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How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman who has it all.
STEVE STEWARD
In our post-Oprah era, the overachieving mother who balances a high-profile job with keeping a perfect house and happy marriage should make for a fairly interesting film, one in which the compulsions to get everything 100 perce...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Bellflower (R) Evan Glodell writes, directs, and stars in this micro-budget action film as a young man with apocalyptic fantasies who goes off the deep end after his girlfriend (Jessie Wiseman) ends their affair. Also ...



They Call Me Warrior

This effective generic drama uses MMA as a hook.
KRISTIAN LIN
The powers that be are marketing Warrior as a mixed-martial arts movie, but it’s not really about MMA any more than The Social Network was about Facebook. It’s really a story of two brothers from working-class Pennsylvania ...


Apollo 18: Stuck in Orbit

This “found-footage” fright about a secret NASA mission comes close to frightening but doesn’t land.
COLE WILLIAMS
The “found-footage” subgenre of horror movies is pretty hit and miss. For every The Last Exorcism, there’s a Diary of the Dead (sorry, Romero fans). Still, the conceit can provide an interesting setup for a well-made movi...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Apollo 18 (PG-13) Gonzalo López-Gallego’s vérité horror movie is about two NASA astronauts whose moon mission in the 1970s comes to a bad end. (Opens Friday)


The Debt Doesn’t Pay

Though thrilling in spots, this spy caper doesn’t have enough action.
STEVE STEWARD
When it comes to spy agencies, Americans are typically familiar with four: the CIA, the old KGB, Britain’s Ml6, and Israel’s Mossad. This last is known for general badassery, a reputation built on shrewd intelligence and sw...



A Lame Old Fashioned Orgy

Though occasionally funny, this sexually preoccupied comedy fails to deliver.
STEVE STEWARD
Aiming for the sort of hi-larious raunch that appeals to people who grew up on a diet of Porky’s, Meatballs, and the scattered, precious moments of unscrambled Playboy Channel, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy engages in some middli...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Colombiana (PG-13) Zoë Saldana stars as an assassin determined to take revenge on the drug dealers who murdered her parents. Also with Michael Vartan, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, and Max Martini. (Opens F...



When Fairy Met Sally: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Even with Guillermo del Toro, this horror remake falls flat.
KRISTIAN LIN
When Guillermo del Toro pronounces an old movie as the scariest thing he’s ever seen and announces plans to remake it, you sit up and take notice. You do it even if, like me, you can’t find the original 1973 TV movie that h...


Is The Caller There?

No, but she leaves an odd message before going off the rails.
KRISTIAN LIN
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark isn’t the only film this week dealing with paranormal entities in an enclosed space. The unheralded thriller The Caller stars Rachelle Lefevre as Mary, a woman who has moved into an apartment in ...