Reel Picks

Reel Picks

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Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)

Even with Bette Midler, Neal Patrick Harris, and Nick Nolte doing the voices of anthropomorphized pets, it’s a gimmicky, dog vs. cat version of James Bond that makes you want to trade your dog for a goldfish.

1 shell

Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13)

After an accident kills his brother Sam (Charlie Tahan), Charlie (Zac Efron) becomes a cemetery caretaker, and has nightly meetings with his deceased while he waits to find his higher purpose. With Ray Liotta, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger.

1.5 shells

Despicable Me (PG)

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

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13)

In a comedy that borders on mean-spirited, Tim (Paul Rudd) participates in what his boss thinks is a fun idea: Find a fool (Steve Carell), bring him to dinner so he can be humiliated, and whoever brings the biggest schmuck wins.

2 shells

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

Liz’s (Julia Roberts) perfect world crumbles after a tough divorce, and she embarks on an around the world quest for self-discovery. With Javier Bardem. Based on the best selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

3.5 shells

Inception (PG-13)

Complicated, sci-fi thriller. A corporate espionage team travels across multiple levels of dreamscape realities to steal ideas by entering a person’s brain during the dream state. With Leonardo DiCaprio.

2.5 shells

The Kids Are All Right (R)

Teenagers (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) find their biological father Paul (Mark Ruffalo) — the sperm donor used by lesbian couple Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), and everything gets scrambled in a thoughtful, reality-based way.

5 shells

The Other Guys (PG-13)

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as mismatched detectives who stumble on a major crime that lands them at the door of the precinct chief (Michael Keaton). With Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson.

2.5 shells

Ramona and Beezus (G)

A family film with a dose of economic reality. Financial setbacks create problems for Dad (John Corbett) and Mom (Bridget Moynahan) that affect everyone: mischief-prone Ramona (Joey King) and her perfect teenage sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez). Romantic subplots.

2.5 shells

Salt (PG-13)

Ruthless superspy Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), is tortured, shot, and leaps tall buildings, after she’s accused of being a Russian counterspy and assassin. Nonstop mayhem.

3 shells

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13)

When weird slacker musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls in love with punk heart-breaker Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he has to battle all her jealous ex-boyfriends. A lot of flash-dash and music, but just because someone’s a superhero doesn’t mean he’s likeable.

1.5 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.

5 shells