James Marsden

Usually when a cheap movie with a bankable cast goes largely unpromoted, it’s for a simple and obvious reason: It’s not any good.

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The most notable thing about The D-Train, opening in theaters today, is Jack Black’s transformation into a desperate loser who cannot express the repressed feelings of love that he has for an old high school friend.

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2 Guns certainly doesn’t reinvent the buddy-cop genre, but it does play to its strengths without taking itself too seriously, which is where many of its brethren get tripped up.

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Kill For Me devolves into a series of twists, each more inexplicable and illogical than the last, as Hailey’s true motives become harder to discern as she goes to extreme lengths to blackmail her roommate and lover into helping Hailey seduce and kill her abusive father

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It’s consistently funny, but it’s also shame that Bachelorette lets most of its characters off the hook too easily, especially after being such a tough-minded film at the opening.

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Those seeking out Robot & Frank are likely to get exactly what they expect, no more, no less, but for longtime fans of Frank Langella (or those desperate for anything even remotely sci-fi), it’s enough.

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The best performance in the film comes from Kirsten Dunst, who uses the leftover existential dread from her brilliant role in Melancholia to her advantage here in her portrayal of Regan, the closest thing the film has to a protagonist.

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‘Straw Dogs,’ out now on DVD and Blu-ray, is a remake of a controversial 1971 movie from Sam Peckinpah starring Dustin Hoffman. ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ is a new horror movie produced by Guillermo del Toro.

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