Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

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Certificate R 85 min – Horror

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Directors: Henry Joost | Ariel Schulman

Stars: Katie Featherston

The Buzz: I love the overt nods to Poltergeist, and the effects and stuntwork are jarring enough to keep me interested in how this story begins. Here’s hoping part three brings this saga — and the found footage genre — to an end. And if not, then I vote for Katie vs. Jigsaw next. Interesting how directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have quietly handled the project after their Catfish stunt backfired.

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The Three Musketeers (2011)

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Certificate PG-13 110 min – Action | Adventure | Romance

Metascore: 44/100 (4 reviews)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The Buzz: A tip of the cavalier hat to Paul W.S. Anderson and Summit Entertainment for getting this project into action before Doug Liman and Warner Bros. — Liman left the WB project in the summer of 2010 to focus his efforts elsewhere. Totally love this cast for many reasons: Anderson and Milla Jovovich are our favorite husband/wife duo next to Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci; Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen are the kind of import attractions that Hollywood desperately needs; this will test Logan Lerman’s mettle as a young leading man — especially in the action/adventure genre. For industry watchers, this is a litmus test for Summit’s soon-to-be-post-Twilight sticking power.

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Johnny English Reborn (2011)

johnnyEnglishtabCertificate PG 101 min – Adventure | Comedy | Thriller

Director: Oliver Parker

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

The Buzz: Johnny English adjusts bad behavior, his movies make a lot of money in Europe (not so much in the U.S.), and he makes sequels years after his first outing. In other words: he is the male Nanny McPhee.

 

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Real Steel (2011)

realSteeltabCertificate PG-13 127 min – Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Director: Shawn Levy

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly

Box Office: Weekend: $16.3M, Gross: $51.7M

7.6/10

Metascore: 56/100 (34 reviews)

Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise tothe top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.

 

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The Thing (2011)

theThingtabCertificate R 103 min – Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

6.7/10

Metascore: 49/100 (31 reviews)

At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

 

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The Lion King (1994)

thelionkingtabCertificate G 89 min – Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Family | Musical

Directors: Roger Allers | Rob Minkoff

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

8.3/10

Metascore: 83/100 (14 reviews)

Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

 

 

 

 

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) – [limited]

marthatabCertificate R 120 min – Drama | Thriller

Director: Sean Durkin

Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes

Metascore: 74/100 (10 reviews)

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

The Buzz: Elizabeth Olsen (yep, Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sis) was the breakout star of Sundance 2011, but we’ll see if this coal-black drama translates with the mainstream. Aiding her transition is the always-welcome John Hawkes — no stranger to bleak Sundance breakouts.

 

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011) – [limited]

80 min – Documentary

Directors: Constance Marks | Philip Shane

Metascore: 61/100 (6 reviews)

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash.

The Buzz: Undoubtedly sunny, a lack of depth and exploration of Kevin Clash’s art make this the feel-good documentary of the year that could have been Spellbound-level essential if the filmmakers scratched under Elmo’s fur for some true substance.

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Margin Call (2011) – [limited]

Certificate R 105 min – Thriller

Director: J.C. Chandor

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey

Metascore: 65/100 (6 reviews)

A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

The Buzz: Our original grade for this film was AAA, but it was downgraded due to fictionalized fiscal crisis burnout. Just kidding. Everyone is on their game for J.C. Chandor’s debut, which offers up predictable, clunky, metaphor-laden dialogue but plays out like non-fiction with an ace ensemble cast.

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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) – [limited]

Certificate PG-13 Documentary

Director: Chris Paine

Metascore: 61/100 (6 reviews)

Looks at the resurgence of interest in electric vehicles.

The Buzz: Behind the scenes here lurks indie film mastermind Richard Abramowitz, who helped turn Anvil! The Story of Anvil and Exit Through the Gift Shop into breakout hits. Frankly, we’re interested in why director Chris Paine cannot legally call this a proper follow-up to his Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Le Havre (2011) – [limited]

103 min – Comedy | Drama

Director: Aki Kaurismäki

Metascore: 78/100 (5 reviews)

A story about a shoe shiner who tries to save a refugee.

The Buzz: The latest from Aki Kaurismäki (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) has been lauded for its minimalist structure and the fact that it is essentially a children’s film – the most optimistic immigration tale in some time.

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Norman (2010) – [limited]

97 min – Comedy | Drama

Director: Jonathan Segal

A troubled high-school kid pretending to be dying of cancer confronts problems with his new girlfriend and terminally ill father as he struggles with his

daily existence.

The Buzz: The dynamic between Andrew Bird (remember him from Easy A?) and Richard Jenkins is one of many intriguing elements in this serious-minded indie drama.

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Elevate (2011) – [limited]

Certificate PG 81 min – Documentary

Director: Anne Buford

From a basketball academy in Senegal, to the high-pressure world of American prep schools, the film documents the extraordinary personal journeys of four particularly tall West African Muslim teenage boys with NBA dreams.

The Buzz: Hopefully Anne Buford’s documentary will be able to shake all those Hoop Dreams comparisons and find its audience.

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Glitch in the Grid (2011) – [10/20]

Certificate: NOT-RATED 82 min – Drama

Director: Eric Leiser

Stars: Jay Masonek, Jeffrey Leiser, Eric Leiser

Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.

The Buzz: Indie film fans might be familiar with brothers Eric and Jeffrey Leiser and their association with renown stop-motion animator Jan Svankmajer. With an experimental eye, their third seems to hone in on issues surround the creative process, faith in God, and feeling out of step with the modern world.Though under the radar, we’re keeping an industry eye on this one.

In Theaters Now – Box Office Top Ten

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Footloose (2011)

Certificate PG-13 113 min – Comedy | Drama | Music

4.9/10

Metascore: 58/100 (35 reviews)

Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid

Director: Craig Brewer

City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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The Ides of March (2011)

Certificate R 101 min – Drama

7.5/10

Metascore: 67/100 (42 reviews)

Director: George Clooney

Stars:Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play byBeau Willimon.

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Dolphin Tale (2011)

Certificate PG 113 min – Drama | Family

5.8/10

Metascore: 64/100 (31 reviews)

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

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Moneyball (2011)

Certificate PG-13 133 min – Biography | Drama | Sport

8.2/10

Metascore: 87/100 (41 reviews)

Director: Bennett Miller

Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

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50/50 (2011)

Certificate R 100 min – Comedy | Drama

8.4/10

Metascore: 72/100 (41 reviews)

Director: Jonathan Levine

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

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Courageous (2011)

Certificate PG-13 129 min – Drama | Family

6.2/10

Metascore: 42/100 (10 reviews)

Director: Alex Kendrick

Stars: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes

When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.

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The Big Year (2011)

Certificate PG 100 min – Comedy

5.6/10

Metascore: 54/100 (27 reviews)

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Steve Martin

Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event.

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Puss in Boots (2011)

90 min – Adventure | Animation | Comedy | Fantasy

Director: Chris Miller

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis

A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.

THE BUZZ: Wondering out loud: are spin-offs more cost effective and less fan-provoking than reboots? With so many franchises at or approaching their respective ends, and no true successors on the horizon (see: The Golden Compass through The Last Airbender), spin-offs have come into focus. Even the Twilight saga is letting the idea percolate, as are the people who bring us Fast and Furious. Originally conceived for a DVD release, the wily Puss in Boots will test the Shrek universe’s meddle, though its production has been flying under the radar early into 2011. The cat is cooler than the ogre, right?

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In Time (2011)

109 min – Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Director: Andrew Niccol

Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

THE BUZZ: If there ever were a metaphor for trying to remain famous in Hollywood… I feel like Andrew Niccol is poised to make a classic thriller someday(and yes, I love Gattaca and even have a fondness for Lord of War); hopefully he can he fashion this Logan’s Run-esque premise into something transcendent,and audiences will buy into a complex storyline where Olivia Wilde is Justin Timberlake’s mother. (Also, for what it’s worth: one of the reasons we love Justin Timberlake is that he never writes or performs songs for movies he’s in.) Is Now really going to be the final title?

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The Rum Diary (2011)

120 min – Adventure | Drama

Director: Bruce Robinson

Stars: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

THE BUZZ: Hard to believe that Depp signed on for this film before Jack Sparrow was even a twinkle in Keith Richard’s eye. And Pirates logistics were just part of this film’s bumpy road to the big screen. An extensive post-production (filming completed over 2 years ago), distribution dilemmas and the unexpected death of its creator, Hunter S. Thompson, make Depp’s return to his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas form one of the more anticipated performances of the year,and also bittersweet.

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Anonymous (2011) – [limited]

130 min – Drama

Director: Roland Emmerich

Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis

A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.

THE BUZZ: Easily the most daring major-studio release of the year (and perhaps the most ill-advised?), Anonymous represents Roland Emmerich’s brief respite from action filmmaking of diminishing returns, and the first time that Rhys Ifans has toplined a mainstream project. Did Ifans get a new agent or something, because he’s about to be everywhere – from The Lizard in the Spider-Man reboot to, allegedly, Catweazle and (in the best bit of indie casting ever) as The Teardrop Explodes singer Julian Cope. Meanwhile, I guess we’ll see the play Richard II staged in some way?

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Like Crazy (2011) – [limited]

90 min – Drama | Romance

Director: Drake Doremus

Stars: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

THE BUZZ: This romantic drama is so underplayed, realistic, and ambiguous — without resorting to twee whisperspeak — that it should cleanse your palette of all those mumblecore soft landings and the forgettable-but-still-annoying-when-we-recall-it Drew Barrymore/Justin Long long-distance dedication. Look for Felicity Jones to sign on for a number of Hollywood movies this winter; meanwhile, we wonder what writer-director Drake Doremus will tackle next …

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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

104 min – Drama

Metascore: 55/100 (5 reviews)

Director: Julia Leigh

Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie

A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

THE BUZZ: Poor Emily Browning (Sucker Punch); her breakout year turned out to be a snoozefest instead. This film’s sexually-charged content divided audiences at its Cannes Film Festival premiere, but not in a good way, and wound up generating more negative reviews than controversy.

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Janie Jones (2010) – [NYC/Seattle]

114 min – Drama | Music

Director: David M. Rosenthal

Stars: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue

A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.

THE BUZZ: I could have guessed that Alessandro Nivola’s plays the aging rocker in the newest movie from indie filmmaker David Rosenthal, who always manages to attract great cast members, though he hasn’t yet had a breakthrough. Gently critiqued thus far, it appears the musical connection between father Nivola and daughter Breslin is introduced in a way that undermines important things such as character development and narrative arcs.

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