Reel Picks

Reel Picks

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Drive Angry (R)

Crazy plot that never reaches fifth gear: Nicolas Cage teams with waitress (Amber Heard) on his way to rescue his granddaughter and avenge his daughter’s murderer — the leader of a satanic cult (Billy Burke). Lots of sex, booze, gun and fist fights, trash, and everything that adds to the 3-D effects — if you see it in 3-D. Otherwise, it’s a moving violation.

The Fighter (R)

Welterweight Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) true-life story of the triumph of the underdog. The battles are really with hometown expectations, a tragic half-brother Dicky (Oscar-winning Christian Bale), and a domineering mother (Oscar-winning Melissa Leo).

Gnomeo & Juliet (G)

A comical, animated take-off of Shakespeare’s most popular romance played by feuding families of garden gnomes, with Elton John songs, plastic pink flamingos, and lawnmower races adding to the challenges and the fun.

I Am Number Four (PG-13)

Action-packed interplanetary sci-fi thriller. The Mogadorians can kill Lorics in numerical order only. John, (Alex Pettyfer), aka Number Four, and his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), hide out in Paradise, Ohio. But it’s hard for the teenager to blend in while he’s developing his alien powers.

The King’s Speech (R)

Best picture Oscar-winner. The struggle of King George VI (an absolutely brilliant Oscar-winning 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 inspires.

Rango (PG)

A strange, wildly imaginative animated film with a cast of strange icky-looking characters and lots of inside movie humor. Rango (Johnny Depp) sheltered chameleon, whose purpose in life is to blend in, becomes sheriff of the lawless town of Dirt. Bring on the outrageous characters played by Stephen Root, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, a chorus of mariachi owls and bats with Gatling guns. Fun.

Unknown (PG-13)

Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife Liz (an ornamental January Jones) are in Berlin attending a biotechnology conference when a traffic accident leaves him comatose. When he recovers, his identity has been assumed by a convincing bogus (Aidan Quinn) and no one, including his wife, seems to recognize him. A slightly over-the-top intrigue with international assassins, explosions and only one ally for the real Martin — an intrepid cab driver named Gina (Diane Kruger). With Frank Langella.