Capsule reviews of movies now playing in Columbus

Capsule reviews of movies now playing in Columbus

"Beginners"

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

3.5 stars

"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 really proves why his story needed to be told, but the man's charm is more than enough to carry this film.

3 stars

"Captain America: The First Avenger"

America's most American superhero has a backstory that involves killing Nazis. Team America, will you accept the challenge?

"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

"The Change-Up"

Despite the hackneyed switched-bodies plot and some lowbrow jokes, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds produce some genuinely funny moments.

2.5 stars

"Cowboys & Aliens"

A throwback Western with a great director (Jon Favreau), top-notch stars and a ripe sci-fi twist sadly gets bogged down and feels a bit hollow.

2.5 stars

"Crazy, Stupid, Love"

The film pairs romantic comedy cliches with indie film quirkiness, yet is successful thanks to a stellar cast and some clever dialogue.

3 stars

"Final Destination 5"

More people are decapitated, disemboweled, impaled, etc., in the latest installment of this tired horror franchise.

"Friends with Benefits"

Two friends (Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) decide to fulfill each other's sexual needs without emotion, and despite the capable leads this movie doesn't quite hit it off.

2.5 stars

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

There are thrills and laughs in the bittersweet ending to the beloved books' big screen adaptation.

3.5 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 in this darkly comedic romp: murdering one another's bosses.

3 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

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

More shenanigans from those damn, dirty apes - this time with James Franco.

"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