Report Card

Staff Critics' Takes On The Top Movies

March 19, 2009

Must-sees

Race to Witch Mountain: *** A nonstop sci-fi chase involves child aliens (AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig) who bring out the combat skills and fatherly virtues of a good-hearted Las Vegas cabbie with useful auto-racing experience (Dwayne Johnson). To ensure the survival of Earth as we know it, this unlikely trio must outmaneuver some grim avengers.

Two Lovers: *** 1/2 Joaquin Phoenix, Vinessa Shaw and Gwyneth Paltrow throw their bodies and souls into a love triangle that takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Slavic-Jewish community of Brighton Beach.

Worth a look

He's Just Not That Into You: ** 1/2 Nine young, excessively attractive Baltimoreans (including Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore) struggle to understand dating, relationships and their significant others.

The International: ** 1/2 An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) and a Manhattan assistant district attorney (Naomi Watts) investigate an underhanded international bank.

Medicine for Melancholy : ** A one-night stand turns into a day freighted with political significance as well as sexual chemistry for Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Joanne (Tracey Heggins).

We warned you ...

Confessions of a Shopaholic: * 1/2 A Manhattanite (Isla Fisher) addicted to shopping becomes a hit as an Everywoman columnist for a financial magazine.

Last House on the Left : Zero stars

A mother and father come face to face with the brutes who assaulted, raped and shot their daughter and killed her best friend.

Watchmen : * 1/2 A disbanded superhero team regroups when someone seems to be killing them off in an adaptation that's 90 percent true to the graphic novel and 100 percent lacking in originality or vitality.

Coming tomorrow

Duplicity : (Universal Pictures) A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job. With Clive Owen and Julia Roberts.

I Love You, Man: (Paramount/Dreamworks) A friendless groom-to-be goes on a series of man-dates to find a best man for his wedding, but his new best bud may ruin the big day. With Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

Knowing: (Summit Entertainment) A teacher unearths a time capsule that contains predictions of horrific disasters, and some of them have already happened. With Nicolas Cage and Chandler Canterbury.

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