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‘Big Year’ a story of birds and men

Fri., Feb. 3, 2012

“The Big Year”: Set in the world of competitive birding, where the goal is to see as many species as possible in a 12-month period, this gently eccentric film from David Frankel is really a field guide to men. Starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. (1:40, PG for language and some sensuality) • • 1/2

“Drive”: Ryan Gosling stars as the nameless hero who daylights as a stuntman and moonlights as a getaway driver in this shamelessly entertaining genre movie from Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. This piece of Nordic noir plays like a stealth version of “Shane” as Gosling comes to the aid of a pretty mother (Carey Mulligan) and her son. (1:40, R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity) • • •

“In Time”: Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are lovers-on-the-run in this near-futuristic thriller about a society where everyone is genetically engineered to stop aging at 25 – and where time is literally money, the currency that keeps things working. High concepts, low-brow execution. It’s like Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads. (1:49, PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language) • •

Also released this week: “The Double,” “The Mill and the Cross,” “The Thing,” “Thunder Soul”


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