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'Straw Dogs'

Opening: September 16th

Director Rod Lurie has him some brass balls, remaking Sam Peckinpah's polarizing Straw Dogs. Critics are still obsessively chewing on Bloody Sam's 1971 take on violence and what defines rape. They'll chew again – in a different but equally provocative way – as a wussy L.A. screenwriter (James Marsden) relocates with his TV actress wife (Kate Bosworth) to her home in the South and encounters the stud (Alexander Skarsgård) she once loved. Lurie's incendiary film means to shake you – and it sure as hell does.

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