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Movie review: ‘Exorcism’ scary until the end

“The Last Exorcism” is one of the scariest movies to come along in a long time – until the last five minutes or so, when it completely falls apart. Director …


Big screen becoming smoke-free

There’s a lot less smoking in the movies these days, a new report shows. Tobacco use on the silver screen peaked in 2005 and has been on the decline since, …


‘Switch’ a sweet story despite contrivances

You have to overlook a whole lot of guff in order to enjoy the slight but pleasurable entertainment of “The Switch.” You have to believe that a woman named Kassie, …


‘Piranha 3D’ brings appetite for gore

Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly “Piranha 3D” is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theater to see it. Like “Snakes on a …


‘Nanny’ sequel offers tough-love lessons

The Nanny McPhee movies may be principally for kids, but make no mistake about it: They are, quite literally, a parent’s dream. Overwhelmed single parents with unruly kids are rescued …


‘Winter’s Bone’ nearly perfect film experience

“Winter’s Bone” is a film without one false moment. No movie is perfect, but this Sundance winner, adapted from the excellent novel by Daniel Woodrell, comes close.


‘Girl Who Played With Fire’ fast, violent

“The Girl Who Played With Fire” feels like a hasty knockoff compared to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the big-screen adaptation of the first book in Swedish novelist Stieg …


Bow Wow solid in ‘Lottery Ticket’

“Lottery Ticket” isn’t the mega ball of outrageous comedy, but it’s still a small winner because of the way director Erik White blends comic lunacy with sweet sentimentality. Kevin (Bow …


Movie review: ‘Pilgrim’ hip, high-energy

For a film that’s almost substance-free, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is surprisingly enjoyable. Director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) and a big cast deliver a high-energy …


Movie review: ‘Restrepo’ deftly captures impact of combat

In its opening moments, “Restrepo” looks like every other documentary about America’s ongoing wars. The footage, captured by first-time director Tim Hetherington and author Sebastian Junger, borders on banal – …


Movie review: ‘Eat Pray Love’ filling and fulfilling

“Eat Pray Love” provides exactly what it should to satisfy its core audience: a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional …


Movie review: ‘Expendables’ feels disposable

Here they are, “the REAL A-Team,” the pride and joy of big, bloody ’80s action movies, back for a last roundup. “The Expendables,” Sylvester Stallone’s all-star mercenary movie, is a …


‘Other Guys’ gives old tale new twists

If the mismatched-buddy cop movie seems egregiously overdone, the idea of a parody of that genre would seem especially needless – which is what makes “The Other Guys” such a …


Actor Caine shines in ‘Harry’

“Harry Brown” lets Michael Caine show us his action-hero side one more time in a film that Charles Bronson would have been proud to call his own. This British “Death …


‘Ghost Writer’ doesn’t disappoint

“The Ghost Writer”: A ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) uncovers secrets that put his life in jeopardy. Roman Polanski’s …


‘Step Up 3D’ mixes hot effects, cold clichés

“Step Up 3D” is, in one significant respect, a step up. That is, in contrast to the recent spate of post-production 3-D conversions (“The Last Airbender,” “Clash of the Titans”), …


Dance movies step into the 3-D experience

The pressure to come up with new and exciting dance moves often keeps choreographers thinking outside the box. Now, with the flood of 3-D film releases, they must also think …


‘Cats & Dogs’ sequel lacks laughs

Yeah, that’s Shirley “Goldfinger” Bassey singing over the opening credits of “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.” Kids won’t get it, though parents may chortle at the reference …


New ‘Coco Chanel’ elegant, passionate

“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” opens with the fierce and furious premiere of the Russian composer’s “The Rite of Spring” in a Paris concert hall in 1913. The audience’s animated …


French farce remake weird, interesting

There’s a lot less bite in “Dinner for Schmucks” than there was in the classic French farce that was its inspiration. Whereas “The Dinner Game” (“Le Diner de Cons”) was …


‘Clash’ remake as cheesy as 1981 original

“Clash of the Titans”: A cheesy remake of the even cheesier 1981 ancient Greece adventure, about Perseus’ epic quest to end Hades’ reign of terror and broker a peace deal …


‘Terribly Happy’

Years of moviegoing have familiarized us with tales of city folk waylaid in country towns – quirky Southern backwaters and dusty desert holes. “Terribly Happy,” the Danish foreign film submission …


‘Charlie St. Cloud’ a journey out of despair

Zac Efron and the rest of the crew behind “Charlie St. Cloud” want their movie to be weepy, soulful, inspirational, cathartic, ethereal, life-affirming and who knows what else on the …


It proved a long, arduous journey, but ‘Dinner’ remake is finally served

The Paris stage isn’t where you’d expect a star-heavy, big-budget studio comedy to start its odyssey. But it’s hardly the only unusual place to which “Dinner for Schmucks,” the new …


Story of ‘Ramona and Beezus’ is truly ‘terrifical’

If Ramona, the spirited third-grader at the center of “Ramona and Beezus,” gave a one-word review of the movie about her love/hate relationship with her big sister, Beatrice, she would …


Willis, Morgan buddy up for ‘Cop Out’

“Cop Out”: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and a host of supporting actors labor through this derivative buddy-cop comedy set in Brooklyn. Nonstop high jinks, not too many laughs. (1:50; R …


Swinton in ‘Love’

Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love” is like a lavish Italian opera in which nobody sings, unashamedly melodramatic and gloriously over the top. There’s something about the film’s juicy, stirring close-ups …


‘Salt’ may try to shake you, but it’s really just a sham

“Salt” is, quite literally, a shaggy dog story. Despite the cryptic ads that pose the question, “Who Is Salt?” and regardless of the various twists and turns designed to throw …


‘Avatar’ returns with more footage

James Cameron is sending audiences on an extended tour of “Avatar” as his blockbuster returns to theaters next month with eight minutes of extra footage. Distributor 20th Century Fox announced …


Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

Oh, what simpler times they were when Disney was trotting out movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Those bright, colorful animations, arriving annually like clockwork, defined the …