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An inventive twist elevates Rian Johnson’s funny and clever con-man caper starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz.

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Dance Flick

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2009

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You might get a few chuckles out of Dance Flick, but mostly you’ll find yourself groaning at the level of stupidity on display.

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Sin Nombre

by Eric Melin on May 22, 2009

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A restrained and poignant movie from first-time writer/director Cary Fukunaga about migrants and gang members from Central America.

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McG’s sub-par storytelling strands star Christian Bale in this muddled, choppy, and derivative fourth film in the sagging “Terminator” franchise.

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Angels & Demons

by Eric Melin on May 15, 2009

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Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks again in this faster-paced but equally unfulfilling sequel to “The Da Vinci Code.”

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Lymelife

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2009

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First time directors Derick and Steven Martini show us that suburban life isn’t all its cracked up to be.

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Star Trek

by Eric Melin on May 6, 2009

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J.J. Abrams relaunches a tired franchise with youthful vigor, exciting action, and efficient character development to spare. Crowd-pleasing Hollywood blockbusters don’t come much more entertaining than this.

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This disappointing action movie reduces Hugh Jackman’s complicated anti-hero to a wisecracking cliche in favor of inconsequential fight scenes.

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The Soloist

by Eric Melin on April 24, 2009

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Jamie Foxx shines in director Joe Wright’s inspirational feel-good movie about a homeless musician. Co-stars Robert Downey Jr.

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The Informers

by Eric Melin on April 24, 2009

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This hollow Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is that rare movie that is so tedious it dares you to keep watching.

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State of Play

by Eric Melin on April 17, 2009

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Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck are old friends caught up in a Washington scandal in this traditional investigative journalism throwback that works best when its personal relationships are being tested.

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Observe and Report

by Eric Melin on April 10, 2009

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Writer/director Jody Hill goes for the throat in this frustrating and refreshing comedy starring Seth Rogen about a bipolar mall cop who wants badly to carry a gun and be a real man.

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There were fireworks, a big crocodile, make-up, dancing, and kissing. Boys are shooey. And they were eating crabs!

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Adventureland

by Eric Melin on April 2, 2009

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Writer/director Greg Mottola mines his past for an aching, poignant story about a recent college graduate who finds himself at a rundown theme park in 1987.

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Monsters Vs. Aliens

by Eric Melin on March 27, 2009

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DreamWorks makes a 3D movie with characters that don’t jump off the screen.

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