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Films

Capsule reviews with star ratings are written by critics for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Opening today:

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

A drug-abusing cop (Nicolas Cage) probes the slayings of five illegal immigrants from Senegal.

Running time: 2:00 Rating: R (drug use, language, sexuality, violence)

Magic Lantern: 8:30.

The Book of Eli

A lone warrior (Denzel Washington) carries hope across a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Running time: 1:58 Rating: R (brutal violence, language)

Airway Heights: 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35. NorthTown Mall: 12:45, 4:15, 7:45, 10:35. Post Falls: 12:50, 3:25, 6:10, 8:30. River Park Square: 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:20, 3:10, 4:15, 6:15, 7:15, 9:15, 10:10. Riverstone: 1:15, 2, 4:15, 4:45, 7, 7:45, 9:45, 10:30. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:15, 3, 7:15, 10. Wandermere: 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35.

Broken Embraces

A man lives in obscurity after the death of the love of his life and the loss of his sight.

Running time: 2:08 Rating: R (language, sexual content, drug material)

River Park Square: 11:20 a.m., 2:15, 6:50, 9:45.

The Lovely Bones

A young murder victim watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven.

Running time: 2:16 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing violent content and images, mature material, language)

NorthTown Mall: 12:15, 3:45, 6:45, 10:05. Post Falls: 12:30, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15. River Park Square: 11:15 a.m., 2:45, 6:05, 9:15. Riverstone: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:20, 3:20, 6:50, 9:50. Wandermere: 10:40 a.m., 1:10, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15.

The Spy Next Door

A secret agent (Jackie Chan) must protect his girlfriend’s children from a Russian terrorist.

Running time: 1:32 Rating: PG (rude humor, violence)

Airway Heights: 11:20 a.m., 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20. NorthTown Mall: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40. River Park Square: 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:55, 6:25, 9. Riverstone: 1:10, 3:45, 6:40, 9:25. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:20. Wandermere: 11:20 a.m., 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20.

Continuing:

2012

••1/2 Roland Emmerich sure knows how to make a doomsday movie with a happy ending. This preposterously diverting film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Cusack and Danny Glover is a wild ride that says, it’s OK if 8 billion die as long as eight movie stars and the dog live.

Running time: 2:38 Rating: PG-13 (disaster sequences, language)

Garland: 7:05.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

•• If you can read this, you’re probably too old for this live-action sequel featuring the famously cute singing furballs. With Zachary Levi and David Cross.

Running time: 1:29 Rating: PG (rude humor)

Airway Heights: 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10. NorthTown Mall: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35. Post Falls: 12:55, 2:55. River Park Square: 11:55 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:20. Riverstone: 1:35, 3:50, 6:35, 9:15. Spokane Valley Mall: 11:55 a.m., 2:20, 4:40, 6:55, 9:15. Wandermere: 12:30, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 8:50.

Antichrist

A grieving couple retreat to “Eden,” their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Running time: 1:49 Rating: Not rated Magic Lantern: 7.

Avatar

•••1/2 James Cameron’s mega-expensive, technological marvel is also a whole lot of fun – a gamer generation’s “Dances With Wolves,” with a human soldier (and his avatar) falling in love with a blue-skinned alien from the planet Pandora. Running time: 2:42 Rating: PG-13 (violence, drug and sexual references)

NorthTown Mall: 12:30, 4:30, 8. Post Falls: 12:45, 4, 7:15. River Park Square: 12:30, 4:15, 8. Riverstone: 1:40, 6:30, 10.

Avatar 3D

Airway Heights: 11:40 a.m., 3, 6:20, 9:30. NorthTown Mall: noon, 3:30, 7, 10:25. River Park Square: 10:30 a.m., 2:15, 6, 9:40. Riverstone: 1, 4:30, 8. Spokane Valley Mall: noon, 3:30, 7, 10:20. Wandermere: 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2, 3, 5:20, 6:20, 8:40, 9:30.

Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience

River Park Square: 11 a.m., 2:50, 6:40, 10:15.

The Blind Side

••1/2 Sandra Bullock stars as a Southern woman who takes a destitute teen (and future football star) into her home. Based on a true story, it’s part sports saga, all tearjerker.

Running time: 2:08 Rating: PG-13 (violence, drug and sexual references) Airway Heights: 11 a.m., 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:20. NorthTown Mall: 12:25, 4:25, 7:20. Post Falls: 5:45, 8:20. River Park Square: 11:50 a.m., 3:15, 6:25, 9:20. Riverstone: 1:10, 4, 6:50. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35. Wandermere: 10:45 a.m., 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:20.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

The MacManus brothers return to Boston to avenge the murder of their priest.

Running time: 1:55 Rating: R (violence, language, nudity)

Magic Lantern: 9.

Daybreakers

••• Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe go slumming in this entertainingly cheesy, dark and gory futuristic vampire thriller about a world where vampires rule, but their lifeblood – literally, human blood – is in dangerously short supply.

Running time: 1:38 Rating: R (nudity, language, bloody violence)

Airway Heights: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:40. NorthTown Mall: 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15. River Park Square: 10:35 a.m., 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 9:10. Riverstone: 2:05, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Wandermere: 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:40.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

•1/2 Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play unhappily married Manhattanites who witness a murder and are remanded to witness protection. So mirthless that you’ll want to enroll in a witless-protection program.

Running time: 1:43 Rating: PG-13 (sexual content)

Riverstone: 9:50.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

••• Kaleidoscope meets calliope in Terry Gilliam’s carnivalesque tale of a magician (Christopher Plummer) who may lose his magic (and his daughter) to the devil. With Heath Ledger (in his last screen role).

Running time: 2:02 Rating: PG-13 (language, sensuality, violent images)

River Park Square: 1:35, 7.

Invictus

••• Rousing sports inspirational starring Morgan Freeman as newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela, who seizes upon the gladiatorial game of rugby to unify angry blacks and scared whites in his nation after the fall of apartheid. With Matt Damon.

Running time: 2:14 Rating: PG-13 (language)

River Park Square: 11:05 a.m., 2, 5, 7:55. Wandermere: 4:30.

It’s Complicated

••• Meryl Streep is the hypotenuse in a romantic triangle with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) and an architect (Steve Martin) in Nancy Meyer’s sprightly fairy tale for adults.

Running time: 2:00 Rating: R (language, sensuality)

Airway Heights: 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40. NorthTown Mall: 11:35 a.m., 10. River Park Square: 11:35 a.m., 2:50, 6:35, 9:55. Riverstone: 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:50, 3:50, 6:35. Wandermere: 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40.

Journey Into Amazing Caves

Scientists travel to caves in Arizona, Greenland and Mexico searching for discoveries that may lead to cures for human disease.

Running time: :39 Rating: Not rated

IMAX (Riverfront Park): noon, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50.

Leap Year

•• Ho-hum rom-com starring Amy Adams as a marriage-minded American and Matthew Goode as the Irishman who escorts her and her luggage to Dublin so she can propose to her longtime beau.

Running time: 1:40 Rating: PG (language, sensuality)

Airway Heights: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. NorthTown Mall: 12:10, 3:15, 6:30, 9:55. Post Falls: 1, 3:20, 5:30, 7:35. River Park Square: 11:40 a.m., 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35. Riverstone: 1:30, 3:55, 6:55, 9:30. Wandermere: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15.

Nine

••1/2 Ron Marshall’s film inspired by the 1983 Broadway musical, which in turn was based on the 1962 Federico Fellini movie about a director in crisis. Daniel Day-Lewis is spidery fun as the central filmmaker, but Marshall’s staging of the numbers has the effect of an overwrought girlie show.

Running time: 1:58 Rating: PG-13 (sexual content)

River Park Square: 6:10, 9:15.

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

••• Harrowing, and with heroic performances from Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique as a 16-year-old and her abusive mother, Lee Daniels’ film takes the audience from a girl’s dehumanization to a life of purpose.

Running time: 1:49 Rating: R (child abuse, language, sexual assault)

River Park Square: 10:45 a.m., 4:25, 9:35.

The Princess and the Frog

•••1/2 This jazzy, pizazzy and enchanting Disney animated musical of the old-school, hand-drawn style features a scrappy new-school heroine. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Tiana, a hard-working waitress hoping to save enough tips to buy her own restaurant, and Bruno Campos is a Mediterranean prince who steps into some deep voodoo when he disembarks in 1919 New Orleans.

Running time: 1:35 Rating: G Airway Heights: 11 a.m. River Park Square: 10:40 a.m., 1:10, 3:35. Wandermere: 10:45 a.m., 12:35, 2:30.

Sherlock Holmes

•• Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective has Attention Deficit Disorder in Guy Ritchie’s clamoring, breathless, turn-of-the-(last)-century action movie. Robert Downey Jr., ripped and ready with the glib riposte, is Holmes, and Jude Law his bland Dr. Watson. The Holmes-as-action-hero conceit could have been fun, if anyone had thought to write a screenplay that made sense.

Running time: 2:08 Rating: PG-13 (suggestive material, violence, startling images)

Airway Heights: 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20. NorthTown Mall: 11:45 a.m., 4, 7:30, 10:20. Post Falls: 12:40, 3:15, 5:50, 8:25. River Park Square: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:40, 3, 4:40, 6:15, 7:45, 9:30. Riverstone: 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:30, 4:05, 7:20, 10:10. Wandermere: 1, 3:45, 6:30, 7:15, 9:15, 9:50.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

••• Swoony love triangle plus swoopy camerawork equals this abstinence-makes-the-heart- grow-fondler adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult romance novel. With angst-princess Kirsten Stewart, passion prince Robert Pattinson and studmuffin Taylor Lautner.

Running time: 2:10 Rating: PG-13 (language, sexual references, drug use)

NorthTown Mall: 2:55, 6:40.

Up in the Air

•••• As the frequent-flying career transition counselor (read: the suave bully you hire when you’re scared to fire employees), George Clooney gives the performance of his career. Jason Reitman’s movie is perfectly tailored to the stars melancholy twinkle and purring motormouth. With the sublime Vera Farmiga and quirky Anna Kendrick.

Running time: 1:49 Rating: R (language, sexual content)

Airway Heights: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:25, 6:45, 9:15. NorthTown Mall: 10:30 a.m.. River Park Square: 10:55 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 10:05. Riverstone: 1:50, 4:25, 7:30, 10:15. Spokane Valley Mall: 9:25 a.m.. Wandermere: 11:15 a.m., 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15.

Where the Wild Things Are

••• Spike Jonze dares to adapt Maurice Sendak’s sublime and scary children’s book classic, and conjures up a satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp. No masterpiece, but it’s a brave undertaking, and an oft-times transcendent one.

Running time: 1:41 Rating: PG (language)

Garland: 5:05.

The Young Victoria

••• Emily Blunt shines in the title role as Britain’s mighty 19th-century monarch, in this deliciously dressed-up protofeminist bio-pic. It’s a portrait of a young lady taking to power – tentatively at first, but soon with fierce conviction, with relish. And with Rupert Friend as the soulful Prince Albert, at her side. Running time: 1:44

Rating: PG (violence, language, sensuality) Magic Lantern: 6:30.

Youth in Revolt

••• Michael Cera doubles up as a teenage virgin nerdboy and his aggressively cool Frenchie alter ego in this hip and often hysterical coming-of-age comedy adapted from the cult-fave C.D. Payne books. Great supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, Ray Liotta and Fred Willard.

Running time: 1:30 Rating: R (drug use, language, sexual content)

NorthTown Mall: 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:35, 9:45. River Park Square: 11:10 a.m., 1:55, 4:50, 7:35, 10. Riverstone: 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:40. Wandermere: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30.

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