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Review: ‘Post Grad’ aims low in plot department

“Post Grad,” a comedy about a driven, hardworking college student who’s unable to find a job after she graduates, actually might have been relevant. It might have been a satirical …


Filmmakers shoot in Cheney

A few Cheney landmarks saw action last week during filming of “Perfect Ten,” the first full-length feature movie by Seattle-based First Sight Productions. The company is owned by husband-and-wife team …


Director injects apartheid storyline into ‘District 9’

In the documentary-style sci-fi thriller “District 9,” which arrives in theaters today, hundreds of thousands of aliens become stranded in South Africa after their massive spaceship comes to a standstill …


Review: ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ manages to lose its way

So let’s try to get this straight: In “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” Eric Bana plays a guy named Henry who jumps around the past, present and future, only he can’t …


‘Soloist’ tells true, heartening story

‘The Soloist’ The true story of a newspaper columnist (Robert Downey Jr.) and his friendship with a schizophrenic street musician in Los Angeles (Jamie Foxx), the film is suffused with …


‘Julie & Julia’ fails to blend ingredients

They sometimes say of a great performer, “I’d pay to hear him read the phone book.” I am delighted to watch Meryl Streep peel potatoes in “Julie & Julia.” Streep …


‘(500) Days’ takes inventive approach on old theme

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to win girl back: It’s a tale you’ve heard a million times before. But it’s told in such a relatable, inventive way …


‘Getaway’ offers summer joyride

Back in the days of movie double-bills and snack-bar food that didn’t cost as much as a small car, “A Perfect Getaway” would have been the perfect diversion. This suspenseful, …


‘Tyson’ paints man’s life of contradictions

Soft-spoken, contemplative, weepy, the subject of James Toback’s documentary “Tyson” – Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world – is not the ferocious, ear-biting, head-butting convicted rapist (“falsely accused,” …


‘G.I. Joe’ opens to little fanfare

It’s the biggest movie of the summer that practically no one has seen. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” opens today, but Paramount Pictures didn’t screen the blockbuster for critics’ …


Apatow chases tears, laughs with ‘Funny People’

With “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” Judd Apatow, Hollywood’s one-man laugh factory, made his mark with tales that mostly wallowed in all-out comedic bliss. Now, for his next act, …


‘Fast & Furious’ proves fun, frantic

‘Fast & Furious’ “Fast & Furious” refires the high-speed adrenaline and the fuel-injected bromance between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker that began in 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious.”


House in ‘Connecticut’ reveals chilling secret

‘The Haunting in Connecticut”’ Solid acting and handsomely realized effects depicting ghostly visions and visitations make this a chilling occult tale.


‘Half-Blood’ poised to keep Harry Potter’s run rolling

The previous Harry Potter movie was a big deal, yes, but it came out less than two weeks before the seventh and final chapter of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular series …


‘Knowing’ both silly, depressing

“Knowing” John Koestler (Nicolas Cage), comes across a 50-year-old list of numbers that somehow seems to have predicted – down to the precise date and location – every major disaster …


Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film divides the gay community

Among those poised to get lathered up over “Bruno” – comic-critic Sacha Baron Cohen’s new exercise in carefully calibrated bad taste – are Jews, blacks, hunters, wrestling fans, the military, …


North by Northwest set to tackle Carpenter thriller

North by Northwest’s next movie project will be a thriller titled “The Ward,” directed by John Carpenter, the veteran director famous for “Halloween” and “Escape From New York.” It’s scheduled …


Fox goes from unknown to mega star, thanks to ‘Transformers’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – If stares were lasers, Megan Fox would be Swiss cheese. Every eye – man and woman – is glued to the 23-year-old actress, wearing a purple …


Oblivious ‘Shopaholic’ begins, ends with Fisher

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” Is Rebecca Bloomwood the embodiment of irresponsible consumership? Absolutely, which makes the timing of the film either genius or fatal, but two things weigh in its …


Review: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ truly is a keeper

“My Sister’s Keeper” is a horror movie for parents and a righteous weeper that earns its tears. Directed with a sure, sensitive hand by Nick Cassavetes (”The Notebook”), it is …


Review: ‘Away We Go’ sparkles

Movies about pregnancy all too often feature mad dashes to the maternity ward, delivery-room histrionics and bumbling, hovering relatives. “Away We Go” rejects those cliches and instead takes an honest, …


‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to kidnap Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). Running time/rating: 2:27; PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual …


‘Away We Go’

A young couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) on the brink of parenthood travel North America in search of the best place to settle down. Running time/rating: 90 minutes; R …


‘Taking of Pelham’ an uneven remake

The way the title of the original 1974 film – “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” – has been condensed tells you everything you need to know about the …


Eastwood shines in ‘Torino’

‘Gran Torino’ Clint Eastwood delivers a breathtaking performance in a by turns appalling and hilarious role that recalls great ghosts of Eastwood vigilante thrillers past.


Eddie Murphy comedy not as funny as imagined

Eddie Murphy finds his Inner Cosby in “Imagine That,” a comedy that is long on Cosbylike, kid-friendly charm even if it falls short in the funny department. He keeps the …


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 …


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. …