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‘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: ‘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, …


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 …


‘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 …


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. …


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: ‘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


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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 …


‘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.


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 – …


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: ‘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, …