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Diaz, Marsden bore in Kelly's dull 'Box'

The premise of The Box: What if you are presented with a box that has a button on top that, when pushed, will do two things: cause a person you don't know to die and give you $1,000,000 in cash. Great premise, but The Box has a very basic flaw: it's excruciatingly boring.

'Men Who Stare at Goats' fast-paced fun

Truth is stranger than fiction, and The Men Who Stare at Goats is no exception, mixing a nearly unbelievable dose of fact with crafty fiction for a delightfully fun and fast-paced comedy.

'This Is It' is what it is

The newly released concert film, This Is It, displays Michael Jackson's outstanding showmanship just so. It doesn't delve into his troubled persona, rather presenting him as seen on stage - a perspective from which it's vividly clear that Jackson's reputation as a brilliant entertainer is duly deserved.

'Paranormal Activity' creepy, but not so scary

Put "low budget" and "horror movie" together, chances are you'll have a laugh, maybe an "Ewww," and most certainly an "Oh, come on." Paranormal Activity has all of the above, but is an ambitious step toward breaking that mold, proving that decent writing is far more effective than buckets of gore, computer-generated monsters and Sorority Row.

'Law Abiding Citizen' disappoints

There's a lot I wanted to like in Law Abiding Citizen, a well-made film with several excellent scenes, but the film's just too flip-floppy. It's a film with two personalities - one is a daring tale of blurred morality, the other a dead-fish action film full of cliches and by-the-books "suspense."

'Wild Things' delights

First, a warning: this is not a children's movie.

Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, a 101-minute adaptation of Maurice Sendek's 1963 classic, is simply a film told from the viewpoint of a very confused child. Much like Elliott from E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Wild Things' Max has probably seen more of his fair share of sadness and rejection in life - he's lonely, and he's got some anger in him, too.

Retreat from 'Couples Retreat'

So-called rom-com possibly worst of 2009

If you haven't long to live, see Couples Retreat. It makes 107 minutes seem like an eternity.
But the atrocious new romantic comedy that is neither romantic nor a comedy managed to date-night its way to No. 1 at this weekend's box office, toppling Zombieland, which, for a film about flesh-eating undead monsters, has considerably more life.

'The Invention of Lying' truly funny

Whenever stuck in the conversational doldrums, I'll bait someone to say something like, "I want the truth," so I can indulge myself in repeating one of Jack Nicholson's most memorable lines, "You can't handle the truth!"

General results are frustration, amusement and scorn. But the quotation is not without philosophical merit, questioning how people handle truth and, more specifically, if they even wish to do so.

The brilliant new comedy The Invention of Lying tackles this question and others, delivering a fresh concept with expert timing for one of the most original - and funny - films of the year.


'Zombieland' a fun ride

Zombieland is a breath of fresh air in the genre, an entertaining adventure comedy with thrills and big laughs. It helped that it doesn't play like a zombie film, which usually deals with groups of healthy humans trying to save civilization from the man-eating monsters.

'Surrogates' high on concept, low on substance

A somewhat consistent theme in most Bruce Willis movies is that our hero wakes up with a hangover, headache or both. The sci-fi thriller Surrogates follows this formula and a handful of cliched others, sacrificing depth for flash, and in less than 90 minutes.

Scares flow in 'Pandorum'

Space has always been a great setting for horror films, mainly because we know so little about it. Anything is plausible when people leave earth because we can't logic our way out of it - we know that shooting Michael Myers in the head would kill him, but we don't know that there aren't unimaginable horrors waiting for us somewhere in the stars.
Pandorum plays on these ideas, but it's so much more than just another horror set aboard a dark and dreary spaceship. It starts with two confused characters that have no clue as to what is going on and slowly reveals the truth - keeping the viewer out of the loop until the characters find out. It flows perfectly, looks great and is downright scary throughout - horror films this good are few and far between.

'Jennifer' is all bark and no bite

Jennifer's Body is a mess from beginning to end, killed by a lack of character and an uncertainty about what it is. Is it a horror? Is it a comedy? I'm not sure that either writer Diablo Cody or director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux) know for sure, and the result is a film that isn't scary or funny.

'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' a tasty family comedy

Let's face it, what kid hasn't dreamt of a giant pancake crushing his school?
All right, maybe not so many, but kids aplenty and their parents should find a tasty treat in the computer-animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Matt Damon is 'The Informant!'

Presented in a quirky comic manner, The Informant! is a bizarre mixture of comedy, drama and corporate satire, working on most levels, but bolstered by its lead's outstanding performance.

'Sorority Row' flunks

Slasher flick pledges nothing new

Put simply, Sorority Row fails.

Filled to its frothy brim with loathsome characters, gaping plot holes and popped collars, this remake of1983's The House on Sorority Row brings nothing new to its genre. It somehow even manages to detract.

That genre is "slasher film," begging the question, "What else can be done?" Rather than wager a creative answer, Sorority Row copies the passed tests of its predecessors, embellishing the tired material with a slick presentation and botched attempts at thrills and laughs.

'Whiteout' not so bright

Antarctic thriller offers mediocre suspense

With the Kate Beckinsale thriller Whiteout, I was afforded a rare movie-going experience. Having not evenseen a trailer, I entered the cinema knowing only what I'd seen on the poster - that the film featured Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, The Aviator) and snow.

True to its word, there's an abundance of both, along with a somewhat predictable, but still suspenseful, murder mystery. Throw in some forensic gross-out scenes right out of TV's CSI, a gratuitous but not-so-revealing Beckinsale shower scene, and you've got a thriller that plays like a network crime drama. And without Richard Belzer.

Rodriguez lets imagination run wild in bizarre 'Shorts'

Whether or not you like Shorts, a film many will love and many will hate, it's impossible not to smile as you watch writer/director Robert Rodriguez's imagination run wild and free. Whether directing more mature films (Sin City, Desperado) or family films (the Spy Kids trilogy), you never quite know what he's going to do next - or where the next scene will take you.

I'm not sure whether or not Shorts will work for most audiences, to be honest, but I still had a great time. The title refers to the style in which the story is told - there film has five chapters that are show in a jumbled order, much like the style of Rodriguez's friend and frequent collaborator, Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill). It begins with an epic staring contest in "Episode Zero" and then jumps from story to story, each centering on a particular character's adventures with a magical, rainbow-colored wishing rock that falls from the sky.

'Inglourious Basterds' gloriously fun

Inglourious Basterds is a bloody good time.

Director Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) has gleefully crafted another love letter to cinema, weaving together his favorite genres with ferocious finesse and gruesome grace.

This time, it's set in World War II, but is, by no means, a reverent war movie. Far from it. It's a revenge film, a lion in wolf's clothing, sly and majestically fierce. And it's a funny film, but not in the Kelly's Heroes sense. Inglourious Basterds is delightfully dark, written by a man who brushes history to the side for the sake of his narrative, a character piece that relies as heavily on dialogue as it does on action.

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