Iron Man 2 (PG-13)
High energy, high-tech sequel to the first blockbuster has billionaire inventor (Robert Downey Jr.) being pressured to share his technology with the military and fight off a powerful assassin. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and a wonderfully evil Mickey Rourke.
Seems like this has been done before: Jen (Katherine Heigl) meets Spencer (Ashton Kutcher), her dashing Mr. Right, and they settle into the suburbs, happy until he becomes the target of work-related problems. Surprise, he’s a government-hired super assassin. Heavy doses of comic cute. With Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara.
Letters to Juliet (PG)
While her finance (Gael Garcia Bernal) ignores her on their Tuscan holiday, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50-year-old love letter Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) wrote and with help from Claire’s grandson (Christopher Egan), sets out to find her lost love (Franco Nero). Main ingredient — schmaltz.
It’s 200 Great Dane pounds of commotion as the talking Marmaduke (Owen Wilson) adjusts to the family move. With George Lopez, Keifer Sutherland, Marlan and Damon Wayans, and Sam Elliott.
1 1/2 shells
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)
Based on a videogame, this Jerry Bruckheimer (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) film has a brawny Jake Gyllenhaal playing a prince trying to prove himself innocent of killing the king. Even with a magic dagger that reverses time, a city under siege, and the talents of Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, it still feels yawn-stretch formulaic.
Robin Hood (PG-13)
Ridley Scott’s too-serious take on 12th Century history and politics in the grim, humorless prequel version of Robin Hood (Russell Crowe). Cate Blanchett as the feisty feminist Lady Marion. More intellectualizing than swashbuckling.
2 ½; shells
Sex and The City 2 (R)
Sex, flash, fashion in Abu Dhabi. Poor women — married Carrie, mother Charlotte, career-driven Miranda, and menopausal Samantha — all dealing with the trials of the privileged, gifted, and fair.
Shrek Forever After (PG)
Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) has an animated, 3-D midlife crisis. He’s become more friendly than fierce, and domestic life is mundane. Borrowing from Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” we see things as they might have been if everyone’s favorite ogre never existed. Fun, funny and touching.