Picks and Pans Review: Southland Tales

updated 11/26/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/2007 01:00AM

Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake | R |

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REVIEWED BY JASON LYNCH

DRAMA

What would Thanksgiving be without a big ol' turkey? They rarely come larger than this impenetrable disaster about several Los Angelenos—all of whom share the audience's look of befuddlement—stumbling around a Fourth of July weekend as the world crumbles around them. Writer-director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) pours on the visual effects but there's no disguising that the emperor has no clothes. Gobble, gobble.

Gifts from Your Kitchen!

THE FOOD NETWORK'S ROBIN MILLER SHARES SOME EASY-TO-MAKE RECIPES

Need a gift for a neighbor or your child's teacher? Instead of gift cards, Robin Miller, host of the Food Network's Quick Fix Meals, suggests homemade treats. "The recipient feels special when you give something that takes time and effort," she says. There are plenty of simple recipes that can be whipped up in a couple of hours, and an added bonus, says Miller: "You can do this with your kids, so they learn a thoughtful way to say thank you to the people who take care of them every day."

FOR RECIPES GO TO PEOPLE.COM/HOLIDAY

PECAN SQUARES
"These are like pecan pie in bite-size portions," says Miller. "People love them."

CHOCOLATE PRETZEL STICKS
Prepare a week in advance, freeze and then defrost the morning you give them out.

TOMATO PESTO PUFF PASTRY TWISTS
These savory treats "are a slam dunk every time," says Miller.

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