Reel Picks


A-Team (PG-13)

It’s the 80s television show back to haunt us – all the quirky characters, schtick, slam-bam action, and absolutely no suspense as the Special Forces group proves they were framed in Iraq. Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Liam Neeson.

2 shells

Get Him to the Greek (R)

There’s something essentially honest about this very funny odd-couple comedy, with nervous record company rep (Jonah Hill) having to escort sex, drugs, rock and let-the-good-times-roll star (Russell Brand) from London to New York to Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. One crazy, often gross, situation after another. Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Moss.

3 shells

Grown Ups (PG-13)

There’s lots of natural chemistry, but not enough to forgive all the silliness when a former basketball team reunites for a weekend after their old coach dies. In their usual paint-by-number roles: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Chris Rock.

2 shells

Karate Kid (PG)

It’s the fourth incarnation, and it’s still got heart, humor, beautiful vistas of China, and triumph of the underdog. Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi, and an irresistible Jaden Smith (son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith), as the kid who moves from Detroit to Beijing, deal with bullies, and learns the art of kung fu.

3.5 shells

Knight and Day (PG-13)

This action comedy has Cameron Diaz, as a who-me Midwesterner, inexorably tangled up in motorcycle chases, explosions and daily escapes with a crazed international spy, played by Tom Cruise. It’s a who-do-you-trust game played by the beautiful people.

2.5 shells

The Last Airbender (PG)

M. Night Shyamalan’s treatment of the Nickelodeon hit combines Asian mythology and martial arts combat. Human “benders” of the four basic elements — Earth, Water, Fire, and Air — wage a century-long war until a new Avatar learns he has the potential power to restore peace. Composer James Newton Howard makes the score a central element.

4 shells

Toy Story 3 (G)

Leave it to the brilliant Pixar team to reach a new level of invention, make believe, and even suspense, as Andy goes to college and Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are sent to a romper room of slam and slash toddlers from which they simply must escape.

5 shells

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)

They’re all back, and the choices are romance or friendship, vampire or werewolf, acceptance or revenge, life or death. Whoa, heavy stuff.

2.5 shells