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Quick Flicks including ‘The Rite’

“My one request was play this priest as real human being” says Anthony Hopkins his role 'The Rite.' “He is

“My one request was to play this priest as a real human being,” says Anthony Hopkins of his role in "The Rite." “He is always searching for the truth.” | Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

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Updated: March 25, 2011 4:28PM



Wondering whether to see a movie?

Then check out what film critics have to say about some of the box office’s top flicks.

‘THE RITE’

★★½

Anthony Hopkins classes up “The Rite,” as you can imagine he would most every situation. But even his otherworldly powers can only make this overly familiar demonic possession thriller engaging for so long. (Rated PG-13)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘NO STRINGS ATTACHED’

★★

With a film that has Ivan Reitman as director and a cast with Kevin Kline and Natalie Portman, chances are better than average it will be a decent film. So I am baffled why they didn’t push harder to make this romantic comedy more unique. (Rated R)

Michael Drakulich

‘THE MECHANIC’

★★½

I wasn’t annoyed with this remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson. Much of that has to do with Jason Statham himself. He’s quiet and subtle without being boring. And when the action ratchets up, well, that’s his forte. (Rated R)

Michael Drakulich

‘THE GREEN HORNET’

★½

Director Michel Gondry is known for telling imaginative stories with inspired visuals. Here, he has come up with a surprisingly generic, bombastic action movie starring Seth Rogen. Except for a few sequences with a bit of Gondry’s flair, this could have been made by anyone. (Rated PG-13)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘THE KING’S SPEECH’

★★★★

As good a story as this is, it goes nowhere without someone to play George VI convincingly. I suspect Colin Firth, who plays King George with such skill, will win a slew of awards and is already the likely choice for best actor. It would be well-deserved. (Rated R)

Michael Drakulich

‘TRUE GRIT’

★★½

I suspect there will be a division among the original “True Grit” fans who are curious enough to buy a ticket for the Coen brothers’ take with Jeff Bridges. Some will like this new version for its harder edge. Some will never be convinced there is another Rooster Cogburn other than the Duke, John Wayne. (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘THE DILEMMA’

★½

This Chicago-shot film, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, becomes a dark comedy but leaves out most of the comedy. As if that weren’t dreadful enough, director Ron Howard introduces nonsensical story elements out of the blue. (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘BLACK SWAN’

★★★½

Natalie Portman leads the cast of this drama, which is at once gorgeous and gloriously nutso — a trippy, twisted fantasy that delights and disturbs in equal measure. There are plenty of intimate, behind-the-scenes moments as well. (R)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘THE FIGHTER’

★★★

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale star in this punch-drunk tale. The fitful ramble from Jerry Springer-style family seaminess to “Rocky”-like triumph is elevated enormously by knockout performances. (Rated R)

David Germain, AP

‘YOGI BEAR’

★★

The title character always had an intelligence that surpassed that of your typical clawed Mammalia. He finally got his own movie — in 3-D, no less — so it comes with little surprise but still some disappointment that “Yogi Bear” is a bland pic-a-nic, indeed. (Rated PG)

Jake Coyle, AP

‘127 HOURS’

★★★½

A one-man James Franco show, “127 Hours” features the photogenic actor giving a tour-de-force performance in a movie based on a true story. He’s essentially on screen by himself the entire time. (Rated R)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘TRON: LEGACY’

★★½

If you can suspend your logic and perhaps your morality to a certain extent, then perhaps you can enjoy this fantasy more. Jeff Bridges reprises his roles as Kevin Flynn and Clu for this sequel. (Rated PG)

Michael Drakulich

‘TANGLED’

★★½

If producers were aiming to set this flick apart from run-of-the-mill animated features, they couldn’t because “Tangled” lacked a certain punch and energy. The movie is fun but not the kind of film you will remember after long. (PG)

Michael Drakulich

‘LITTLE FOCKERS’

★½

You’ll have to grit your teeth through the fairly short though agonizing duration of the latest in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy franchise. (Rated PG-13)

David Germain, AP

‘BLUE VALENTINE’

★★★½

This Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling marital drama is agonizing to watch yet relentlessly compelling, even illuminating. It plays almost like a sober documentary rather than a narrative film. Though fictional, “Blue Valentine” is a document of sorts, a chronicle of a crumbling marriage. (R)

David Germain, AP

‘COUNTRY STRONG’

★★★½

In telling the story of a self-destructive singing superstar, “Country Strong” hints at the possibility of delivering a moving experience. But ultimately the film with Gwyneth Paltrow is too meandering and uneven to ever truly tug at your heart. (Rated PG-13)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘SEASON OF THE WITCH’

★½

It’s confusing enough to understand why Nicolas Cage was chosen for this flick. He clearly didn’t fit. But making matters a little worse is why he accepted the role of a Christian fighter. How could he have looked at this script and thought it could have been remotely competent? (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER’

★★

The latest film in this franchise comes closest to the spirit of the original, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which is arguably the most fun of C.S. Lewis’ seven Narnia tales. (Rated PG)

Jake Coyle, AP

‘THE SOCIAL NETWORK’

★★★

This smart, well-written script about the rise of Facebook is powerful at times and very smart. A little tweaking of the main character’s performance and it could become one of those stories you can embrace and not just respect. (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘GULLIVER’S TRAVELS’

★★½

The really annoying thing about Jack Black’s “Gulliver’s Travels” is not so much that it’s a bad movie — it is bad, but only run-of-the-mill bad, not epic-misfire bad. The movie sullies a piece of literature that has endured for nearly 300 years for the sake of a cheap kiddie flick that’ll be forgotten in a month. (Rated PG)

David Germain, AP

‘MEGAMIND’

★★½

The action comedy from DreamWorks Animation features dazzling computer-animated design and action. Yet, despite a clever hook — what’s a villain to do when he manages to defeat his superhero nemesis — it’s a thin story that feels familiar. (Rated PG)

David Germain, AP

‘RABBIT HOLE’

★★★

This drama is suffocatingly sad, as you can imagine any film would be that deals with the death of a young child. The challenge is to find a way to get people to want to see it, and then want to sit through it, without being filled with abject dread. (Rated PG-13)

Christy Lemire, AP

‘UNSTOPPABLE’

★★★

Director Tony Scott takes a classic mentor-pupil story, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, and makes an ordinary thriller about a runaway train into more than it would be at the hands of less-skilled directors. (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘RED’

★★

Once you get past the oddity of a woman as glamorous as Helen Mirren firing hundreds of rounds from a .50-caliber tripod-mounted machine gun that probably should be mounted on the side of a Black Hawk helicopter, there isn’t much else to get excited about. (Rated PG-13)

Michael Drakulich

‘FAIR GAME’

★★★

This drama takes place just a few years ago, but it feels like a throwback to the political thrillers of the 1970s. The film is globe-trotting and intelligent, serious and substantial, deliberately paced yet filled with mounting suspense. (Rated PG-13)

Christy Lemire, AP



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