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Editor’s note: Lay The Favorite hits limited release this Friday, though it doesn’t seem like a solid bet for your movie-going dollar. Find out why with the following Sundance review, originally published on January 23, 2012. There’s one thing that becomes quite clear, quite quickly as Stephen Frears‘s Lay The Favorite begins: not everyone should do voiceover work. Rebecca Hall (who stars as Beth Raymer) sadly falls squarely into that category and her baby voice stays with her throughout the entire film, grating on already-frayed nerves. Lay The Favorite tells Beth’s baby-voiced story as she tries to figure out her purpose in life at a job that will be stimulating and make her good money (don’t we all, Beth). The best place to pursue such a dream? Las Vegas, of course! Beth packs up her life (and dog Otis) and heads west with stars in her eyes. Ready and willing to do anything, Beth quickly makes friends with Holly (Laura Prepon) who turns her on to a job with Dink Heimowtiz (Bruce Willis) who runs a legal (at least in Vegas) gambling company (Dink Inc., of course) that bets on anything and everything, but mainly sporting events. Dink’s world is filled with exactly the type of excitement and stimulation Beth was hoping for and despite her baby talk, daddy issues (no matter what she says) and constant hair chewing, Dink takes a shine to her and agrees to bring her on.

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Any film that gives Rebecca Hall a shot at a starring role seems like it would have to be a good idea, but unfortunately Lay the Favorite didn’t get very good reviews coming out of its debut at Sundance, and our own Allison Loring bemoaned that the film “never seems to quite know what it wants to be.” Still, Lay the Favorite is set to roll out in limited releases all across the world over the next few months, and a trailer has just been released to give us all a taste of what it has to offer, so we might as well give its sales pitch a gander. Director Stephen Frears’s (High Fidelity) latest tells the tale of a chipper ex-stripper (Hall) who falls into a promising new career working for a career gambler (Bruce Willis), but runs into complications when she buts heads with her new boss’ jealous wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Oh, and also there seems to be something about a budding romance with Joshua Jackson, who is playing a bearded nice guy.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the nightly movie news column that other movie news websites read for tomorrow’s news… Editor’s Note: The original header image from this edition of News After Dark was not for public viewing, as we found out later. We were asked to take it down by Warner Bros. And since we’d rather show you really cool stuff, here’s a Bane art piece by alicexz. We begin this evening with what appears to be a very unhappy Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. It’s another promo image to follow last week’s release of Catwoman’s ass-tacular costume. My guess is that Warner Bros. has simply given up on the marketing of this one, as they seem to be just letting raw materials out. Then again, if you had to follow-up with the incredible marketing campaign behind The Dark Knight, you’d probably throw in the towel, too. Luck for them, everyone is already going to see TDKR. Just because.

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UFOMovie

I don’t wanna wait! For Joshua Jackson to be cast in a science fiction film that sounds a lot like Men in Black and is based off a British television show from the 70s. Luckily, I don’t have to.

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If you’re the writing team of Fringe, how do you follow up that amazing season finale? Come on in, I’ll tell you how…

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After a series of mysterious bank robberies, a suspect is found embedded into a wall, causing Walter to realize that they have not only found a way to literally walk through walls, but are looking for something he’s made in the past.

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Fringe: The Cure

This week on Fringe: A mysterious disease that scientists have been injecting into kidnap victims unravels Agent Dunham’s life yet again.

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Fringe: Power Hungry

In the opening moments of “Power Hungry,” we happen upon one “Joseph Meegar,” a man with electro-magnetic powers that manifest themselves at the wrong time.

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Fringe: The Arrival

This week on Fringe, we are introduced to a character called “The Observer,” a hairless man who has been present at the scene of many Pattern-related events.

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Fringe: The Ghost Network

In this week’s episode, we are introduced to the psychic hotline Walter refers to as “The Ghost Network.”

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Fringe: Same Old Story

This week on fringe: Modern day Jack-the-Rippers and latter day Super-Soldier experiments.

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The Coroner

The Coroner snaps a picture of “Shutter” and decides to expose the whole roll to noon day sun.

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Control Freaks: TV Reviews with Attitude

Science fiction craziness and ominous intrigue abound in J. J. Abrams’ latest series about FBI Agents who investigate paranormal activities.

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Can you believe it? Another Asian-style horror flick. And while this one isn’t from Japan (it’s from Thailand, originally), it does take place in Japan. So pull up a bottle of sake and toast another Asian-horror remake about haunted cameras and ghosts in pictures… oh, and the awesomely hot Rachael Taylor.

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Shutter

If you’re a fan of Americanized Asian horror films, you will find more of the same with Shutter.

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Would you like to see a free, advanced screening of Fox’s new thriller Shutter? Of course you would…

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Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor get a little freaked out when ghosts show up in their pictures. Bunch of lightweights…

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Shutter is a remake of an Asian horror film, complete with scary Asian chicks in dimly lit rooms. It’s rated PG-13. It stars Pacey Witter.

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