Fast Food Nation

The Stars: Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ethan Hawke

The Skinny: Director Richard Linklater and writer Eric Schlosser fictionalize Schlosser's gripping look at the fast-food industry, which is the modern equivalent of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. The film version looks like it could be Traffic with Big Macs. Possible red flag: Wilmer Valderrama is conspicuously involved. Still …

The Verdict: Treat



Saw III

The Stars:
Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith

The Skinny: The Jigsaw Killer (Bell) continues on his mission to teach his victims the true value of life. So, basically, it's like It's a Wonderful Life. This is exactly what you need around Halloween. No, I'm not being sarcastic.

The Verdict: Treat



The Prestige

The Stars:
Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson

The Skinny: The powerhouse duo behind Batman Begins (Bale and director Christopher Nolan) reteam for this period yarn about rival magicians. The good news is these two illusionists aren't exactly Doug Henning and Lance Burton. I can't picture Henning driven mad in a desperate quest to learn the secrets behind Burton's tricks. The trailer I saw made me so fired up, I almost started clapping. Okay, I might have clapped once or twice. I do that sometimes.

The Verdict: Treat



Lucky You

The Stars:
Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall

The Skinny: Curtis Hanson directed L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, two of my favorites. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and 8 Mile were even good for what they were. I doubt this tale of a poker player trying to win a tournament while battling personal problems — more or less the same plot as Rounders, Stuey, California Split, two failed TV series (Lucky and Tilt), and most every other project involving poker — will be remembered alongside those films.

The Verdict: Trick