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The guilt trip

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand
Directed by Anne Fletcher

“The Guilt Trip” is the kind of film you'd want to take your aunt to in order to make up for not calling her often enough during the year. Or anyone who enjoys predictable and fluff entertainment, for that matter. "Breezy," "cute," and "nice" apply, with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen doing their damndest best to make these qualifiers stick. The "Funny Girl" performer plays Joyce, a lonely ... more >

The Hobbit

Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen
Directed by Peter Jackson

So who’s ready for another nine plus hours of hobbits, dwarves, orcs, elves, and Gandalf? Honestly the way director Peter Jackson, taking his fourth trip to Middle Earth, has worked this first of “The Hobbit” trilogy; it will feel like it’s going by in a flash. I’m so impressed with what he’s done here; proving again that nobody could do a better job of bringing J.R.R Tolkien’s stories to the ... more >

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by David O. Russell

A romantic comedy may feel like a strange new direction for director David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter") but his adaptation of Matthew Quick’s namesake novel is a winner, serving up equal parts romance and uplifting drama. What of Bradley Cooper 2.0?  He plays a demanding role to perfection. His Pat Solatino, a bipolar Philadelphia man who spent eight months in a psych ward ... more >

Men in Black 3

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

“Men in Black 3” is a paycheck movie for everyone involved, except the audience, who again get another middling, phoned-in sequel looking to drain their wallets with its average 3-D-ness. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones again return as agents J and K, except Jones much more briefly. His Agent K has been extinguished, all part of a plan by alien baddie Boris the Animal (the always-funny Jemaine ... more >

ANNA KARENINA

Keira Knightley and Jude Law
Directed by Joe Wright

Keira Knightley and filmmaker Joe Wright ("Atonement") team up again to cover a celebrated work of European literature, this time focusing on forbidden love among the Russian aristocracy described by Tolstoy. The latter has directed a gorgeous-looking, if overindulgent, film, although nary a soul is to be found in it. Knightley, as the title character, wallows in her loveless marriage to ... more >

HITCHCOCK

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren
Directed by Sacha Gervasi

The principal pleasure of “Hitchcock”—which, in the end, is a film of decidedly few pleasures—comes from watching Anthony Hopkins’s transformation into the Master of Suspense. Hopkins may have worn a fat suit and prosthetics for the role, and he may not possess the disproportionately gaunt cheekbones and bulbous nose of the real Hitchcock (the star’s nose is so pointy here it almost upstages his ... more >

Life of PI

Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Ayush Tandon
Directed by Ang Lee

You know those shipwreck movies where the castaways end up on some island and they have to start from scratch finding food, shelter, and, let's say in the case of “Lord of the Flies,” figure out how to govern themselves? Well, “Life of Pi” makes those movies look like a vacation in Bora Bora. Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s best selling novel (M. Knight Shyamalan was, at one point, attached ... more >