Favorite

Movie picks 

Films recommended by our reviewers are indicated by an *.

Alice in Wonderland (PG)

In Tim Burton's disappointing take on Lewis Carroll's classic, it's nice to meet actress Mia Wasikowska as an independent-minded teen Alice; less nice that the adventure involves donning armor, beheading a dragon, and drinking its blood. — Jonathan Kiefer

Picture Show

Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar is set in a computer-generated world called Pandora, a planet inhabited by the Na'vi, who are rich in a coveted resource ridiculously named Unobtainium. — Tricia Olszewski

Picture Show

*Babies (PG)

This documentary follows four babies on four different continents through their first year of life. Say what you will about the film, but you can't accuse it of false advertising. — Jonathan Kiefer

Kimball's Peak Three

The Back-up Plan (PG-13)

A single woman (Jennifer Lopez) who has given up on getting married, finally meets a man she thinks might be "the one" on the day of her artificial insemination. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

The Book of Eli (R)

Walker (Denzel Washington) wanders through a post-apocalyptic world holding the last known copy of the King James Bible. — Jonathan Kiefer

Picture Show

The Bounty Hunter (PG-13)

A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). — Not reviewed

Picture Show

*Date Night (PG-13)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey add flavor to this comedy about a couple trying to invigorate their marriage with a date night. — Scott Renshaw

Picture Show

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)

The things Jeff Kinney's cartoon-novel stick figures get away with in the books that inspired this film, suddenly seem heartless and cruel once actual flesh-and-blood kids do them. — MaryAnn Johanson

Picture Show

Flushed Away (PG)

Summer Movie Clubhouse: In this 2006 animated feature, a rat gets flushed down the toilet in his penthouse home, and ends up in the sewers of London. — Not reviewed

Tinseltown

*The Ghost Writer (PG-13)

Ominous intrigue ensues when a young writer (Ewan McGregor) steps in to finish the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan). However sick we are of seeing director Roman Polanski's name in headlines, it's clear the movies have missed him. — Jonathan Kiefer

Picture Show

*The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (NR)

Based on the novel by Scandinavian author Stieg Larsson, the film won Sweden's Oscar-equivalent for Best Picture. Noomi Rapace is unforgettable as Lisbeth, a 24-year-old Goth punk who's angry and antisocial, but also brilliant. — Tricia Olszewski

Kimball's Peak Three

Hot Tub Time Machine (R)

A group of friends who've become bored with their adult lives wake up, after a night of drinking, in a ski resort hot tub in the year 1986. — Not reviewed

Picture Show

*How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

Dragon opts for the most overused premise in kid-flickdom, that of a misfit later valued by those who mocked him. But, the film's flying sequences make the ticket price seem worthwhile. — Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15

*Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

With its wily script, the film is hearty and swiftly paced, but not helped by having so many characters. Still, Favreau and Co. have a knack for meeting superhero blockbuster expectations. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Letters to Juliet (PG)

When a young American travels to Italy, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who answer letters seeking romantic advice. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

The Losers (PG-13)

Members of a U.S. Special Forces team find themselves on a mission in the Bolivian jungle hunting down an enemy after a failed assassination attempt. — Not reviewed

Picture Show

Night at the Museum (PG)

Summer Kids' Series: In this 2006 film, a new security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers the exhibits come to life after hours. — Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)

Here we are, with a hairy, hunky Jake Gyllenhaal and a pretty, pouty Gemma Arterton, in an epic adventure about a dagger that is also a time machine. Sure, Prince of Persia is watchable, but only as a video game that's been rendered unplayable. — Jonathan Kiefer

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Robin Hood (PG-13)

Robin Hood was supposed to be awesome. Did not Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott implicitly promise me awesome with their Gladiator-in-Sherwood-Forest trailer? — MaryAnn Johnson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

Sex and the City 2 (R)

Director Michael Patrick King has taken an HBO series beloved by many for its glitzy escapism wrapped in semi-relatable romantic panic, and melted it down to scrap-metal shards of asexuality and life-threatening levels of cultural illiteracy. — Justin Strout

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Shrek Forever After (PG)

Many of us have suspected it all along, but it's official: The Shrek film series is actually a sitcom. For those who won't find a change of personality any great loss, however, it's a pleasant surprise. — Scott Renshaw

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Hollywood Interquest, Tinseltown

*Shutter Island (R)

Director Martin Scorsese seems to enjoy this suspense thriller as Gothic horror noir throwback. And, it lets him prove the reasons for his faith in Leonardo DiCaprio, who delivers as a U.S. Marshal pursuing a prison escapee. — Jonathan Kiefer

Picture Show

The Square (R)

Temptation turns a man's life upside down in this noir-influenced thriller from Australia. Married man Ray Yale experiences a torrid affair, a high-stakes theft, a burning house, and cold feet — among other activities. — Not reviewed

Kimball's Peak Three

Tooth Fairy (PG)

When a hockey player crushes a girl's belief in the tooth fairy, he must spend a week performing the fairy's duties. — Not reviewed

Picture Show

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

All content © Copyright 2017, The Colorado Springs Independent

Website powered by Foundation