Report Card

Staff Critics' Takes On The Top Movies

April 09, 2009

Must-sees

Everlasting Memories: **** In 1907 Sweden, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen), a born photographer, has an abusive husband, seven children and a talent for seeing things whole.

Gomorrah: **** The crime syndicate Camorra has made a Gomorrah (as in Sodom and) out of Naples, Italy.

Adventureland: *** 1/2 In the summer of 1987, a college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) finds love with a sleek, smart young woman (Kristen Stewart) at a seedy Pittsburgh-area amusement park.

Sunshine Cleaning : *** A woman struggling to get over life's disappointments (Amy Adams) and her feckless sister (Emily Blunt) start a biohazard removal/crime scene cleanup service.

Worth a look

The Haunting in Connecticut : ** In 1987, the Campbell family moves into a house that had been a mortuary so that mother Sara (Virginia Madsen) and older son Matt (Kyle Gallner) can be closer to the hospital where he receives intense experimental care.

Knowing: ** Nicolas Cage plays an MIT professor who discerns a pattern of disasters in a coded letter from a time capsule and must strive to save his young son - and possibly the world.

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

We warned you ...

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.

Monsters Vs. Aliens : * 1/2 A group of Earth monsters - slapstick versions of the 50-Foot Woman, the Fly (here, "Dr. Cockroach"), the Blob, the Missing Link and Mothra (here, Insectosaurus) - battles the evil alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson).

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

Coming Friday

Dragonball: Evolution: (20th Century Fox) A young man must track down seven mystical treasures before an evil lord uses them to take over the world. Based on the popular Japanese cartoon.

Hannah Montana: The Movie: (Walt Disney Pictures) The pop star is torn between her jet-setting Hollywood scene and the slower pace of her hometown in Tennessee. With Miley Cyrus and Jason Earles.

Observe and Report : (Warner Bros.) A mall security guard hopes to advance his career and his love life by catching a serial flasher. With Seth Rogen and Anna Faris.

Shall We Kiss?: (Music Box Films) Two young lovers debate whether there's such a thing as a kiss without consequences. With Michael Cohen and Julie Gayet.

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