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.

-Shelley Mann


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.

3 stars

"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.

"City Island"

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.

3.5 stars

"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."

"Heavenly Creatures"

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.

3 stars


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.

3 stars

"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.

3 stars

"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.

2 stars

"Rear Window"

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.

"Seven Samurai"

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.

3 stars


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.