Reel Picks


Despicable Me (PG)

The loveable, terrible, animated exploits of a nasty but redeemable curmudgeon who adopts a tiny trio of orphaned sisters to further his plot to steal the moon.

4.5 shells

Get Him to the Greek (R)

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

3 shells

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (R)

Based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling bloody thriller, it is a violent, brutally sadistic murder mystery fashioned by renown Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev. A gothic hacker, Lisbeth, comes up with the key to help a failed but determined journalist, Mikael, solve an old missing person mystery, only to uncover a series of murdered women. Tough stuff.

3 shells

Grown Ups (PG-13)

There’s lots of natural chemistry, but not enough to forgive all the silliness when a former basketball team reunites for a weekend after their old coach dies. In their usual paint-by-number roles: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Chris Rock.

2 shells

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.

4 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 (seemingly) crazed international spy, played by Tom Cruise. It’s a who-do-you-trust game played by the beautiful people.

2.5 shells

The Last Airbender (PG)

M. Night Shyamalan’s treatment of the Nickelodeon hit, combines Asian mythology and martial arts combat. Human “benders” of the four basic elements — Earth, Water, Fire, and Air — wage a century-long war until one Avatar learns he has the potential power to restore peace. Composer James Newton Howard makes the score a central element along with dazzling CGI effects.

4 shells

Toy Story 3 (G)

Leave it to the brilliant Pixar team to reach a new level of invention, make believe, and even suspense as Andy goes to college and Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are sent to a romper room of slam and slash toddlers.

5 shells

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)

They’re all back, and the choices are romance or friendship, vampire or werewolf, acceptance or revenge, life or death. Whoa, heavy stuff.

2.5 shells