Reel Picks


Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)

Even with Bette Midler, Neal Patrick Harris, and Nick Nolte doing the voices of anthropomorphized pets, it’s a gimmicky, dog vs. cat version of James Bond that makes you want to trade in your dog for a goldfish.

1 shell

Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13)

After an accident kills his brother Sam (Charlie Tahan), the melancholy Charlie (Zac Efron) becomes a cemetery caretaker, and has nightly meetings with his deceased while he waits to find his higher purpose. With Ray Liotta, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger. Oy.

1.5 shells

Despicable Me (PG)

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

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13)

In a comedy that borders on mean-spirited, Tim (Paul Rudd) participates in what his boss thinks is a fun idea: Find a fool, bring him to dinner so he can be humiliated, and whoever brings the biggest schmuck wins. Tim finds Barry (Steve Carell) who insinuates himself into his life with disastrous results.

2 shells

Inception (PG-13)

Complicated, sci-fi thriller. A corporate espionage team travels across multiple levels of dreamscape realities to steal ideas by entering a person’s brain during the dream state. Leonardo DiCaprio as a master extractor.

2.5 shells

The Kids Are All Right (R)

Teenagers (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) find their biological father Paul (Mark Ruffalo) — the sperm donor used by lesbian couple Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) — and bring him into the family. Everything gets scrambled in an insightful, original, often funny way.

5 shells

The Other Guys (PG-13)

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as mismatched detectives who bumble, stumble on a major crime that lands them at the door of the precinct chief (Michael Keaton). With Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson.

2.5 shells

Ramona and Beezus (G)

A family film with a dose of economic reality. Financial setbacks create problems for Dad (John Corbett) and Mom (Bridget Moynahan) that affect everyone. Based on a series of juvenile novels by Beverly Cleary. Mischief-prone Ramona (Joey King) can’t compete with perfect teenage sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez). Romantic subplots.

2.5 shells.

Salt (PG-13)

Ruthless superspy Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), who is tortured, shot, and leaps tall buildings, is accused of being a Russian counterspy. Non-stop mayhem.

3 shells

Toy Story 3 (G)

Andy goes to college and Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang are sent to a romper room of slam and slash toddlers.

5 shells