By Gus Bode

‘The Departed’ Rated R

Martin Scorsese’s fans once again clamor for him to get the Oscar he so richly deserves. Here’s hoping this movie can deliver the goods. Loosely based on the 2002 Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs,” the film concerns several Boston police officers. One is an undercover cop looking to infiltrate a mob syndicate; Another is an informer for the syndicate looking to reach a powerful position within the department. Soon both the police and the mobsters realize there are traitors among them, and the two men must figure out the identity of the other in order to save themselves. The cast includes Leonardo Dicaprio in his third Scorsese movie in four years, along with Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Matt Damon.

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ Rated R


This movie serves as a prequel to the 2003 remake of “TCM,” giving us the back story behind the family whose son grows up to be Leatherface. It’s 1969 (four years before the events of the first film) and three Texas friends head out for a last fling before two of them are sent off to Vietnam. Predictably, they end up crashing their car and have to seek help from Sheriff Hoyt, who is a friend of Leatherface’s family. He takes them to the house where Leatherface lives and chaos ensues. One by one the teens are slain until only the girl is left, and she must fight to survive and escape the house before the family kills her. If you don’t like your horror movies gritty and filled with severed limbs and graphic violence, stay away.

‘Employee of the Month’ Rated PG-13

Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson try their hands at acting again with this cutesy romantic comedy. Dane plays a slacker who works at a Sam’s Club-type store, where another salesmen consistently beats him for the coveted Employee of the Month award. Jessica plays a sexy new cashier that apparently has a thing for Employee of the Month winners. The slacker and the hard worker compete with each other to win the award and win the girl’s affections. The trailers showcase slapstick and one-liners, along with another goofy supporting performance by Andy Dick and another dumb blonde performance by Jessica Simpson. It also stars the guy who played Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite.