, she has now made a documentary as well, and it's something of a mess. Gurwitch interviews lots of funny show biz people, including Fred Willard, Judy Gold, and Anne Meara, but she often cuts away from them just as things start to get interesting. She provides reenactments of her Woody Allen debacle, stages a firing scene using puppets, and talks to former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who tries to get Gurwitch to help his stand-up comic son. He might have been better off talking to Woody Allen. Grade: C
Peter Rainer

Still in Release
Babel (R)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett. (142 min.)

"Babel" has four separate narratives that are supposed to interlock, but never really do. The odyssey begins when a Moroccan goat herder buys a hunting rifle and leaves it with his two sons. One of the boys unthinkingly fires on a tour bus and hits a tourist (Blanchett), vacationing with her husband (Pitt). Meanwhile, the couple's children in Los Angeles are being cared for by their Mexican nanny, who transports them across the border to attend her son's wedding. The conclusion doesn't justify all the heavy lifting it takes to get there. Grade: B
– P.R.

The Departed (R)

Director: Martin Scorsese.With Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio. (152 min.)


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