Report Card

Staff Critics' Takes On The Top Movies

April 16, 2009

Must-sees

Shall We Kiss?: *** A Parisian fabric designer meets an affable stranger, with whom she hits it off so well that it seems natural for him to offer a farewell kiss. She says there's no such thing as a kiss without consequences and proceeds to tell a story to prove her point.

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

Fast & Furious : ** 1/2 Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise.

Hannah Montana: The Movie: ** The dual-identity pop star tires of her double life and decides to do something about it.

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 ...

Observe and Report : * This static one-ring circus revolves around Seth Rogen, as a mall security chief who's searching for a serial flasher in a case that he hopes will make his career in law enforcement.

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).

Coming Friday

17 Again : (New Line Cinema) A disillusioned 30-something gets more than he bargained for when he wishes he were 17 again. With Zac Efron and Matthew Perry.

Crank: High Voltage : (Lionsgate) A hitman without a heart (literally) must keep his battery-powered ticker charged as he races to recover his real heart. With Jason Statham and Amy Smart.

Sin Nombre: (Focus Feature) Teenagers band together on a Mexican train with the goal of starting a new life in the United States. With Paulina Gaitan and Edgar Flores.

State of Play: (Universal Pictures) A detective investigates the murder of a congressman's mistress with the help of investigative reporters. With Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams.

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