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French farce remake weird, interesting

There’s a lot less bite in “Dinner for Schmucks” than there was in the classic French farce that was its inspiration. Whereas “The Dinner Game” (“Le Diner de Cons”) was …


‘Clash’ remake as cheesy as 1981 original

“Clash of the Titans”: A cheesy remake of the even cheesier 1981 ancient Greece adventure, about Perseus’ epic quest to end Hades’ reign of terror and broker a peace deal …


Story of ‘Ramona and Beezus’ is truly ‘terrifical’

If Ramona, the spirited third-grader at the center of “Ramona and Beezus,” gave a one-word review of the movie about her love/hate relationship with her big sister, Beatrice, she would …


Swinton in ‘Love’

Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love” is like a lavish Italian opera in which nobody sings, unashamedly melodramatic and gloriously over the top. There’s something about the film’s juicy, stirring close-ups …


Willis, Morgan buddy up for ‘Cop Out’

“Cop Out”: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and a host of supporting actors labor through this derivative buddy-cop comedy set in Brooklyn. Nonstop high jinks, not too many laughs. (1:50; R …


‘Salt’ may try to shake you, but it’s really just a sham

“Salt” is, quite literally, a shaggy dog story. Despite the cryptic ads that pose the question, “Who Is Salt?” and regardless of the various twists and turns designed to throw …


‘Despicable Me’ funny, sweet

“Despicable Me” is this year’s “Up,” a film that has far more heart than the advance promotions suggest. It never reaches the heart-tugging levels of “Up,” but its serious side …


‘Predators’ gets lost in chaos

They are dropped from the sky, with only a parachute to save them. They land in a lush green jungle whose topography seems to resemble no known place on Earth. …


Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

Oh, what simpler times they were when Disney was trotting out movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Those bright, colorful animations, arriving annually like clockwork, defined the …


Old murder case resurfaces

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”: A computer hacker aids a journalist in his investigation of a 40-year-old murder. With Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube. (2:32; R for disturbing …


‘Avatar’ returns with more footage

James Cameron is sending audiences on an extended tour of “Avatar” as his blockbuster returns to theaters next month with eight minutes of extra footage. Distributor 20th Century Fox announced …


Shyamalan targets new audience, redemption with ‘Airbender’

The ultimate auteur is going for the Happy Meal. M. Night Shyamalan, the director who became a prodigal Hollywood success with his haunting stories of the supernatural before stumbling badly …


‘Eclipse’ battles matters of love and war

The “Twilight” franchise is growing up. In the series’ third installment, “Eclipse,” a dark tone pervades and limbs fly from bodies in a climactic battle involving vampires and werewolves.


‘Mother and Child’ shows how we love and bond

Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child” considers what happens when those who don’t want babies get pregnant and those who do can’t. To the women in this poignant and exceptionally acted …


You’ll find Spokane, porn in ‘Finding Bliss’

When Julie Davis arrived in Los Angeles two decades ago with a pipe dream, she hoped she might end up directing a movie at a big Hollywood studio. She never …


Hunt for WMDs uncovers secret plot

“Green Zone”: A U.S. Army officer questions his country’s mission when his hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq reveals covert intelligence. With Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson, …


Cruise shines in ‘Knight’

“Knight and Day” introduces us to an exciting new talent: Tom Cruise. Sure, we know Cruise after his three decades in the business. We know way too much about him, …


‘Toy Story 3’ shines, if not as brightly

This is what happens when you’re good at your job: Everyone expects excellence from you, and anything even slightly short of that feels like a letdown. “Toy Story 3” is …


‘Jonah Hex’ is too short, just terrible

Critics always gripe that movies are too long and could stand some pruning. Then you get the occasional movie, like comic-book adaptation “Jonah Hex,” that’s too short – so short, …


More than a decade later, the toys are back in town

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — In a screening room on the Pixar Studios campus, Lee Unkrich — director of the new “Toy Story 3” — is flipping back and forth with the …


Fate of civilization at stake in ‘Book of Eli’

“The Book of Eli” • • • – In post-apocalyptic America, the fate of civilization depends on one man guarding a sacred book. With Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, …


‘8: The Mormon Proposition’

Gay marriage — and California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that stated only marriage between a man and a woman would be valid and recognized — are topics fraught …


Hill, Brand take the moral low ground in ‘Get Him to the Greek’

In “Get Him to the Greek,” Russell Brand plays the same British rock ’n’ roll prat – Aldous Snow – that he assayed so expertly in the 2008 rom-com, “Forgetting …


‘Splice’ explores tension between science, humanity

Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are two rebellious young biochemical engineers – and we know they’re rebellious because they wear T-shirts in place of lab coats, listen to …


‘Marmaduke’ would appeal only to little kids

Wouldn’t it be great if 7-year-olds could drive themselves to the movies? You could give them some money for Junior Mints or whatever, send them on their way and never …


Grownup ‘Alice’ must end Red Queen’s reign

“Alice in Wonderland”: Alice, now 19, slips into a rabbit hole that takes her to “Underland,” where she must terminate the Red Queen’s reign to save her childhood friends. With …


Father, son take ‘The Road’

“The Road”: Taut and haunting adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trudging across a postapocalyptic America, struggling …


‘Killers’ won’t be screened for reviews

You’ve probably seen the billboards, bus-stop ads and television spots for “Killers.” They’re everywhere, featuring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher juggling guns and bantering over super-secret identities. But critics won’t …


Critics pummeling ‘Sex and the City 2’

The reviews are still flooding in for “Sex and the City 2” and guess what? They’re as bad as ever. The film’s “fresh” (favorable) rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website …


‘Prince’ looks, feels like a slow video game

Watching “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” must be what it’s like to ride a camel across the desert: slow, plodding and predictable. It gets the job done but …