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, and ultimately awkward about the dysfunctional Rizzos, an Italian-American family grappling with their discontents. Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Ezra Miller, and Garcia’s real-life daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido.

2.5 shells

Get Him to the Greek (R)

There’s something essentially honest about this very funny odd-couple comedy, with nervous record company rep (Jonah Hill) having to escort sex, drugs, rock and let-the-good-times-roll star (Russell Brand) from London to New York, to Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. One crazy, often gross, situation after another. Rose Byrne and Elisabeth Moss.

3.5 shells

Jonah Hex (PG-13)

With his disfigured face and bruised outlook, mythical bounty hunter Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) summons all his powers to hunt down his fiercest enemy, terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, with hell on his side, is ready for him. Also with Megan Fox.

2.5 shells

Killers (PG-13)

Jen (Katherine Heigl) meets Spencer (Ashton Kutcher) and happily settles into suburban life…until he becomes the target of work-related problems. Surprise, he’s a government-hired super assassin. Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara.

2 shells

Knight and Day (PG-13)

This action comedy has Cameron Diaz, as a who-me Midwesterner, inexorably tangled up in motorcycle chases, explosions, and daily escapes with a crazed international spy, played by Tom Cruise. It’s a who-do-you-trust game played by the beautiful people.

2.5 shells

Marmaduke (PG)

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

1.5 shells

Please Give (R)

The always grand Catherine Keener as Kate, a conflicted Manhattan wife, mother and partner with husband Alex (Oliver Platt), in their vintage furniture business. It’s privilege and guilt in equal parts as Kate interacts with panhandlers and a complex group of neighborhood characters. Rebecca Hall, Ann Guilbert, Amanda Peet, Sarah Steele.

3.5 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 — dealing with the trials of the privileged, gifted, and fair.

2 shells

Shrek Forever After (PG)

Shrek has an animated, 3-D midlife crisis, and like Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” we see things as they might have been if everyone’s favorite ogre never existed.

5 shells