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'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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