Reel Picks


Black Swan (R)

There’s innocence and madness as the dance-obsessed ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman), competes with Lily (Mila Kunis) for the lead role in “Swan Lake.” Nina succeeds, but at a cost to mind and body that borders on gothic as she strives for perfection. Barbara Hershey as her overly protective mother.

Country Strong (PG-13)

Gwyneth Paltrow as the alcoholic Nashville superstar in this melodramatic story of ruin and redemption. Tim McGraw as her manager husband, and Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester as rising country stars.

The Dilemma (PG-13)

Do you tell your best friend and business partner that his wife of 20 years is cheating on him? Nick (Kevin James) and his friend Ronny (Vince Vaughn) are having such a good-ole-boys time, it hardly seems to matter. With Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Queen Latifah.

The Fighter (R)

Welterweight Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) gripping, true-life story. The battles include town expectations, a troubled half-brother Dicky (Christian Bale), and a domineering mother (Melissa Leo).

The Green Hornet (PG-13)

Actor Seth Rogen co-wrote this cluttered story, creating a hero in his own klutzy screen image. As Britt Reid, he and Kato (Jay Chou) become a bungling crime-fighting duo battling for the attention of Lenore (Cameron Diaz) and against the villainous Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

The Great Caruso

MGM’s 1951 vehicle for its popular star tenor Mario Lanza. The loosely based story of opera-great Enrico Caruso. With Ann Blyth.

Gulliver’s Travels (PG)

Jack Black as Gulliver, the travel writer captured by the tiny Lilliputians, making him a giant among men. Predictable jokes and bawdy sight gags. A pompous general (Chris O’Dowd) is determined to bring an end to Gulliver. We wish him luck.

How to Train Your Dragon

An affectingly told fairy tale with a message about getting along despite differences. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), the son of a dragon slayer, and his puppy-like dragon have an uplifting affect.

The King’s Speech (R)

The struggle of King George VI (an absolutely brilliant Colin Firth), with his stammer and his speech therapist Lionel (Geoffrey Rush). Stellar cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, and Guy Pearce as his brother, King Edward VIII, whose abdication forced him to ascend the throne and offer a speech that inspired.

No Strings Attached (R)

Writer Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and doctor Emma (Natalie Portman) as long-time friends trying a no-commitment, no-emotion sexual relationship. With Kevin Kline.

Tangled (PG)

Held captive in a tower by the evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) uses her magical tresses to escape with a thief (Zachary Levi), and embark on adventure.

True Grit (PG-13)

The Coen brothers’ version of this classic western with Jeff Bridges as the drunken Rooster Cogburn, Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie, the scrappy girl out to get revenge on her father’s murderer. Matt Damon as the Texas Ranger, Josh Brolin, the bad guy.

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