Jonathan Kiefer



Iron Man 2; PG-13, 125 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

Iron Man 2; PG-13, 125 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

To introduce us to its characters, Iron Man 2 does its requisite bit of forging and soldering. But it makes sense that this character-stuffed film begins at the Stark Expo. In the end—with all its fireworks, gadgetry and idol worship­—it amounts to a Marvel Studios trade show. In the follow up to 2008’s first installment, […]

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Alice in Wonderland (PG, 108 minutes) 
Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Carmike Cinema 6 The Back-up Plan (PG-13, 98 minutes) In this romantic comedy, Jennifer Lopez plays a single woman who wants to get pregnant without waiting any more to meet Mr. Right. So she gets pregnant. Then she meets Mr. Right (Alex O’Loughlin). Read C-VILLE’s […]

The Back-Up Plan; PG-13, 98 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

The Back-Up Plan; PG-13, 98 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

The premise alone might induce morning sickness: Jennifer Lopez plays a single Manhattanite who wants to get pregnant without waiting any longer to meet Mr. Right. So she gets pregnant. Then she meets Mr. Right. Uh oh!  Conception precedes romance—but not in the usual way—for Jennifer Lopez in The Back-Up Plan, a romantic comedy from […]

Date Night; PG-13, 88 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

Date Night; PG-13, 88 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

They are, as she puts it, “just a boring married couple from New Jersey.” She first says it in a fit of agitation during one tense moment about midway through, then again, more calmly, and with some irony, as the action ebbs toward denouement. And of course there was evidence supporting her claim from the […]

Clash of the Titans; PG-13, 110 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

Clash of the Titans; PG-13, 110 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

When Ray Harryhausen first heard in 2006 that Clash of the Titans, the 1981 film that he stop-motion animated, was being remade, he had one thing to say: “Oh. I hope not.”  Harryhausen’s contributions to the 1981 film, although impressive for being a more memorable performance than Laurence Olivier as Zeus, also had a way […]

Hot Tub Time Machine; R, 100 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

Hot Tub Time Machine; R, 100 minutes; Regal Downtown Mall 6

Hot Tub Time Machine is a movie with the courage to ask, “Man, what happened to us?” and the honesty to answer, “Oh, that’s right: We came of age as acid-washed coke fiends during Reaganomics, heavy pastels and Poison concerts.” It’s a movie with the wisdom to remind us that those who don’t learn from […]

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Alice in Wonderland (PG, 109 minutes) Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover and Alan Rickman  star in director Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s fantasy classics. Playing at Carmike Cinema 6 Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story of a Marine (Sam Worthington) sent […]

Greenberg; R, 107 minutes; Opening Friday

Greenberg; R, 107 minutes; Opening Friday

It’s not writer-director Noah Baumbach’s fault if Greenberg, about a guy named Greenberg, makes me wish for a movie called Zoidberg, about the friendless, incompetent, vaguely Yiddish, attention-craving crustacean physician from “Futurama.” “Oh, it’s all so complicated, with the flowers, and the romance, and the lies upon lies,” Zoidberg once lamented, sounding a note that […]

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  Alice in Wonderland (PG, 109 minutes) Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover and Alan Rickman  star in director Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s fantasy classics. Opening Friday Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story of a Marine (Sam Worthington) sent to the […]

Green Zone; R, 115 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Green Zone; R, 115 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

 “Too soon?” we worried when director Paul Greengrass brought out United 93 in 2006, five years after the fact. Not so, it turned out, but there’s no getting around the less tactful too-lateness of Green Zone. In Greengrass’ new thriller, Matt Damon stars as not Jason Bourne, but Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller in 2003 […]

Alice in Wonderland; PG, 109 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Alice in Wonderland; PG, 109 minutes; Carmike Cinema 6

Let history handle the business of judging Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland against the other attempts. A more pressing question is whether Burton’s film will satisfy fans of his earlier work. Look at little Eddie Scissorhands, all grown up: Johnny Depp plays The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s CG-heavy take on the timeworn […]

Cop Out; R, 110 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

Cop Out; R, 110 minutes; Regal Seminole Square 4

This action comedy from director Kevin Smith, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two NYPD veterans in search of a stolen vintage baseball card, used to be called A Couple of Dicks.  Yes, that’s right. Cop Out is Kevin Smith’s first foray into full-fledged big-studio moviemaking (the studio being Warner Brothers). Word is that […]

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  Alice in Wonderland (PG, 109 minutes) Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover and Alan Rickman  star in director Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s fantasy classics. Opening Friday   Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story of a Marine (Sam […]

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4 An Education (PG-13, 100 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s full review here. Playing at Regal Downtown Mall 6 Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James […]

The Wolfman; R, 125 minutes; Opening Friday

The Wolfman; R, 125 minutes; Opening Friday

A man discovers that he’s a wolf. Hey, it happens.    But The Wolfman’s first problem is how long it takes him to discover it. Lawrence Talbot, a 19th-century American stage actor, returns to his troubled family life in England after his brother goes missing. Relations are strained further with his father and brother’s fiancée […]

From Paris with Love; R, 112 minutes; Opening Friday

From Paris with Love; R, 112 minutes; Opening Friday

What a quaint little picture this is. From Paris with Love is an R-rated movie for the person you were before you were old enough to get into R-rated movies. A throwback to a time when all an action thriller had to do was dispense with menacing minorities by the dozen; when all an American […]

Crazy Heart; R, 112 minutes; Opening Friday

Crazy Heart; R, 112 minutes; Opening Friday

 In writer-director Scott Cooper’s debut feature, based on Thomas Cobb’s novel, Jeff Bridges plays an aging country-and-western crooner who’s just about washed up, evidently in booze. Bridges’ Bad Blake  sits comfortably within the musical tradition of Williams, Jennings, Nelson and Kristofferson, and less comfortably within his own broken-down life, which of course is why the […]

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4   Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the story of a […]

A Single Man; R, 99 minutes; Vinegar Hill Theatre

A Single Man; R, 99 minutes; Vinegar Hill Theatre

It’s hard not to notice that A Single Man’s timing seems a little awkward.   For starters, it will inevitably be confused with the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man, and both movies follow horn-rimmed sad sacks who feel trapped in the peculiar quicksand of 1960s Americana.   Colin Firth navigates the simultaneous numbness and volatility that mourning […]

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4   Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the […]

From the prophet Denzel

From the prophet Denzel

Quite appropriately for a movie about the apocalypse, it gets most interesting at the end. But to explain why would spoil it, and most of the time it’s already too close to spoiling itself. For starters: Yes, here is another goddamned movie about the apocalypse, and with a god-saved hero to boot. The Denz of […]

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel! (PG, 89 minutes) The Chipmunks flick that will likely appeal to the High School Musical crowd, thanks to the debut of the Chipettes! Playing at Regal Seminole Square 4   Avatar (PG-13, 162 minutes) Read C-VILLE’s featured review here. James Cameron’s opus uses brand-new filmmaking technology to tell the […]

Michael Cera: Born to Revolt?

Michael Cera: Born to Revolt?

Before Youth in Revolt became a movie, it was the first book in C.D. Payne’s popular six-novel series, known collectively as The Journals of Nick Twisp. Its partisans likely will find the film disappointing, but the rest of us should have a good time.    Rebel without a clue: Michael Cera plays up his mean […]

Nine feels more like a three

Nine feels more like a three

First, an important disclaimer from the press materials: “The original 1982 Broadway production of Nine, nominated for 12 Tony Awards and winning five, including Best Musical, was directed by Tommy Tune, choreographed by Thommie Walsh, starred Raúl Juliá with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit. The 2003 Broadway revival of […]