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‘Sucker Punch’ not a hit

Fri., July 1, 2011

Emily Browning portrays Babydoll, left, and Carla Gugino portrays Madam Gorski in a scene from “Sucker Punch.”
Emily Browning portrays Babydoll, left, and Carla Gugino portrays Madam Gorski in a scene from “Sucker Punch.”

Available this week on DVD:

“Sucker Punch”: The latest barrage of green-screen effects and comic book portentousness from “300” and “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder is nightmarishly awful. Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung star as inmates in an insane asylum, diving into far-out, anime fantasy realms. It’s a field day for schoolgirl fetishists and fanboys with a penchant for steampunk – but with Snyder’s leaden dialogue, you’ve got to call it steamclunk. (2:00; PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language) • 1/2

“Beastly”: A thoroughly dopey re-read of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale, with Alex Pettyfer as the rich, handsome high schooler who gets a spell cast on him, along with a few lumpy prosthetics, fake tattoos and scars to make him slightly less male model-ish. Vanessa Hudgens is the beauty, Mary-Kate Olsen the goth girl who started the trouble. (1:35; PG-13 for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material) • • 1/2

“Season of the Witch”: Nicolas Cage is a knight of the Crusades, on the lam with fellow deserter Ron Perlman, when they’re recruited to escort a girl accused of witchcraft to her trial. Swordplay, sorcery and anachronistic dialogue ensue. (1:35; PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content) • 1/2

“Barney’s Version”: Candid confessional about the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) and his three wives. (2:12; R for language and some sexual content)

“The Warrior’s Way”: An Asian assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission. (1:40; R for strong bloody violence)


 

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