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Tense ‘Dragon Tattoo’ a gritty, faithful adaptation

Fri., March 23, 2012

Rooney Mara stars in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Rooney Mara stars in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”: David Fincher’s beautifully taut, terrifying adaptation of the Stieg Larsson megaseller is faithful to its source, and offers a star-making turn from Rooney Mara as the asocial, bisexual, genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Daniel Craig is Mikael Blomkvist, the bookish investigative journalist who partners with the pierced, punked-out heroine to dig into a decades-old murder case. (2:40, R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language) • • • 1/2

“Carnage”: Roman Polanksi’s deliciously nasty take on coupledom and class conflict, as a pair of New York elites (Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet) visit a Brooklyn husband and wife (John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster) to make peace after a bullying incident involving their respective sons. Peace does not ensue. Adapted from the stage play, “The God of Carnage.” (1:19, R for language) • • • 1/2

“The Muppets”: Jason Segel stars with Amy Adams and a little felt guy named Walter in this rollicking reboot of the late Jim Henson’s furball franchise. Goofy song-and-dance numbers, slapstick silliness, winking we-know-this-is-a-movie cut-up asides – and all of it with heart. And with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal, too. (1:38, PG for some mild rude humor) • • •

“The Sitter”: Jonah Hill stars as a layabout suburban nerd who reluctantly agrees to watch three obnoxious kids for the night – and ends up taking them on a wild ride into the big city, where mayhem, menace and a pileup of profanity ensues. “Adventures in Babysitting”-meets-“Pineapple Express.” (1:40, R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and some violence) • •

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”: Gary Oldman stars as mild-mannered MI6 mastermind George Smiley in this concise, precise and very, very gray adaptation of the John le Carre spy thriller. (2:07, R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language) • • •


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