Box Office

July 31, 2009

G-Force

** ( 2 STARS)

$31.7

million

$31.1 million

1 week

Rated: PG

Running time: 89 minutes

What it's about: A group of guinea pigs (including Tracy Morgan's Blaster, above) are transformed into superspies.

Our take: Loud and crass, this PG animated action picture has the vibe of a typical R-rated Jerry Bruckheimer headbanger.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

*** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS)

$29.4

million

$ 221.2 million

2.5 weeks

Rated: PG

Running time: 153 minutes

What it's about: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, above) must persuade an eccentric potions professor to reveal one source of Voldemort's power.

Our take: As Harry enters the thick of adolescence, the filmmakers reward him with a movie that bubbles and pops with humor and feeling.

The Ugly Truth

* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)

$27.6

million

$27.6 million

1 week

Rated: R

Running time: 97 minutes

What it's about: Katherine Heigl (above) stars in a battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy in which extreme opposites eventually attract.

Our take: The film deals in extremes that are often offensive, occasionally funny but mostly just tired.

Orphan

* ( 1STAR)

$12.8

million

$12.8 million

1 week

Rated: R

Running time: 123 minutes

What it's about: Two troubled parents adopt an even more troubled girl (Isabelle Fuhrman, above).

Our take: Clocking in at more than two hours, it teeters between psychological horror and violent bloodletting and, as such, probably won't completely satisfy fans in either camp.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

** ( 2 STARS)

$8.4

million

$171.4 million

3.5 weeks

Rated: PG

Running time: 94 minutes

What it's about: The joys and panics of impending parenthood for woolly mammoths inspire Sid the sloth (above) to adopt three dinosaur babies.

Our take: Simon Pegg's weasel adds pizazz, but the regular characters are all used up, and the 3-D makes you feel as if you're caught between the strings of a ukulele.

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