Reel Picks


A-Team (PG-13)

It’s the 80s television show back to haunt us — quirky characters, slam-bam action, and absolutely no suspense. Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Liam Neeson.

2 shells

Cyrus (R)

Sweet schlub John (John C. Reilly) meets dream girl Molly, (Marisa Tomei), who has a rotten, clinging 21-year-old son, Cyrus (Jonah Hill), who is determined to wreck the relationship. Funny yet well-measured.

3.5 shells

Despicable Me (PG)

The loveable, terrible animated exploits of a nasty but redeemable curmudgeon who adopts a tiny trio of orphaned sisters to further his plot to steal the moon.

4.5 shells

Get Him to the Greek (R)

A nervous record company rep (Jonah Hill) escorts rock and let-the-good-times-roll star (Russell Brand) from London to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Gross and funny.

3 shells

Grown Ups (PG-13)

A reunion for a weekend of silly. In their usual paint-by-number roles: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Chris Rock.

2 shells

Inception (PG-13)

Complicated, exhausting sci-fi thriller. A corporate espionage team of extractors travels across multiple levels of dreamscape realities to steal ideas by entering a person’s brain during the dream state. Got that? Leonardo DiCaprio plays a master extractor.

2.5 shells

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R)

Documentary of what it’s like to be a driven and indomitable 75-year-old comedian with 50 years in the business, and still willing to do anything and go anywhere.

4.5 shells

Karate Kid (PG)

Heart, humor, and the 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 gets bullied and learns kung fu.

3.5 shells

Knight and Day (PG-13)

Action comedy with Cameron Diaz, as a who-me Midwesterner tangled up with an apparently crazed international spy, played by Tom Cruise. It’s who-do-you-trust played by the beautiful people.

2.5 shells

The Last Airbender (PG)

A combination of Asian mythology and martial arts. Human “benders” of the four basic elements, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, wage a century-long war until one Avatar learns he has the potential power to restore peace.

4 shells

Toy Story 3 (G)

Andy goes to college, and Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are sent to a romper room of slam-and-slash toddlers. The great culmination to this amazing series of films.

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.

2.5 shells