Short reviews of films currently in theaters
The cult favorite, Michael Jai White-starring blaxploitation spoof is this weekend's midnight movie at the Drexel.
"Clash of the Titans"
The cult favorite gets a big-budget update, but the filmmakers spent more energy bringing these Greek gods to life than giving them anything to do. Grade: D-
"Death at a Funeral"
The remake of a British black comedy about the funeral of a family patriarch stars the delightful Peter Dinklage.
Whole Foods presents the Oscar-nominated doc, about community gardeners forced from their plot in South Central L.A., tonight at Studio 35.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
A layered and moody murder-mystery, the Swedish-language adaptation is lucky to have landed Noomi Rapace for the "tough but damaged" lead role. Grade: A-
Ben Stiller's the incredibly unlikable guy at the heart of writer-director Noah Baumbach's awkward, funny and sweet love story, one of the year's best. Grade: A
"How to Train Your Dragon"
An example of 3-D done right - what looks like a cut-and-paste kids flick is actually a pretty thrilling action movie. Grade: A-
A clever conceit - four salespeople posing as a family unit try to sell their American Dream lifestyle to the neighbors - ultimately falls flat. Grade: C+
Irreverent and over-the-top violent, this DIY take on superhero angst is smart and witty enough that it shouldn't be relegated to cult status. Grade: B+
A special forces team (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, etc.) is double-crossed and left for dead, then goes undercover to take down the enemy.
The newest film from DisneyNature explores the depths of the ocean, offering never-before-seen marine life imagery captured by high-tech underwater cameras.
"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
Pee-Wee's epic quest to find his stolen bicycle is paired with a Columbus Brewing Company tasting this Sunday at Studio 35.
"The Perfect Game"
Cheech Marin plays a coach heading up the ragtag Mexican baseball team that, against all odds, won the 1957 Little League World Series.
In familiar rise-and-fall territory, the tale of the '70s all-girl rock band starts strong and hits the right tone, but stumbles across the finish line. Grade: B-
"The Secret of Kells"
The many charms of this old-school, hand-drawn work of art may be lost on those moviegoers who've grown addicted to the eye-popping excess of 3-D movies. Grade: B+
Superhero movies are rarely as fun as Sam Raimi's take on the Spidey saga, screening as this weekend's Late Night Movie at the Gateway.