Short reviews of films now playing in Columbus.
Local filmmaker John Whitney will screen his newest film, "Eroded," Saturday at the Gateway Film Center. A haunting sketch of a guy talking to a face buried in the ground inspired Whitney to create this story, about a brother and sister left reeling after their loved ones are killed in a car accident. Fittingly, it involves conversations with the buried. Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening are available online or at the box office, but seats are limited.
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.
"The Big Lebowski"
You may have to leave your bowling ball at home, but you can order a White Russian at the bar when you watch the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult classic, late nights this weekend at the Gateway.
A suburban family is thrown into chaos when they discover everyone's hiding secrets.
"Get Him to the Greek"
A sort of spinoff of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," punk comedian Russell Brand and pudgy straight-man Jonah Hill re-team for this rock 'n' roll road trip. Antics ensue.
"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.
"The Good, the Bad, the Weird"
A Cannes favorite, this South Korean Western was inspired by Sergio Leone's classic "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
Kate Winslet takes the spotlight in this week's Kate x 3 entry with her star-making turn as a murderous teen. The 1994 flick unspools June 6 at the Gateway, with a talk presented by OSU Theatre and Friends Film-Discussion Group.
"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.
Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher join forces for an action rom-com about a secret CIA job and would-be assassination plot. It's like "True Lies" gets punk'd by "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in a Nikon commercial.
Go in with relatively low expectations and you'll be mildly surprised by this SNL spinoff/"MacGyver" ripoff.
"Manuela and Manuel"
See this telenovela-style story about a drag performer who slips into his female persona as part of an LGBT triple-bill at the Gateway Film Center this weekend. $15 gets you into "Manuela," "Dream Boy" and "Just Say Love."
Perhaps the most anticipated comic-strip adaptation since "Dennis the Menace," this canine comedy promises a doggone good time. Of course, we're still waiting for the Dogme 95 version of "Cathy," a remodernist rumination on ennui and the single gal.
"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.
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
We were hoping for fun popcorn action, but instead got a lot of blather about a magic dagger and some fairly unimpressive CGI. Stick to the game.
Hitchcock's slow-burning meditation on voyeurism and aspect ratios may be as relevant now as in 1954. It returns to the Ohio on June 4 and 6 as part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series.
You can see the influence of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic every time a gang of hardscrabble anti-heroes teams up to beat the bad guys. See the original this week at the Gateway.
"Sex and the City 2"
At two-and-a-half hours, the return of Sarah Jessica Parker and her cosmo crew is more than enough to satisfy fans and bore all those dragged along in protest.
Boasting the creepiest publicity photos since "Pan's Labyrinth," this sci-fi thriller opening Friday stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic engineers who splice together human DNA to create Dren, an eerily beautiful and crazy-smart creature they soon wish they'd never dreamt up.