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‘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 …


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 …


Highly styled ‘SATC2’ offers little substance

“Sex and the City 2” is so over-the-top ridiculous, it plays like a parody of what a sequel to the 2008 hit movie would be. You can just imagine how …


‘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 …


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 …


‘The Secret of Kells’

Nestled among this year’s batch of best animated feature Oscar nominees was “The Secret of Kells,” a movie that received little distribution in the United States and had no spinoff …


‘Dumb idea’ opens today

When “Saturday Night Live’s” Will Forte appeared in the first goofy “MacGruber” sketch, never in his most deranged dreams did he envision the clueless, mullet-headed, bomb-diffusing character at the center …


‘Shrek’ opener might fall short

The big screen’s most famous ogre might have good reason to be grumpy this weekend. “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth and purportedly final installment of DreamWorks Animation’s money-minting series, could …


‘Invictus’ brings tale that inspired a nation

“Invictus”: Clint Eastwood directs the story of Nelson Mandela as he motivates South Africa’s rugby team to win the World Cup to inspire national unity. With Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. …


‘Robin Hood’ prequel never rises above passable

In one unfortunate regard, Ridley Scott’s grimy “Robin Hood” lives up to its legendary character: It, too, robs – just from richer movies. Scott’s bungled yet matinee-worthy take on that …


Crowe unveils a rugged ‘Robin’

The legend of Robin Hood, king of the rogues, is best summed up by Roger Miller, the guy who sang “King of the Road.” “There’s been a heap of legends …


Sappy ‘Letters’ just feels contrived

Juliet might want to take her own life all over again if she knew the gooey depths to which Hollywood would sink in her name to woo an audience.


Mickey Rourke’s comeback rolls on with ‘Iron Man 2’

With the muscular physique of a lifelong athlete and a face battered by boxing, Mickey Rourke looks almost as intimidating in person as he does in “Iron Man 2,” where …


Summer movie calendar features something for just about everyone

Hollywood is expanding its age demographic this summer. With a new karate kid, a middle-aged iron man, the return of the school girl-teen wolf-vampire love triangle, and a 1,500-year-old sorcerer, …


‘Clash’ remake not so titanic

Who wants to be a god, anyway? That’s the principal twist inserted into the new “Clash of the Titans,” a remake of the sometimes fondly recalled, technologically dated 1981 film …


Holmes, rival resurrected on small screen

Available on DVD this week: “Sherlock Holmes”: The super sleuth and his assistant, Dr. Watson, watch their nemesis put to death, but he returns from the grave for revenge. With …


‘Our Family Wedding’ leans on slapstick, stereotyping

Instead of invitations, they should be sending out apologies for “Our Family Wedding,” a cake-and-kisses comedy that has disaster written all over it and not for the right reasons. Race …


Beauty and the geek’s love story offers hope

Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is a five at best – a skinny, geeky airport security officer with no career prospects and little ambition, still obsessing over ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane) even …


Polanksi deftly crafts thriller ‘Ghost Writer’

Roman Polanski’s terrific new thriller “The Ghost Writer” deftly reminds us what has long made the director so effective, in movies like “Repulsion,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown”: His singular knack …


New DVDs: Corporate ax man tackles tough job

Available this week on DVD: “Up in the Air”: A corporate ax man lives out of his suitcase and loves it, until he falls for his female counterpart. With George …


Actors portraying dark side of humanity attracting kudos

For your consideration: A pedophile serial killer with a creepy dollhouse hobby, a murderous Nazi who delights in tormenting Jews, and a hateful mother who abuses her daughter and granddaughter. …


‘Last Station’ captures Tolstoy’s end

He was the celebrated author of “War & Peace,” but the last years of Leo Tolstoy’s life were all war and no peace. The savage rivalry for his attention and …


‘Cop Out’ lacks Kevin Smith’s wit, humor

Heartbroken by the disappointing box-office grosses of his last film, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” filmmaker Kevin Smith – a smart, shrewd storyteller who has compensated for his lack …


Middle American town gets attack of ‘The Crazies’

Breck Eisner’s insane-in-the-membrane update of the George A. Romero cult horror movie “The Crazies” opens with a brief shot of fire, devastation and small-town apocalypse, followed by a title card …


DVDs: ‘Informant’ features Damon

Available on DVD this week: “The Informant”: The FBI investigates an agri-industry company based on a price-fixing accusation made by the business’ vice president, who has a bit of a …


Film industry seeing double in 3-D

How intense is our new love affair with 3-D movies? Intense enough that changing the release date of just one title could set off a chain reaction of panicked rescheduling …


Oscars will omit live song performances

Some of Oscar’s most memorable moments have come during performances of nominated songs. Among them: rap group Three 6 Mafia surrounded by streetwalkers as they performed “It’s Hard Out Here …