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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens Friday

Film Shorts

OPENING: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) The year’s best movie title goes to this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, in which our nation’s 16th president (Benjamin Walker) is inspired to take up politics by his...

Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass ride in a vehicle that is not a time machine in "Safety Not Guaranteed."

Safety Not Guaranteed: Grand Plaza

Aubrey Plaza ponders time travel in this dazzling sci-fi comedy.
Every generation needs at least one sarcastic chick. We have Aubrey Plaza, whose bracing vitriol and crack comic timing have livened up films like Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and especially TV’s Parks and Rec...

Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise get their glam rock on in "Rock of Ages."

Rock of Ages: Playing Jaxx

Big stars sing glam rock hits in this intriguing failure of a musical.
When it debuted on Broadway in 2009, the stage musical Rock of Ages lured metalheads to the theater with a neatly bombastic package of nostalgia for 1980s hair metal music. Now the movie version hits screens peddling the same t...

Mohamed Fellag (standing) takes over this group of kids in Monsieur Lazhar.

Monsieur Lazhar: Bonjour, Classe

This Canadian school drama is smart but too well-behaved.
The French-Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this past year, and there were observers who tipped the movie to take home the statuette. It wound up losing to A Separation, ...


Reactor Reanimation

Chernobyl Diaries has a lot going for it ­— except the movie itself.
Chernobyl Diaries has all the makings of a great horror movie: a wholly original and sinister setting, engaging historical backstory, creepy Eastern European dudes everywhere, zombie-like beings lurking in the shadows, cleavage...

Chernobyl Diaries opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Chernobyl Diaries (R) Jesse McCartney stars in this horror film as one of six tourists who hire a local tour guide (Dmitri Diatchenko) to take them to a Ukrainian city abandoned after the nuclear plant’s meltdown. Al...

Bernie opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Bernie (PG-13) Based on a real-life murder case, Richard Linklater’s film stars Jack Black as a small-town Texas mortician who kills a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) for her money and then tries to keep up the pret...


Girl in Progress: All About My Mother

This Latin family saga wins a recommendation by default.
And still no one has discovered a reliable way to draw Latino audiences to movie theaters the way Tyler Perry has been able to draw African-American audiences. Maybe that’s a good thing; I’d rather have a few earnest dramas...


Oscar Worthy?

Disney’s latest nature doc, Chimpanzee is high on monkey business but short on appeal.
When two British vets of nature documentaries, one of whom was the executive producer on the landmark films The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, collaborate on a project, nature lovers are prone to salivate in anticipation like hy...

Bully opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Bully (PG-13) Re-rated after an exhaustive saga with the MPAA, Lee Hirsch’s documentary examines bullying in schools across America. (Opens Friday) Keyhole (R) The latest film by Canadian avant-garde filmmaker Guy Ma...