Reel Picks


A-Team (PG-13)

It’s the 80s television show back to haunt us — all the quirky characters, schtick, slam-bam action, and absolutely no suspense as the Special Forces group proves they were framed in Iraq. Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Liam Neeson.

2 shells

City Island (PG-13)

There’s something sweet, warm, funny, sad, and ultimately awkward about the complicated, dysfunctional Rizzos, an Italian-American family grappling with their discontents. Andy Garcia, Julianna Marguiles, Ezra Miller, and Garcia’s real-life daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido.

2.5 shells

Iron Man 2 (PG-13)

High energy sequel to has billionaire inventor (Robert Downey Jr.) being pressured to share his technology with the military and resist assassination by a powerful villain. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Mickey Rourke.

4 shells

Killers (PG-13)

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. Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara.

2 shells

Letters to Juliet (PG)

While her finance (Gael Garcia Bernal) ignores her on their Tuscan holiday, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) decides to help Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) find her lost love. Main ingredient — schmaltz.

1 shell

Marmaduke (PG)

It’s 200 Great Dane pounds of commotion as the talking Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) adjusts to the family move. With George Lopez, Keifer Sutherland, and Damon Wayans.

1.5 shells

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13)

A brawny Jake Gyllenhaal plays 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 Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, it still feels been-there, done-that.

2 shells

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.

2.5 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.

2 shells

Shrek Forever After (PG)

Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) has an animated, 3-D midlife crisis. Domestic life is mundane, and like Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” we see things as they might have been if everyone’s favorite ogre never existed. Funny and touching.

5 shells