June 5, 2009 in Features

Films

 

Reviews with star ratings are written by critics for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Opening today:

The Brothers Bloom

Con artists (Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo) pick a quirky heiress (Rachel Weisz) for their last hustle. Running time: 1:49 Rating: PG-13 (language, sensuality, violence) River Park Square: 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05.

The Hangover

After a wild stag party, three groomsmen must find their missing pal before his wedding. Running time: 1:39 Rating: R (nudity, language, sexual content, drug material) Hayden: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:40. NorthTown Mall: noon, 12:30, 2:30, 3, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 10, 10:30. River Park Square: 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30, 2, 4:30, 5, 6:50, 7:30, 9:25, 9:55. Riverstone: 1:20, 1:50, 4:35, 5, 7:25, 7:50, 10:05, 10:35. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Village Centre: 10:15 a.m., 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:40.

Land of the Lost

A time-space vortex sucks a scientific has-been (Will Ferrell) and his companions into an alternate dimension. Running time: 1:42 Rating: PG-13 (drug reference, crude and sexual content, language) Hayden: 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35. NorthTown Mall: 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 2:15, 2:45, 4:45, 5:15, 7:15, 7:45, 9:45, 10:15. River Park Square: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15, 1:45, 3:50, 4:20, 6:30, 7, 9:10, 10:15. Riverstone: 1:30, 2:10, 4:20, 4:45, 7:05, 7:35, 9:45, 10:15. Spokane Valley Mall: noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Village Centre: 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:30, 2:10, 4, 4:40, 6:30, 7:10, 9, 9:35.

My Life in Ruins

A travel guide (Nia Vardalos) sees her native Greece in a new light while leading a tourist group. Running time: 1:36 Rating: PG-13 (sexual content) River Park Square: 10:55 a.m., 1:20, 3:55, 6:35, 9:20.

Continuing:

Angels & Demons

••1/2 Ron Howard’s trimmer follow-up to his bulky “The Da Vinci Code” is a ticking-bomb thriller tightly wrapped in a papal plot and cinched in the ribbons of religion and science. With Tom Hanks as the symbologist teamed with a fetching physicist (Ayelet Zurer) to save the Vatican. Running time: 2:18 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images, violence) NorthTown Mall: 12:20, 3:40, 6:50, 9:55. River Park Square: 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:50, 3:45, 4:50, 6:45, 8:30, 9:50. Riverstone: 2:15, 6:40, 9:55. Village Centre: 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15.

Dance Flick

••1/2 The Wayans siblings pass the whoopee cushion to their spawn in this spoof of teen musicals that might be called “Step Up to Get Served at the Save the Last Dance High School Musical Roll Bounce.” Running time: 1:23 Rating: PG-13 (crude and sexual content, language) NorthTown Mall: 12:45. Village Centre: 11:40 a.m., 1:50.

Drag Me to Hell

••• Sam Raimi returns to the low-budget gore and gleefully twisted comedy of his “Evil Dead” days, with Alison Lohman starring as a loan officer who gets a curse put on her by an old hag late who’s late with her house payments. Finally, a horror movie about the mortgage crisis! Running time: 1:39 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images, language, horror violence, terror) NorthTown Mall: 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 7:55, 10:20. River Park Square: 10:40 a.m., 12:55, 3:15, 6:15, 8:50. Riverstone: 1:40, 4:40, 7:45, 10:20. Village Centre: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45.

Fast & Furious

••1/2 Vin Diesel returns for the fourth installment of the street racing franchise, which also brings back the rest of the original cast: Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez. Vroom, vroom. Running time: 1:47 Rating: PG-13 (drug references, violence, language, sexual content) Garland: 9:20.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

••1/2 A “Christmas Carol” update with Matthew McConaughey as a heartbreaker who behaves badly because he’s protecting a fragile heart and Jennifer Garner as the one gal who’s onto him. An average rom-com, a better-than-average McConaughey movie. Running time: 1:40 Rating: PG-13 (drug reference, sexual content, language) River Park Square: 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 3:35, 6:35, 9:05. Riverstone: 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:25.

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk

A raft ride down the Colorado puts a spotlight on water conservation. Running time: 40

Rating: Not rated IMAX (Riverfront Park): 11:15 a.m.

Monsters vs. Aliens

••• This goofy computer-animated romp is an amicable amalgam of the vintage sci-fi schlock “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” With the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen and Kiefer Sutherland. Running time: 1:34 Rating: PG (language, crude humor) Garland: 7:15.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

•• Ben Stiller returns in this kneejerk sequel to the surprise 2006 family-friendly smash, a super-sized rehash transplanted from New York’s Museum of Natural History to the sprawling Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. with lots of running around and CG effects. Amy Adams, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson are among the gang of museum figures come-to-life. Running time: 1:45 Rating: PG (language) Hayden: 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:15, 9:25. IMAX (Riverfront Park): 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15. NorthTown Mall: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. River Park Square: 11:10 a.m., 1:15, 2, 3:50, 4:45, 6:25, 7:35, 9:05, 10:05. Riverstone: 2:05, 5:05, 7:55, 10:30. Village Centre: 10:15 a.m., noon, 12:30, 2:15, 2:45, 4:30, 5, 6:50, 7:20, 9:10, 9:35.

Race to Witch Mountain

•• Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) stars in this cartoonish remake of the 1975 Disney film “Escape to Witch Mountain.” He’s a Vegas cabbie roped into helping two very human-looking teen aliens. Leave your brain at the concession stand. Running time: 1:39 Rating: PG (dangerous and frightening situations, violence) Garland: 5:05.

Star Trek

•••1/2 J.J. Abrams’ enjoyable reboot of the sci-fi saga takes a refreshing chug from the fountain of youth, imagining what happened when Kirk met Spock. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy. Running time: 2:06 Rating: PG-13 (sexual content, violence) Hayden: 12:05, 2:45, 6:35, 9:30. NorthTown Mall: 11:35 a.m., 3:50, 6:45, 9:40. River Park Square: 10:35 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:25, 2:10, 4:25, 5:15, 7:20, 8:05, 10:10. Riverstone: 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10. Village Centre: 11 a.m., 1:40, 3:50, 4:20, 6:30, 7, 9:10, 9:40.

Terminator Salvation

••1/2 Man and machine can’t seem to get along in this sci-fi shoot-em-up, the fourth installment in the “Terminator” series. The year is 2018 and the mood is post-apocalyptic, with Christian Bale as John Connor, the resistance fighter leading the battle against the evil Skynet and its relentless robot army. There are a few moments of self-referential humor, but generally the tone is solemn, severe, sermonistic. Running time: 1:56 Rating: PG-13 (violence, language) Hayden: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55. NorthTown Mall: 11:55 a.m., 4:15, 7:10, 10:25. River Park Square: 10:50 a.m., 12:45, 1:25, 3:40, 4:10, 6:50, 7:30, 9:35, 10:10. Riverstone: 1:05, 4, 7:15, 10:25. Village Centre: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45.

Up

•••• Buoyant Pixar film about a childless grouch (voice of Ed Asner) and a fatherless boy (Jordan Nagai) who float off to the wilds of Venezuela in a house lashed to helium-filled balloons. It darts unpredictably between comedy and adventure, defying gravity and age alike. Running time: 1:29 Rating: PG (peril) Hayden: 12:40, 2:55, 5, 7:10, 9:15. NorthTown Mall: 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. River Park Square: 10:35 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:10, 1:30, 2:15, 3:45, 4:15, 5, 6:20, 7:10, 7:45, 9, 9:40, 10:15. Riverstone: 1:15, 1:55, 4:10, 4:50, 7, 7:40, 9:30, 10:10. Village Centre: 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 1:45, 3:30, 4, 5:55, 6:15, 8:15, 8:40.

Up in Disney Digital 3D: NorthTown Mall: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Riverstone: 1:35, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50. Village Centre: 10 a.m., noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:15.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

•• Hugh Jackman revisits his X-Men role to show how Wolverine came into being in this meaningless mishmash of combat sequences, passable visual effects, Marvel Comics back-story and goofy Liev Schreiber-as-a-villain thespianizing. Running time: 1:48 Rating: PG-13 (language, sexual content) NorthTown Mall: 4, 6:35, 9:35. River Park Square: 11:20 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:25, 10. Riverstone: 1:10, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35. Village Centre: 11:30 a.m., 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:20.

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