Reel Picks


A Prophet (NR)

A young illiterate prisoner watches and learns as he climbs to the top of a Corsican prison gang in a French prison. Nominated for an Oscar as the best foreign language film and winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, this French film, with English subtitles, has won praise from critics around the globe.

4.5 shells

Date Night (PG-13)

A likable comedy by the director of Night at the Museum films, Shawn Levy, staring Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, and Tina Fey. A long-married couple from New Jersey experience a bizarre date night out. Entertaining.

2.5 shells

Death at a Funeral (R)

A so-so urban remake of the 2007 dark comedy. Produced by Chris Rock with Keith David, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Ron Glass, and a screenplay not up to actors’ abilities. A dysfunctional family turns a funeral into a fiasco.

2 shells

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG-13)

Author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s popular series is the basis for this affecting, relatable movie. Greg Heffley’s (Zachary Gordon) diary is filled with the details of a million little humiliations, many with or because of his chubby, endearing buddy, Rowley (Robert Capron). Makes you want to go out and hug a wimp.

3.5 shells

How To Train Your Dragon (PG)

This 3-D DreamWorks Animation is an affectingly told fairy tale with a message. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), the son of a dragon slayer, and his puppy-like fire-breathing dragon change how things are done.

4 shells

Kick-Ass (R)

An ordinary New York teenager decides to take his comic-book fascination to the streets in a wetsuit as a super hero who has no powers. He meets others like him, including a young girl who would be a terror on any playground, and they take their lumps as they fight crime. Starring Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz.

2.5 shells

The White Ribbon (R)

Director Michael Haneke (“CACHÉ”) earned the Palm d’Or at Cannes in 2009 for this dark drama set just before World War I. In a small German village, a number of unexplained accidents beset the haunting schoolchildren and their parents. Though they at first appear coincidental, it begins to seem that they are not, in fact, accidents at all.

3 shells