"13 Assassins"

"13 Assassins"

Japanese director Takashi Miike ("Audition") remakes this 1963 classic, and the new version is as epic as possible, including an unforgettably relentless 45-minute battle sequence.

3.5 stars

"Beginners"

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer star in the story of a son whose father came out of the closet late in life.

"Bridesmaids"

Filled with steady laughs and stereotypes about marriage-obsessed women, this flick is smarter and funnier than "The Hangover."

3.5 stars

"Buck"

This documentary about the real-life horse whisperer never proves why his story needed to be told, but the man's charm is more than enough to carry this film.

3 stars

"Cars 2"

The sequel has colorful and eye-popping races with decent 3D, but lacks the heart of other Pixar films.

2.5 stars

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D "

Werner Herzog's documentary on the world's oldest known cave paintings is a wholly unique experience that proves 3D can be instrumental to a film's success.

4 stars

"Green Lantern"

Hotshot test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) must protect the world with a devil-may-care attitude, his tousled hair, and lots of green. It's not good.

1.5 stars

"The Hangover Part II"

By reusing exactly the same premise in a different locale, it's more of a remake than a sequel. Like most remakes, it's not as good as the original.

2.5 stars

"Horrible Bosses"

Leaving a job in this economy? That's not an option. So Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman turn to Plan B - murdering one another's bosses - in this darkly comedic romp.

3 stars

"Larry Crowne"

Tom Hanks is affable as a ho-hum guy going back to community college, but everything else is too saccharine and one-dimensional to be enjoyable.

1.5 stars

" Midnight in Paris "

Woody Allen's new comedy - his funniest flick in years - sends Owen Wilson's character back in time to 1920s Paris, where he meets Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

3.5 stars

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Even though it's a passable summer flick and Johnny Depp's Captain Jack is fun, the magic from the first film is gone.

2 stars

"Super 8 "

J.J. Abrams' latest uses secrecy for a tense build-up, and it recreates that sense of awe you had as a kid while watching movies like "E.T."

3.5 stars

"The Tree of Life"

Terrence Malick's latest opus is a sprawling, ambitious story that juxtaposes the events that shape a family in 1950s Texas with images of the birth of the world and dinosaurs. You'll either love it or hate it.

4 stars

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

The battle between the Autobots and Decepticons is a spectacle best seen in full Technicolor eyeball-violating 3D.

3 stars

"X-Men: First Class"

It's like regular "X-Men," only with leather seats, champagne and a curtain that divides them from the peons in the back.