Brief reviews of movies now playing in Columbus.
A cute if tiring experiment, this doc follows four kids from different cultures through their first year, using an unobtrusive single camera and no voiceover. Grade: B
"The Back-Up Plan"
The light-on-laughs bastard child of a rom-com, J.Lo's mommy movie could've used a little more time in the oven. Grade: C-
"The Girl on the Train"
Starring Catherine Deneuve, this arty psychological drama follows a young woman who makes up a story about an anti-semitic attack.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
A 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 is the 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-
"Iron Man 2"
Robert Downey Jr. and his magical mechanical suit are back for more thrills, thankfully avoiding the villain-overload that's plagued other sequels. Grade: B
Gateway's Pride-themed Late Night series continues with the glam-rock pic starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a bisexual performer modeled after David Bowie.
A clever conceit - four salespeople posing as a family try to sell the American Dream to their neighbors - ultimately falls flat. Grade: C+
Irreverent and violent, this DIY take on superhero angst is smart and witty enough that it shouldn't be relegated to cult status. Grade: B+
With a story that's a roller coaster of betrayal and ridiculous twists, this mindlessly fun action flick is testosterrific. Grade: A-
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
A faithful reboot of Wes Craven's classic bedtime bloodbath features updated effects and a solid lead, with Jackie Earle Haley filling Freddy's sweater. Grade: B
The mountain-climbing scenes in this 1930s story of two German men attempting to scale a treacherous peak are riveting. Luckily, there's plenty of them. Grade: B
"One Too Many Mornings"
A listless twentysomething struggles to come to terms with booze, his buddy and his best friend's girl in this Sundance Film Fest pick.
Russell Crowe will be the latest in a long line of actors to tackle the folk-hero outlaw in this Ridley Scott flick.
"The Secret of Kells"
The many charms of this old-school, hand-drawn work of art may be lost on moviegoers who've grown addicted to 3-D excess. Grade: B+
"The Yellow Handkerchief"
Take time to enjoy the scenery in this leisurely road-trip flick, about three strangers cruising emotional backroads in post-Katrina Louisiana. Grade: B+