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At a glance: ‘Not Easily Broken’

A couple’s strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and the husband becomes attracted to another woman. Running time/rating: 1:39; rated PG-13 for …


At a glance: ‘The Wrestler’

Mickey Rourke stars as an over-the-hill professional wrestler, fighting his own worst instincts in his quest to find a bit of happiness as his performing career winds down. Running time/rating: …


‘Valentine’ pays homage to ’81 original

The late 1970s and early 1980s was the golden age for modern horror films. The idea behind movies like “Chopping Mall” or “The House on Sorority Row” was to entertain …


Life of Notorious B.I.G. captured

Rap earns its first top-drawer bio film with “Notorious,” a revealing, moving and entertaining peek at the 24 years that Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., spent on this Earth. George …


‘Paul Blart’ wastes Kevin James’ talent

The biggest crime in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is not the bank heist that goes down at a New Jersey mall on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the …


Ed Harris’ direction, acting aids ‘Appaloosa’

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‘Hotel’ belongs in doghouse

Kids will watch most anything with a dog in it – witness the success of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Marley & Me,” or the never-ending “Beethoven” franchise. But studios usually …


Zwick tries for big, bold in ‘Defiance’

Things didn’t have to work out this way for Edward Zwick. The “thirtysomething” and “My So Called Life” co-creator broke into the movies with “About Last Night” and could have …


Ripe ‘Tomatoes’

The sci-fi romance “WALL-E” and documentary “Man on Wire” took top honors in the 10th annual Golden Tomato Awards, which honor the best-reviewed films of the year as determined by …


At a glance: ‘Defiance’

Based on a real story from World War II, three brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) flee German-occupied Poland and, along with hundreds of Jewish exiles, try to rebuild …


At a glance: ‘My Bloody Valentine 3-D’

It’s the 10th anniversary of the infamous Valentine’s Day murders, and a man (Jensen Ackles) returning to his hometown finds himself considered the chief suspect. Running time/rating: 1:41; rated R …


‘Hotel for Dogs’

When orphaned siblings (Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin) try to find a place to hide a dog from their foster parents, they stumble onto an abandoned hotel that three stray …


At a glance: ‘Notorious’

Jamal Woolard plays Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, the Brooklyn-raised rapper who rose from crack dealer to become a central figure in the East Coast rap scene. Running time/rating: 2:02; …


At a glance: ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’

Overweight and overlooked, security guard Paul Blart (Kevin James) is the only thing that stands in the way of a gang intent on robbing the mall where he works. Running …


Before he was Dirty Harry, he was Spokane’s Clinton Jr.

As I was saying … My plan this week was to walk up the steps to 623 E. 19th Ave., knock on the door and say, “Did you know Clint …


‘Bride Wars’ has one funny line

This cliched comedy “Bride Wars” tosses out stereotypes about female materialism and cattiness with all the giddy gusto of a newly married woman flinging the bouquet at her single girlfriends. …


‘Pineapple’ attempts stoner humor

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‘Unborn’ will make you jump, laugh

The Kabbalah. Hot college students. An abandoned mental institution. Gary Oldman. Jogging. Twins.


‘Dark Knight’ wins five People’s Choice awards

Holy People’s Choice Awards, Batman! “The Dark Knight” soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite ceremony.


At a glance: ‘The Unborn’

A young woman (Odette Yustman) fights an evil spirit that is trying to take possession of her. Running time/rating: 1:28; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing …


Pitt shows more mature life view

The days might be numbered for the old Brad Pitt – the absurdly handsome leading man who couldn’t seem to keep his shirt on in a movie for more than …


Dan Webster’s 10 best film moments of 2008

Top 10 lists are, by definition, subjective exercises. Yet in some years, when it comes to movies at least, there’s usually some sort of collective agreement on what deserves to …


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Mendes more than ‘The Girl’

In “The Spirit,” Eva Mendes plays a conniving jewel thief who has managed to kill all 14 of the men she has married. It’s a fabulous role for any woman, …


‘Burn’ treads lightly, succeeds mildly

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‘Marley & Me’ lacks depth of memoir

Aww, look at that cute, fluffy puppy in those “Marley & Me” ads. He’s so sweet and innocent with those pleading eyes and that shiny, red bow around his neck. …


‘Button’ a constant time shift

In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” time doesn’t just slip away. It surges like a tsunami, swamping cities and washing aside human lives like so much Mississippi Delta topsoil. …


‘Doubt’ excels on sheer star power

It is 1964 in the Bronx, and in the parish of St. Nicholas the good nuns and priests are busy teaching history and giving homilies. Yet the one thing we …


Can’t sleep? ‘Bedtime’ will help

“Bedtime Stories” is the kind of children’s tale that sounds like it would make a great book. Unfortunately, great books don’t always make great movies, and “Bedtime Stories” is far …


‘The Spirit’ offers plenty of eye candy, nothing more

How do you critique acting that’s willfully bad, a story that’s crazy on purpose, dialogue that sets out to be stilted and clichéd? You say this: “The Spirit” looks great …