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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG, 140 minutes) The Pevensie kids return to the magical land of Narnia, only to find that 1,000 years have passed since their last visit, leaving Narnia a far different place than it was before. Wouldn’t you know it, an evil general has taken over the land and it’s […]

WALL-E World

WALL-E World

You may think you have a low tolerance for cute. But all your prejudices against Hello Kitty stickers, Precious Moments figurines, Anne Geddes photographs, interspecies snorgling (if you don’t know, you don’t want to) and Knut the polar bear have done nothing to steel you against the onslaught of adorability that is WALL-E. WALL-E is […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG, 140 minutes) The Pevensie kids return to the magical land of Narnia, only to find that 1,000 years have passed since their last visit, leaving Narnia a far different place than it was before. Wouldn’t you know it, an evil general has taken over […]

Guns, guts and graphic novels

Guns, guts and graphic novels

Amidst the high-profile comic book movies flooding theaters this summer (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2), there’s one more whose roots trace, rather quietly, back to the graphic novel format. Wanted is based on a six-issue miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones published in 2003. Admittedly, the movie version takes […]

Movies playing in town

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG, 140 minutes) The Pevensie kids return to the magical land of Narnia, only to find that 1,000 years have passed since their last visit, leaving Narnia a far different place than it was before. Wouldn’t you know it, an evil general has taken over the land and it’s […]

“Sorry about that, chief”

“Sorry about that, chief”

Nostalgia is a powerful tool, and it’s one of the driving forces behind the new, feature film adaptation of the ’60s spy spoof TV series, “Get Smart.” Rather than totally reinvent the show (Mission: Impossible), slavishly re-create it (The Addams Family) or completely lampoon it (The Brady Bunch Movie), the makers of this action comedy […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG, 140 minutes) The Pevensie kids return to the magical land of Narnia, only to find that 1,000 years have passed since their last visit, leaving Narnia a far different place than it was before. Wouldn’t you know it, an evil general has taken over […]

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Movies playing in town Baby Mama (PG-13, 96 minutes) Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”) goes for big screen fame, starring as a workaholic single businesswoman who decides it’s time to have it all and spawn a kid. Sadly, her uterus isn’t in on the plan, and she’s forced to hire a surrogate mother in the […]

Hulk smash box office?

Hulk smash box office?

Remember Ang Lee’s angst-ridden art house take on 2003’s The Hulk? Well, Marvel Comics would prefer you didn’t. Just put it all out of your mind. Forget about Bruce Banner’s abusive childhood, his contemplative moods and his battle with mutated dogs. Marvel is rebooting the film series with this summer’s The Incredible Hulk. As with […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town Baby Mama (PG-13, 96 minutes) Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”) goes for big screen fame, starring as a workaholic single businesswoman who decides it’s time to have it all and spawn a kid. Sadly, her uterus isn’t in on the plan, and she’s forced to hire a surrogate mother in the […]

“Sweded” bliss

“Sweded” bliss

The term, in case you haven’t heard it, is “sweding.” It comes from Michel Gondry’s mostly ignored film, Be Kind, Rewind. It refers to the act of remaking something from scratch and in a ridiculously inexpensive manner with whatever is at hand. The Internet is rife with sweded films (Star Wars re-shot in someone’s garage, […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town Baby Mama (PG-13, 96 minutes) Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”) goes for big screen fame, starring as a workaholic single businesswoman who decides it’s time to have it all and spawn a kid. Sadly, her uterus isn’t in on the plan, and she’s forced to hire a surrogate mother in the […]

Look who’s stalking!

Look who’s stalking!

The ’50s had monster movies, the ’80s had slasher movies. So far, the 21st century hasn’t quite generated its own clearly defined subgenre of horror films (the “torture porn” category seems to have been thankfully short-lived). But at least we’re starting to see the lineage of what might be the scary zeitgeist of the ’aughts. […]

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Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

Crack that whip!

Crack that whip!

You can’t keep a good man down. So, a good 10 years after his last outing, Indiana Jones himself is out of mothballs and back in search of high adventure. With the Hollywood triumvirate of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford back on board, viewers can rest relatively assured of some serious summer movie […]

Golden oldies

Golden oldies

In the world of documentary filmmaking, it’s rare to come across a story containing more than mere topical analysis tinged with one or more of the following: hip music, radical activism, gratuitously artistic shots, dry humor and/or cool graphics. Absorbing human drama tends to be more elusive and reserved for works of fiction, while the […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

Need for Speed?

Need for Speed?

In their first writing/directing effort since the conclusion of the epic Matrix trilogy, the Wachowski brothers grab the wheel in Speed Racer, a live-action adaptation of the classic Japanese cartoon from the ’60s. Given the groundbreaking, if audience-splitting, work the Wachowskis did on the techno-mythical Matrix films, Speed Racer seems like a somewhat junior-grade assignment. […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

Ruling, with an iron fist

Ruling, with an iron fist

The problem with introducing movie-going audiences to a new superhero franchise—something you can expect to witness every summer for the foreseeable future—is that filmmakers are obliged to spend the first flick recounting the age-old “origin” myth. This introductory tale serves to inform viewers how our chosen hero became so damn super in the first place, […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

Baby on board

Baby on board

Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan. Given that truism, it’s easy to trace the lineage of Baby Mama back to today’s reigning queens of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Some things are better left to the stork: UVA grad Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler play the Gallant and Goofus of […]

Apa-told you once…

Apa-told you once…

“From the guys who brought you The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is getting to be like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for comedy films. Judd Apatow has only directed one movie since The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but his name has been attached in one way or another to nine films since then, from Talladega Nights: The Ballad […]

Movies playing in town

Movies playing in town21 (PG-13, 123 minutes) Inspired by the book Bringing Down the House, this fact-based (let’s not go all the way to “true”) story introduces us to hotshot young M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess, Across the Universe). Our boy Ben’s a math wizard, but he’s too poor to afford tuition. Enter evil […]

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Movies playing in town88 Minutes (R, 108 minutes) Al Pacino plays a college professor who is given 88 minutes to solve his own murder. That’s pretty much the same plot as the 1988 remake of D.O.A. with a tighter timeframe, but we’ll let it slide. This time. Apparently, our man Al’s testimony helped send a […]

Numbered days

Numbered days

If someone started out by telling you that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a bleak drama about abortion, shot in Romania and set during the Communist era, you’d probably avoid it like the plague. So, instead, I’ll start out by telling you that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days captured the […]