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Winslet’s face carries ‘Revolutionary Road’

“Revolutionary Road” Sam Mendes’ dirgelike adaptation of the 1961 novel by Richard Yates exerts an undeniable pull as its beautiful, doomed protagonists navigate the ennui of adult life in 1950s …


A pretty good ‘Hangover’

If there is any justice in the universe, “The Hangover” will make Zach Galifianakis a household name. As the odd man out in a quartet of bachelor partiers, Galifianakis’ bearded …


‘Brothers Bloom’ a rewarding con

“The Brothers Bloom” is a dark “big con” comedy in “The Grifters” tradition. It’s writer-director Rian Johnson’s homage to the great con-man dramedies of playwright-turned- filmmaker David Mamet, movies like …


Web site offers movie pee times

If you’re heading to a movie theater this weekend – perhaps to see that new Disney-Pixar film – there’s a Web site that could help you know when to get …


At a glance: ‘Land of the Lost’

A time-space vortex sucks a scientific has-been (Will Ferrell) and his companions into an alternate dimension. Running time/rating: 1:33; PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language including a drug reference


Tired characters, gags hurt ‘Life in Ruins’

The adorable Nia Vardalos makes an obvious choice for “My Life in Ruins,” a movie she hopes will recapture a bit of her “Big Fat Greek Wedding” mojo from 2002. …


At a glance: ‘Brothers Bloom’

Crack con men (Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody) take on one final job involving a beautiful, eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz). Running time/rating: 1:53; PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong …


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


At a glance: ‘The Hangover’

After a wild stag party, three groomsmen must find their missing pal before his wedding. Running time/rating: 1:40; R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, some drug material


‘Up’ & away

If Pixar films don’t look or feel like the animation of any other studio, it may be because the employees are encouraged to take risks. “We expect to fail at …


‘New In Town’ suffers from same old story

‘New In Town’ There’s nothing novel about this overly familiar farce, a creaky romantic-comedy-fish-out-of-water tale about a tightly wound corporate executive (Renee Zellweger) who finds herself temporarily reassigned from sunny …


You won’t regret being dragged along

The name alone, “Drag Me to Hell,” tells you exactly what this is: an unabashed celebration of B-movie schlockery. But the dichotomies director Sam Raimi presents within that familiar genre …


Soto on target in ‘Sugar’

“Sugar” is a baseball movie in the way that “Macbeth” is a play about kilts. The subject of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s lovely character study is Miguel “Sugar” Santos …


Exceptional characters truly a thing of ‘Beauty’

Fans of the poet Robert Graves will recognize the title of Jan Hrebejk’s “Beauty in Trouble,” which was inspired by Graves’ verse of the same name (“Beauty in trouble flees …


Films

Capsule reviews with star ratings are written by reviewers for The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Tom Cruise’s hero sees the light in ‘Valkyrie’

‘Valkyrie’ Expectations for Tom Cruise’s history-based thriller about Claus von Stauffenberg’s 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler were low. And against all expectations he has fashioned a successful if not …


Review: ‘Salvation’ packs action, little else

The machines are winning. That’s how I felt after “Terminator Salvation,” the fourth installment in a franchise that used to make us care about the characters but has now – …


Review: ‘12’ absorbing but runs too long

A dozen Russians gather in a high school gym to consider the fate of a young Chechen man accused of murdering his Russian stepfather. They don’t know each other’s names, …


Amy Adams taking flight

Southern belle. Fairy-tale princess. Nun. Pioneer aviatrix. Is there any role Amy Adams can’t play? Maybe. It’s hard imagining her as a victim in the next “Friday 13th” sequel, or …


Summer action films spring into view

What a who’s who list Hollywood has lined up for its summer action spectacles: Wolverine. Transformers. Harry Potter. James Kirk. G.I. Joe. Terminator. If there’s one word to sum up …


‘Wolverine’ falls short of great

Director Gavin Hood did the best he could to bring the fourth movie in the comic book-inspired “X-Men” film series to the big screen. The final result is good, not …


Remake of Korean horror flick predictable, entertaining

‘The Uninvited’: This remake of the Korean “A Tale of Two Sisters” begins with teenage Anna (Emily Browning) in a mental institution. She can’t get over dreams of the fire …


‘Ghosts of Girlfriends’ offers McConaughey in usual role

You will be shocked – shocked! – to learn that in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” Matthew McConaughey plays an arrogant womanizer who coasts on his looks and charm but eventually …


‘The Soloist’ falls on duo’s shoulders

So there’s Jamie Foxx, in ragtag yellow and magenta, standing on a Los Angeles sidewalk, talking to Robert Downey Jr. The scene cuts up and away from the actors to …


‘Sunshine Cleaning’ merely OK

Blessed with the same porcelain skin, the same plucky confidence, the same dexterity with comedy and drama – Amy Adams and Emily Blunt were born to play sisters. It’s a …


‘Fast & Furious’ returns for revenge

Noise, noise, noise. Crunched metal and shattered glass. More noise. Revving engines. Vin Diesel’s giant head. Hot chicks in tight miniskirts. Even more noise. The end.


Disney moving forward and back with 3-D

Walt Disney is going 3-D on a lot of future films – and some from its past. The studio announced this week that 3-D versions of the computer-animated tales “Toy …


‘Adventureland’ all about amusement

If you ever visited Adventureland amusement park in Farmingdale, N.Y., in the mid-1980s and failed to win that giant plushy prize, Greg Mottola – whose 1984 summer job there inspired …



‘A Haunting’ plenty scary without gory body count

Never play hide-and-seek in a haunted house. Isn’t that one of those motherisms handed down at the same time as “Look both ways before crossing the street” and “Don’t eat …