Film Clips

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

27 DRESSES, 2 ½ stars (PG-13) After being a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman (Katherine Heigl) wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with. 

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, 2 stars (PG) Some nice boy band satire in this tolerable, otherwise uninspired musical comedy for kids. This picture, after all, has only one idea: chipmunks that talk and sing.

ATONEMENT, 2 stars (R) A young man (James McAvoy)  is falsely  accused of rape by the jealous  sister (Saoirse Ronan) of his  privileged fiancée, played by Keira  Knightley.

THE BUCKET LIST, 2 ½ stars (PG-13) Two guys with terminal cancer share a hospital room and decide to live it up big before they kick the bucket. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are a pleasure to watch.

CASSANDRA'S DREAM, 2 ½ stars (PG-13) Woody Allen's story of two brothers (Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor) who become mortal enemies after scheming to solve their money problems by turning to crime.

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, 3 stars (R) The Oscar-winning trio of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman go to war for director Mike Nichols in a satire about a congressman securing arms for Afghan rebels.

CLOVERFIELD, 3 stars (PG-13) Terrifying monster movie about the destruction of New York City by a huge creature with inordinate strength. So horrific, it will give you bad dreams.

ENCHANTED, 3 stars (PG) Amy Adams, so sensational in "Junebug," gets her first starring role in this fantasy about a princess whisked by an evil queen from her fairy-tale realm to modern-day Manhattan.

FIRST SUNDAY, not reviewed (PG-13) Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan play best pals plotting to pay off a $17,000 gambling debt by robbing a church.

GRACE IS GONE, 2 stars (PG-13) John Cusack as a dad who must find the courage to tell his daughters that their mother was killed in Iraq. Film is more interested in the politics of the war than the human cost.

HOW SHE MOVE, 3 stars (PG-13) From Canada, of all places, a street-dancing/win-the-big-show hip-hop movie that has more than great choreography - well developed characters and a realistic story.

I AM LEGEND, 2 ½ stars (PG-13) Will Smith is the last human in New York surrounded by victims of a plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings. Based on the 1954 Richard Matheson sci-fi novel.

JUNO, 3 1/2 stars (PG-13) A pregnant teen gives her baby to a yuppie couple in this honest and moving film. Great performance by Ellen Page. With Allison Janney, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner.

THE KITE RUNNER, 3 stars (PG-13) From the bestseller, the tale of two Afghan boys Amir, the son of privilege, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a touching story and fascinating peek inside Afghanistan.

MAD MONEY, 2 stars (PG-13) Three women who work at the federal reserve pull off an inside bank heist by stashing old paper money in their underwear. Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes star.

MEET THE SPARTANS, not reviewed (PG-13) An "Epic Movie"-like parody of last year's box office hits, most notably  "300," which I thought was a parody in itself.

MICHAEL CLAYTON, 2 ½ stars (R) George Clooney is a "fixer" for a high-powered law firm who discovers his employers are defending a corporate client that will stop at nothing to squelch a class-action suit.

NANKING, not reviewed (PG) Through interviews with survivors, the Oscar-winning directing team of Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman ("Twin Towers") directors expose the West to a little talked about World War II atrocity that occurred during the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China.

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, 2 ½ stars (PG) Nicolas Cage reprises his role as the master archaeologist in the tale of yet another historical mystery.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, 4 stars (R) Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo") return to form with this mythical neo-western about a sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) trying to capture a ruthless murderer.

THE ORPHANAGE, 3 stars (R) Well-crafted haunted house flick about a young boy who goes missing when his parents turn an abandoned orphanage into their home. Highly suspenseful and frightening.

RAMBO, 1 star (R) Last year it was Rocky Balboa. Now Sylvester Stallone brings back his other signature character in a last-ditch attempt to milk a tired franchise for a few more bucks.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, 4 stars (R) Tim Burton brings Stephen Sondheim's macabre 1979 Broadway musical to the big screen with a killer cast featuring Johnny Depp as the revengeful barber.

TEETH, 3 stars (R) Grade-B horror film about a girl who has teeth where teeth shouldn't be. Guys will be squirming in their seats. It gets an extra star for the sheer audacity of the subject.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD, 2 1/2 stars (R) California oil fields circa 1910 is the setting for the battle of wills between a wildcatter (Daniel Day-Lewis) and a preacher (Paul Dano). The film is too long and the characters are shallow.

U2-3D, 4 stars (G) The band performs in a giant, 3D IMAX format that makes it feel like you can reach out and touch Bono's face, strum Edge's guitar or peer down like a bird and watch Larry Mullen pound his drum kit.

UNTRACEABLE, 2 stars (R) An FBI agent played by Diane Lane plays cat to a murderer's mouse. Turns out the crazed killer is posting live video of his slayings on the Internet. Might she or a member of her family be next?

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP, not reviewed (PG) The origins of the legendary Loch Ness monster are chronicled in Jay Russell's charming fantasy starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin.