Reel Picks


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

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

It’s all Julia Roberts — in close ups. Privileged woman leaves perfect marriage and embarks on perfect world quest for self-discovery. With Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup. Based on best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

Still magical and eccentric, Nanny — again a perfect Emma Thompson —comes to a 1940s English farm to rescue a harried mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who’s trying to cope with the bickering between her three kids and their two rotten city-bred cousins. Loaded with charm, a solid cast (Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans), and fun.

4 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

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 an underdog superhero doesn’t mean he’s likeable.

1.5 shells

Vampires Suck (PG-13)

And so does this “Twilight” parody movie.

.5 shells