Short reviews of films currently in Columbus
The first documentary on the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of 1950 - 15,000 U.S. soldiers were surrounded by Chinese forces in the frozen North Korean mountains - has its Ohio premiere Saturday at Arena Grand.
The humor is driven by discomfort, not gags, but this comedy about a grown but clingy son is smart, warm and steadily funny.
The sort of grin-inducing kids movie that anyone can enjoy, and one of the very best computer-animated offerings that's not from Pixar.
Yippee-ki-yay! Bruce Willis' magnum opus is playing Saturday at Studio 35.
"Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Notoriously reclusive graffiti artist Banksy made this entertaining doc, an exploration of street art, but its real star is colorful French filmmaker Thierry Guetta.
The 1986 Jeff Goldblum classic, about a scientist who transforms into a man-fly after an experiment goes wrong, screens Friday at Studio 35.
Director Christopher Nolan pulls off this brilliant and complicated maze of a story, one of the best films of the year, like it's nothing.
An elaborate revenge tale from the filmmaker behind "Amelie" shares that movie's whimsy and dreamy visuals.
Surprise! The most kickass action movie of the summer stars Adrien Brody and Topher Grace. The Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot is awesome popcorn fun.
"Ramona and Beezus"
At long last, Beverly Cleary's classic children's series is coming to the big screen, with Selena Gomez playing the older sis Beezus.
"Requiem for a Dream"
Darren Aronofsky's brutal depiction of addiction is this week's Alive Late Night Movies pick at the Gateway.
"The Secret of Kells"
If you missed this Irish import in theaters this spring, the Drexel Summer Kids Festival offers another chance to catch it this weekend. A nominee for Best Animated Feature, it's a beautiful specimen of old-school, hand-drawn animation. The story's low-key, but the movie is lots of fun to watch.
Michael Douglas is a car salesman who pushes everyone out of his life with his self-sabotaging ways.
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
Lots of nifty effects but no real magic in Jerry Bruckheimer's modern-day sorcerer tale.
"Toy Story 3"
Never doubt Pixar - with the latest Woody and Buzz chapter, they once again pull off the feat of making a moving and emotionally complex kids' movie.
Director David Slade ("Hard Candy," "30 Days of Night") handles the moody storyline with more finesse than his predecessors, but it's still filled with too many abs.
Jennifer Lawrence is amazing (and getting well-deserved Oscar buzz) as a resilient teen from the impoverished Ozarks region in this fantastic Sundance favorite.
- Compiled by Shelley Mann